A Christmas Celebration! @ The Great Room at First Presbyterian Church
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 27 to help kick off the holiday season for Findlay and surrounding communities.

“A Christmas Celebration!” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Great Room on the day after Thanksgiving. This will be the TSO’s inaugural performance at First Presbyterian Church.

“They have performed many times at the University of Findlay and other places nearby, but not in our congregation,” said church pastor Cynthia Holder Rich. “We are excited to start a new tradition for Findlay and for First Presbyterian.”

Holder Rich, along with church member Marie Louden-Hanes, said the TSO concert will be a great way to begin “one of the most holy and celebrative seasons of the year.”

TSO’s interim resident conductor, Sara Jobin, will lead the orchestra through a variety of holiday classics including Robert Wendel’s “Little Bolero Boy,” music from Disney Pixar’s “The Polar Express,” and more.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the church office at 2330 S. Main St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It is our hope that we might be starting a tradition here,” Holder Rich said, “and that the Thanksgiving weekend might come to be known at First Presbyterian — along with the turkey, family gatherings, and football — as an annual celebratory gathering around amazing music and awe at God’s artistic gifts to us all.”

American Boy Choir @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Dec 6 @ 3:00 pm

Part of the 2015-2016 Blanchard Valley Health System Entertainment Series.

The New Jersey-based ensemble will present its holiday show.

Presale tickets are $15 for seniors/students and $20 for adults. Tickets at the door are $15 for seniors/students and $50 for adults.

Ticket sales will begin Aug. 10 for Arts Partnership patrons and on Aug. 24 to the public.

Millstream Singers and Old Millstream Ringers @ St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

The 10th annual concert pairing of the Millstream Singers and the Old Millstream Ringers will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St.

The concert is free and a free will offering will be taken.

The two groups will perform both in combination and individually, and will be presenting both sacred and secular Christmas music.

The Old Millstream Ringers was formed in 2000. Founder and current co-director Martha Avery formed the group with a set of handbells gifted to her by her husband, Rob. The original group consisted of 13 members, several of whom remain with the group today. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators.

The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based, English Handbell Choir. It performs a variety of music from sacred to secular, Broadway to Disney. As a nonprofit organization, in addition to public concerts, The Old Millstream Ringers also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and surrounding areas.

For more information about The Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410, Malloy at 419-424-1751 or Jeanie Waaland at 419-306-3680.

The Millstream Singers men’s choral group of Findlay is a member of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association and Findlay Arts Partnership. The group was formed in 1980 and, over the years, has acquired an extensive library of choral music. The group, under the direction of Norman Cassidy, a retired music educator and conductor, performs at various civic functions, local events, and nursing homes and in the Findlay/Hancock area. The singers are accompanied by Susan Kayser.

In addition to traveling to big sings in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the singers have traveled to many special events and venues, including in 1998 when the group participated in the second annual “Men of Song” showcase at Disney World. In 2000, as ambassadors of Ohio for the National Festival of States, the group traveled to Washington, D.C., where it performed at the Shrine For The Immaculate Conception, The Jefferson Memorial and The Fairfax, a retirement home for high-ranking military officers.

For more information about The Millstream Singers, or to book a performance, contact Cassidy at 419-927-9122 or Kim Grove at 419-425-5201.

Hot Jazz for a Cold Evening @ Biggs Theatre at Freed Center
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join the ONU Jazz Ensemble for Hot Jazz for a Cold Evening. Program to be announced.

Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet Concert @ Freed Center
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The ONU Wind Orchestra (Thomas A. Hunt, conductor) and Symphony Orchestra (Travis Jürgens, conductor) each take a turn on the stage and will perform works that point toward Christmas.  The program features reflective and provocative literature for the wind and symphony orchestra, including some selections best described as “sacred.”

Carey Ecumenical Christmas Choir Concert @ Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm

Area singers are invited to join the Carey Ecumenical Christmas Choir as preparations begin for this year’s concert, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay St., Carey.

This year will mark the choir’s 44th year of presenting this musical program at the shrine.
Choir rehearsals will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 116 W. Findlay St., Carey. All rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The first rehearsals are scheduled for Oct. 22 and Oct. 27.

The choir is open to all singers high school age and up. Registration forms will be available at the first rehearsal.

For more information, contact Jack Gerding, director of music ministries for the Carey basilica, at 419-396-7107 or

Findlay First Edition and Pantasia @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm

Part of the 2015-2016 Blanchard Valley Health System Entertainment Series.

Findlay High School’s show choir, the Findlay First Edition, and steel drum band, Pantasia, will combine their talents for a performance that serves as a fundraiser for both groups. Tickets are $10 by presale and $15 at the door.

Ticket sales will begin Aug. 10 for Arts Partnership patrons and on Aug. 24 to the public.

The Huntertones @ Alexandria's
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm

Part of the Arts Partnership’s After Hours series.

The New York-based jazz group features heavy horn-driven compositions that meld jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, gospel, R&B, and rock. General admission tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door.

Ticket sales will begin Aug. 10 for Arts Partnership patrons and on Aug. 24 to the public.

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