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Friday Night Live 7:30 pm
Friday Night Live @ The National Theatre at The Ritz
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm
Looking for something to do on a Friday night? The National Theatre at The Ritz will host an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. Each Friday Night Live will feature two or three regional entertainers that may include a folk singer, a jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist. Join us for a glass of wine or cup of coffee in this casual, intimate setting. This week’s artists include: Cellocentric, a cello/guitar/bass trio from Cleveland, and November Rising, a modern rock duo from Tiffin.
Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk 6:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk @ First Lutheran Church
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm
The Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. unity walk and program at 6 p.m. Thursday — King’s birthday — at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St. in Findlay. The walk will start at the church and end in Dorney Plaza for brief reflection and prayer. The Dr. King program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the church. State Rep. Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, will speak. This is the 33rd year for the program. An offering will be collected for the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center. The walk is sponsored by the center in partnership with the University of Findlay.
All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools’ annual “All-City Orchestra Festival,” scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, will showcase string players in grades five through 12. The fifth-grade orchestra, directed by Anita Schaible, will perform four selections: “Pirate Ships,” “Valsette,” “Imitation Mozart” and “String Explosion.” The middle school orchestra, comprised of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade string players from Glenwood and Donnell, will perform “Velocity,” “Out of the Winter” and “Rumba Bumba.” They will be directed by Christine Klosterman. The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing: “Best of Bach,” “Wizards in Winter” — a selection made popular by the Trans Siberian Orchestra — and “Mission Impossible Theme.” The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Ken Pressel, orchestra department chair, with assistant director Schaible.
UF Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration 7:30 pm
UF Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm
Afro Blue, a premier jazz ensemble from Howard University, will be the featured performer for The University of Findlay’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration to be held Wednesday, Jan. 21. The performance will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Formed in 2002, the group performs music styled after Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 while adding its own unique sound. It characterizes itself as a “vocal big band” and has performed on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” reached the top four on NBC’s a cappella group competition “The Sing-Off,” and joined Bobby McFerrin during the 2011 D.C. Jazz Festival. Afro Blue has also established a continuing relationship with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has opened for The Manhattan Transfer and John Hendricks and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops. The event is being sponsored by The University of Findlay Diversity Initiative, The Buford Center for Diversity and Service, Student Government Association and the Anointed Worship Gospel Choir. To also honor King’s memory, the University groups will be participating in two service days for the needy, served by Chopin Hall, in collaboration with the University’s Office of Service and Community Engagement. On Friday, Jan. 23, they will host a toiletry drive to collect soap and shampoo at the Buford Center, 1222 N. Cory Street, and at the Alumni Memorial Union’s Fireplace Lounge on Frazer Street, both between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 24, they will be volunteering at a mobile food pantry.
The Sounds of the Islands 7:30 pm
The Sounds of the Islands @ R. L. Heminger Auditorium
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kicking off the Blanchard Valley Health System Community Month, Findlay First Edition and Pantasia will present “The Sounds of the Islands,” paired with singing, dancing and instrumentals. This pairing of talent is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at Findlay High School. This performance serves as a fundraiser for FFE and Pantasia. Now in its 31st season, this award-winning show choir has continuously entertained audiences with its distinctive style of performing. FFE has claimed 80 grand championships and 36 national awards, including a two-time showstoppers grand champion, fame show choir cup, fame New York grand champion, and the 2014 third runner-up at the Fame Show Choir National finals. This year, FFE will travel to the Churubusco Invitational, Medina Midwest Showcase, Grove City Voices in the Grove, and Show Choir Nationals at the Grand Ole Opry House. Accompanying the group is the instrumental ensemble known as The Boingers. The Boingers, directed by Alycia Althouse, supply an energizing background to the 50-member show choir, and have also won over 50 caption awards for best instrumental combo. Also accompanying the group is a seven-member crew. FFE is under the direction of Kevin Manley with choreography by Andy Haines. The members of First Edition are involved in many other activities at Findlay High School, and maintain a group grade point average of 3.5. The steel drum phenomenon, otherwise known as Pantasia, has been delivering exciting performances for audiences since 1997. Since its inception by director Tim Mattis, Pantasia has flourished as a performing ensemble. The 21-member performing group is in high demand, averaging over 40 performances a year and performing in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and on several Caribbean cruises.
Sing-Along with Anthony Zarola 1:00 pm
Sing-Along with Anthony Zarola @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Anthony Zarola is a musician with an amazing talent for guitar and a love for kids. Visit Little Main Street and sing along as he leads the audience in favorite children’s songs and selections of classical music.
Bluffton Artist Series: Cantus 7:30 pm
Bluffton Artist Series: Cantus @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bluffton Artist Series brings to the campus each year a number of outstanding concert artists and ensemble groups. This month, men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is featured. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m Individual event prices are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students, $15 for Bluffton faculty/staff, $5 for Bluffton University students.
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ 4:00 pm
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ @ College First Church
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ is the conclusion to a series of beginner and intermediate workshops. Mike Anderson will be performing selections on the Dulcimer and will invite Dulcimer Gatherin’ to join him. Mike Anderson is one of the most versatile folk performers and educators in the Midwest. Under Mike’s leadership, the New Salem Storytelling Festival, and the Clayville Music and Storytelling Festival before that, events of national renown. Mike is also nationally renown, appearing at the Nat’l Mt. Music Festival, holding a prestigious position on the faculty of the Mt. Dulcimer Workshops at Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC and West Carolina Univ., NC, Dulcimer Workshops, and presenting workshops and concerts across the US. Mike’s children’s concerts are very popular. He received a National Children’s television award for his show “Mike’s Music Works.” Under the auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted many teacher and parent workshops for developing literacy through the art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary.. Mike plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones, and more. He is best known as an outstanding mountain dulcimer player. Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ is part of the Blanchard Valley Health System Community Month. – See more at: