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Christmas at The Ritz 7:00 pm
Christmas at The Ritz @ The Ritz Theatre
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Tiffin University will present its annual holiday concert featuring selections in a variety of styles, including large performance ensembles, the University Choir, Concert Band, TU Gospel Choir, Pop Choir, Big Band, and the Dance Team. Each will be joined by small ensembles, including the rock fusion band DFX, a cappella groups Up in the Air and Higher Ground, the New Orleans-style band Word On The Street, the TU Songwriting Collective, the hip-hop group New HhITEs and the 75-voice TU Kids Choir. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Hancock County Corporation for Independent Living Benefit Concert 7:00 pm
Hancock County Corporation for Independent Living Benefit Concert @ Findlay High School
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
The Hancock County Corporation for Independent Living (HCCIL) is hosting a benefit holiday concert at Findlay High School at 7 p.m. Friday. Performers are the high school’s Findlay First Edition show choir, Voices In Perfection, Pantasia steel drum band and the Van Buren High School Show Choir, The Association. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. Proceeds will provide accessible housing to the disabled.
A Blues Christmas 8:00 pm
A Blues Christmas @ Former Wiechart Pharmacy
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Johnny Reed & The Houserockers will transform the venue into the “Neon Blues Club” when ArtSpace/Lima hosts “A Blues Christmas.” The band is known for its songs that blend pop hooks with blues- and rock-influenced grooves, along with extensive jamming at their live shows. The event will feature a cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and silent auction items. Buy tickets at ArtSpace/Lima, 65 Town Square, Lima, or by visiting www.artspacelima.com.
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The Glory Way Quartet 7:00 pm
The Glory Way Quartet @ New Beginnings United Methodist Church
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Deshler will host The Glory Way Quartet at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. There is no cost for the concert and refreshments will be provided. The quartet is a Southern Gospel group which has received acclaim and has performed throughout the area and several times at New Beginnings Church.
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A 1940s Nutcracker 2:00 pm
A 1940s Nutcracker @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts continues its holiday season with the return of Neos Dance Theatre’s “A 1940s Nutcracker” for two Dec. 3 performances, complete with recognizable Hancock County landmarks in its scenery. The shows begin at 2 and 7 p.m., with $25 tickets available at the Marathon Center’s box office, at www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance. Tickets include a preshow visit in the lobby with Santa Claus. Selected dancers dressed in their “Nutcracker” costumes will also be available for pictures and questions, along with live holiday music beforehand. Neos performs its Nutcracker version around the state, but will always consider Findlay its holiday home, according to a press release from the Marathon Center. The ballet premiered here five years ago at Central Auditorium, which was later renovated to become the main stage at the performing arts center. This will be the third time Neos has performed its “Nutcracker” in Findlay, linking the heritage of both venues. The performance is an update of the traditional “Nutcracker,” where a nutcracker doll is given to a young girl. The doll comes alive on Christmas Eve and rescues the girl from an evil Mouse King. She is then whisked away to a magical kingdom where she is entertained by enchanted dolls presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Using the recognizable music of Tchaikovsky, Neos co-founder and artistic director Bobby Wesner has tweaked the story to reflect the communities where it is performed. Images showcased in Findlay’s version include the old courthouse, Patterson’s Department Store, the Harris Theatre, Malabar Farm and Ohio Oil. The Chinese dance is performed by Rosie the Riveter-style rubber workers, reflecting Cooper Tire & Rubber’s history. The Russian dance is now the adventure of a Courier newspaper delivery boy, complete with bicycle. More than 40 local dancers will participate in the production, including those from the Findlay Academy of Ballet. The performance will be anchored by Neos’ 13 professional dancers, who this year will perform versions of “A 1940s Nutcracker” in Findlay, Mansfield and Elyria.
Bluffton University Holiday Collage Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Holiday Collage Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall
Dec 3 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University will host the Holiday Collage Concert, where all of Bluffton’s music ensembles come together to celebrate Christmas. A freewill offering for scholarships will be collected.
The Story of Winter 3:00 pm
The Story of Winter @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “The Story of Winter” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The performance will be free, but tickets will be required. They can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., by calling the box office at 419-423-2787, or by visiting marathoncenterarts.org. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the concert. The performance will include “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Conducting UF’s orchestra for the first time will be Soojin Lee, an award-winning performer and musical instructor from Korea. She has conducted the Collegiate Wind Ensemble and University Band at Ohio State University, and has been a Columbus Youth Orchestra instructor. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in viola performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Violinist Siryung Park will be the featured soloist. She is an accomplished orchestra and chamber musician who has performed throughout the world. In her youth, she was a two-time winner of the YMCA Competition, and in 2005 she was awarded first prize in the Starling Scholarship Competition. Park is also a sought-after instructor who teaches violin at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music.
Merry Men and Jingling Bells 7:30 pm
Merry Men and Jingling Bells @ First Lutheran Church
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
Millstream Singers and The Old Millstream Ringers will present “Merry Men and Jingling Bells” at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, and a freewill offering will be taken. The Millstream Singers, a men’s choral group from Findlay and members of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association, began holding its first rehearsals in a choir room at Findlay College (now the University of Findlay) in 1980, with music borrowed from Bowling Green State University. The chorus has since acquired an extensive library of choral music and rehearses weekly at First Presbyterian Church on Monday evenings. The group performs at various civic functions, local events and nursing homes, and is available upon request to serve Findlay/Hancock County and surrounding areas. They also travel to and host Big Sings of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. The group’s director is Norman Cassidy and their accompanist is Susan Kayser. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Today, the group is directed by Avery and co-director Gail Malloy, both retired music educators and, collectively, the members have been ringing handbells for over 300 years. The group performs a variety of music from sacred to secular, Broadway to Disney. In addition to public concerts, the group 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 the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
Riley Creek UMC Christmas Carol Sing 7:30 pm
Riley Creek UMC Christmas Carol Sing @ Riley Creek United Methodist Church
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 46th annual Christmas Carol Sing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Like an old-fashioned songfest around the piano, the program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church Choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul Choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony. The church is located southeast of Ottawa and northwest of Pandora at the intersection of Putnam County Roads M and 7-L. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is pastor.
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Bluffton University Holiday Concert 11:00 am
Bluffton University Holiday Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am
The Bluffton University music department will showcase its ensembles during the annual Christmas Festival Forum, where they will perform compositions to prepare hearts and minds for the Christmas season.
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Hancock County Children’s Choir 6:30 pm
Hancock County Children’s Choir @ Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership will present two holiday performances of the the Hancock County Children’s Choir, featuring a selection of classic Christmas and holiday songs. At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, the choir will perform at Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. The choir will collect donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for Christian Clearing House. The choir will also perform at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in the chapel at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. Both performances are free and open to the public.
The Hot Club of San Francisco’s “Cool Yule” 7:30 pm
The Hot Club of San Francisco’s “Cool Yule” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
The Hot Club of San Francisco will swing into Findlay to heat up the Christmas season with “Cool Yule” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $27 and available at the Marathon Center’s box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., at www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance. “Cool Yule” is described by the Marathon Center as “a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole” featuring many holiday favorites and some rarer seasonal standards. The group is led by Paul Mehling, who has been dubbed the godfather of American gypsy jazz. According to the group’s website, Mehling was largely inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Reinhardt, a renowned Belgian-born Romani guitarist and bandleader who emerged from France and had his career take off in the 1930s, revolutionized the guitar with the unique solo style he developed after injuring two of his fingers in a fire. Mehling was a fan of rock and roll groups like the Beatles, but preferred to play acoustic guitar, though classical music didn’t scratch his musical itch, either. “Then I heard Django,” Mehling said. “Three guitars, bass, and violin and they sounded and acted like a rock band.” Hot Club of San Francisco’s first album was produced by Mehling and put out on the band’s own label. Since then, they’ve put out nine more albums of gypsy-flavored jazz. In 2000, The Hot Club of San Francisco was the first American band invited to play the Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine, ground zero for the current Django revival. The group’s current lineup features Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and guitar; Evan Price on violin; Jordan Samuels on guitar; and Sam Rocha on bass. For more information, visit www.hotclubsf.com.
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Voices in Perfection/Findlay First Edition Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Show 4:00 pm
Voices in Perfection/Findlay First Edition Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Show @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm
The 17th annual Voices in Perfection (VIP)/Findlay First Edition (FFE) Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Show fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, at Findlay High School. VIP and FFE will give two performances in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium, with a matinee at 4 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. The spaghetti dinner, catered by Olive Garden, will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets for dinner and one performance are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Performance-only tickets are $9. Advance tickets may be purchased from a VIP or FFE member, Trends on Main, or at the door prior to the performance. A limited number of tickets for the spaghetti dinner will be available at the door. First Edition, the Findlay High School award-winning show choir, will perform four of the group’s competition numbers: “Back to Then,” “I Hear a Song,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” and “Lost with Time.” FFE will also perform holiday selections, including: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Carol of the Bells,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Man with a Bag” and “The Light Come Down.” VIP is the FHS freshman show choir, and will perform the following selections: “At Christmas,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “When Love Came Down,” “Santa Claus Boogie,” and “Rockin’ Down the Chimney Tonight.” The groups will share the stage with Fusion, the Donnell Middle School Show Choir, for the 4 p.m. performance; and Northern Lights, the Glenwood Middle School Show Choir, for the evening performance. FFE and VIP will join together to close the performance on two selections, “Sleigh Ride” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” For additional information, contact the FHS Vocal Music Office at 419-425-8282.
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Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra’s “Season of Joy” 3:00 pm
Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra’s “Season of Joy” @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm
The Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present its first “Season of Joy” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. The concert is free and open to the public, and the Chamber Orchestra hopes to make this an annual tradition, showing up at a different church each year. The FHS Chamber Orchestra comprises the top 20 string players in the FHS Symphony Orchestra, as determined by auditions. The group rehearses after school once a week and performs several concerts throughout the year. The “Season of Joy” concert features sophisticated arrangements of several holiday classics. Several musical guests will join the Chamber Orchestra for the concert, including professional flutist Desra Dabney and Ben Koval, music director at St. Michael’s Church. Additionally, 13 eighth-grade orchestra students from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools received a special invitation to perform three pieces with the Chamber Orchestra during the concert. Another featured soloist will be Sophie Wohl, FHS senior and concertmaster of the FHS Symphony Orchestra and FHS Chamber Orchestra. The FHS Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Ken Pressel. For more information, email Pressel at kpressel@fcs.org or call or text 419-429-2300.
University of Findlay Symphonic Band 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Symphonic Band @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will combine forces for their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. “Wassail! An Olde English Christmas” is the theme for this year’s program. The concert will be free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music, the bands will perform a variety of well-known holiday songs from the British Isles including “I Saw Three Ships,” “Westminster Carol (Angels We Have Heard on High),” and others. The featured soloist for the concert will be Alison Morey, a senior pre-veterinary medicine major from Marietta. Morey, the winner of UF’s 2017-2018 Concerto Competition, will perform “Xylophonia” by Joseph Green on xylophone. Marie Louden-Hanes, Ph.D., professor of art history, will narrate the program. Harp interludes will be provided by Elise Krueger, a student in the University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. For more information, contact Taylor at jtaylor@findlay.edu or call 419-434-4573.
Hancock County Children’s Choir 3:15 pm
Hancock County Children’s Choir @ Birchaven Village Chapel
Dec 10 @ 3:15 pm
The Arts Partnership will present two holiday performances of the the Hancock County Children’s Choir, featuring a selection of classic Christmas and holiday songs. At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, the choir will perform at Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. The choir will collect donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for Christian Clearing House. The choir will also perform at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in the chapel at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. Both performances are free and open to the public.
Bluffton University presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ 4:00 pm
Bluffton University presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ @ Founders Hall at Bluffton University
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm
Bluffton University’s 122nd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 10 in Founders Hall. For more information, contact Natalie Mallis at mallisn@bluffton.edu or the music department office 419-358-3347.
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Youtheatre Club 4:00 pm
Youtheatre Club @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership is starting a monthly performing arts club through its Youtheatre program. Students in grades 1-12, regardless of ability or past involvement with Youtheatre, are encouraged to participate in Youtheatre Club, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday and ending May 8. Grades 1-5 will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 6-8 and 9-12 will meet from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $45 per year and meetings are held at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-4624, ext. 3, to sign up.
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Findlay High School Christmas Choral Concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Christmas Choral Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Music Department will host a Christmas choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in R. L. Heminger Auditorium. Featured in the concert will be the Findlay High School freshman, concert and symphonic choirs, with a special performance by the chamber orchestra. The choirs will sing traditional holiday favorites, and will ask the audience to join them in the singing of “Silent Night” to close the concert. The concert is free and open to the public, with doors to the auditorium opening at 6:45.
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Toledo Symphony Concert 7:00 pm
Toledo Symphony Concert @ St. Wendelin Catholic Church
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Toledo Symphony will perform a Christmas concert from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 323 N. Wood St, Fostoria. Tickets are $10 each, available at the parish office.
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Fostoria Community Band Holiday Concert 3:00 pm
Fostoria Community Band Holiday Concert @ Fostoria High School Wainwright Performing Arts Center
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Fostoria Community Arts Council will host its annual Fostoria Community Band holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 17, joined by the Fostoria High School band. The free concert will take place at Fostoria High School Wainwright Performing Arts Center.
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Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers 9:00 pm
Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers @ Findlay Elks Lodge North Ridge Banquet Hall
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 12:30 am
Findlay’s own Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers will rock in the new year with their blend of 1950s and 1960s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing. Guests will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight.

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