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April 2015

April 26, 4:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Chamber Singers & Choral Union Spring Concert "Imprints, Musical Influences on the Mind, Body, and Soul," St. John United Church of Christ

The Defiance College Choral Union and Defiance College Chamber Singers will be presenting an evening of choral music. The concert program is entitled “Imprints,” and focuses on the influences of music on the mind, body, soul. The concert features DC staff accompanist Candace Stoffel on piano, and percussion ensemble led by DC director of bands Bridget Olenik.

Imprints is a concept that is ingrained in the program in several ways beginning with the accompaniment; imprints left by a hand or mallet and the piano hammers striking the strings. Three themes are presented on how music influences one’s life including the church as a child, movies and theatre, and nature. This is represented in the first half as the Chamber Singers perform three pieces from each genre. In the second half, the text selections by Tarik O’Regan create several waves of musical and emotional responses. Music is said to have great power over one’s mood and making music is one of the few activities that uses both sides of the brain simultaneously and equally. The concert will close with two combined numbers again returning to nature and adding a new thought of musical influence, the community.

April 26 & 27, 7:00 p.m. ~ Audition Notice ~ Fort Defiance Players Production of Mary Poppins, Schomburg Auditorium, Defiance College

Open to the public. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a short number (accompanist will be available). Those auditioning will also be taught a brief dance routine which will be performed in a group. Production dates: October 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, & 18, 2015 at the Defiance Community Auditorium.

April 28, 7:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Community Band, Spring Concert, Defiance Community Auditorium

Event is free and open to the public

April 30, 7:30 p.m. ~ City of Defiance Business Recognition, Leever Glass, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

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May 2015

May 1, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Black Swamp Strings Spring Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

The Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra will be performing its final concert of the 2014-2015 season, titled “Masterworks and Friends.” The DCBSSO consists of more than 60 Defiance College students, community members of all ages, and professional musicians performing quality orchestral repertoire for the greater Defiance area.

This concert will feature the beautiful works of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” ballet and Sibelius’s “Finlandia” symphonic poem. The other portion of the program includes soloists that will be featured with the orchestra. Soloists include orchestra members Elyse Mosier (violin) and Matthew Hogan (violin). Also featured on the program is Defiance College soprano Lindsay Kasmer and the DCBSSO principal French horn Scott Fisher. He will perform movements from the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 K447 on the natural horn, an instrument from the early 19th century that would have been used for this concerto when the piece was written.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance. Admission is free and open to the public. Free will donations are accepted.

May 3, 3:00 p.m. ~ Sousa Concert, Defiance Community Auditorium

May 8, 7:30 p.m. ~ City of Defiance Hall of Fame Induction, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

May 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ~ 10th Annual Lilac Festival, Downtown Defiance

May 15 (New Date), Workshop 4:00 p.m. & Performance 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series Presents Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

May 30, 6:00 p.m. ~ Southern Gospel Jubilee, Stroede Center for the Arts

Featuring Bluegrass Praise, Enoch Shelton, Rev. T.R. Powers, and other local talent. Sponsored by Fullmer Road Baptist Church and The Lighthouse. Event is free and open to the public. There will be a free will donation. For more information call 419-980-0282 or email evgtrpowers@yahoo.com.

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June 2015

June 4, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series Presents Defiance College Community Band, Veteran's Memorial Park

June 8, 6:00 p.m. ~ Defiance Public Library Presents Summer Reading Challenge Kick Off, Stroede Center for the Arts

Bob Abdon will perform a puppet show presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

June 19, 7:00 p.m. ~ History of Jazz in Defiance, Author David Meyer, Stroede Center for the Arts

June 20, 5:00-9:00 p.m. ~ 3rd Annual Jazz Festival, Kingsbury Park, Defiance

June 23, 6:00 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series Presents Ted Lange from SqueezeBox, Pontiac Park

June 25-27, 8:00 p.m. & June 28, 2:00 p.m. ~ Fort Defiance Players Present Vanya Sonia Masha & Spike, Stroede Center for the Arts

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July 2015

July 16, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series Presents Mariachi Monumental, Triangle Park

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August 2015

August 6, 6:00 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series Presents Bud Widmer's Rube Band, UAW Park

August 6-9 ~ Fort Defiance Players Dinner Theatre Presents The Odd Couple, Serrick Center, Defiance College Campus

August 12, 6:30 p.m. ~ Defiance Public Library Presents Zak Morgan, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

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September 2015

September 13, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Tower Brass, Stroede Center for the Arts

For over 30 years the Tower Brass has shaped its reputation as a premier chamber music ensemble delighting audiences with a unique style of programming and performance. Critics have consistently praised Tower Brass for its innovation, repertoire, musicianship, and stage presence.

September 17, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Bob Rex Trio, Historic Valentine Theater

The Bob Rex Trio has entertained audiences for over 30 years at jazz venues such as Rusty's and the Village Idiot. The trio, led by drummer Bob Rex a Defiance native, presents a play list of traditional jazz, ballads, and blues.

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October 2015

October 11, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Nathan Carterette, Stroede Center for the Arts

Pianist Nathan Carterette has distinguished himself by performing a wide range of works from Elizabethan keyboard to contemporary music. Performing all over the United States and in Germany, Carterette has premiered works by MacMillan, Llewelyn, and Kim.

October 8, 10, 11, 15-18 ~ Fort Defiance Players Present Mary Poppins, Defiance Community Auditorium

October 15, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Harpeth Rising, Historic Valentine Theater

With a banjo, fiddle, hand drum, and cello, Harpeth Rising returns to Defiance. Harpeth Rising is a little bit bluegrass, folk, classical, and a whole lot original. Named for a small but powerful river in Tennessee, this trio fuses folk, newgrass, rock, and classical music into a unique sound.

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November 2015

November 8, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Faure Quartett, Stroede Center for the Arts

The Faure Quartett from Germany has established itself as one of the world's leading piano quartets since its founding in 1995. Worldwide tours have raised its profile in performance of works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, as well as contemporary works.

November 19-21, 7:30 p.m. ~ Young People's Theatre Guild Fall Performance, Stroede Center for the Arts

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December 2015

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January 2016

January 23, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Defiance Eagles

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra is one of the finest jazz ensembles in the country. Performing for over 30 years, the band has worked with jazz legends past and present and performs works of all the major bands of the past eight decades.

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February 2016

February 27, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Big Band Sound of the DCCB, Defiance Eagles

The Big Band Sound of the DCCB features big band classics, including the music of Miller and Ellington. Always a favorite with Defiance audiences, the band is composed of area musicians who have a love of big band music.

February 28, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Osbun-Manley & Ashmore, Stroede Center for the Arts

Soprano Kirsten Osbun-Manley and baritone Lance Ashmore perform an evening of song. Both are faculty members of Ohio Northern University and have extensive experience in performing a wide genre of music from art songs to opera to musical theater.

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March 2016

March 20, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Duo Allant, Stroede Center for the Arts

Kathryn Umble, flutist, and Francois Fowler, guitarist, form an unusual duo whose name means "two going forward, continuing to grow." Performing all over the United States, their repertoire includes traditional and modern works for flute and guitar.

March 31, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2015-2016 Performance Series Presents Tom Daugherty Big Band, Historic Valentine Theater

The Tom Daugherty Orchestra has soared to new heights performing arrangements of original Big Band swing music. Daugherty, a trombonist, has played with the Jimmy Dorsey Band, the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has performed with artists such as Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie.

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