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Findlay High School Alumni Musical Showcase 7:00 pm
Findlay High School Alumni Musical Showcase
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay High School Alumni Association will present the 20th annual Alumni Musical Showcase at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium, 1200 Broad Ave. Performers include the high school’s Findlay First Edition Show Choir (FFE) and the Voices in Perfection Freshman Show Choir (VIP); Krista Bigger and Zachary Barger will be featured vocalists; and the Reunion Band will provide a dose of rock ‘n’ roll. Roger Powell is the FHS alumni director and emcee for the event. Bigger, a 2001 FHS graduate, serves as the assistant choir director at Findlay High School and directs VIP, which she also choreographs. Performing and directing music professionally for 15 years, Bigger served as director of choirs at North Royalton High School, where she expanded the program from two choirs to seven choirs, spearheaded the development of its competitive show choir program and served as the vocal music director of its theater productions. Barger, a 2005 FHS graduate, works in commercial development for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Marine Transportation Department, and practiced law at Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli and Clark for five years. His double-bass skills helped land him a full ride to Bowling Green State University, and he served as contemporary worship leader at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Findlay from his freshman year until 2016. He will be joined on stage by his wife, Ashley (2005 FHS graduate), and close friends Evan Iles (2007 FHS graduate), Paul Romanoski, Ryan Clements, and Jeremy Schlarb. The Reunion Band’s roots go back to The Kalkulated Rysq, a band formed in the late 1960s by John Courtney, Scott Lavender, Dennis Reamsnyder, Phil Schey, Mike Rosati and Reginald Routson. All but Rosati graduated FHS in 1971. The group reformed for the 20th class reunion as the Reunion Band, and they were joined by fellow 1971 alumni Steve Wilson and Richard Wittenmyer. Off and on, younger FHS graduates such as Jerry Natal (’75), Dave Rinebolt (’75) and Susan Bright (’84) have also participated, and the group has raised more than $350,000 for local charities through its performances. Now in its 34th season, FFE is a 52-member show choir that has claimed 97 Grand Championships and 60 national awards, maintaining a group grade point average of 3.5. The group is accompanied by the Boingers, an instrumental ensemble that has won 70 caption awards for best instrumental combo; as well as a seven-member crew. Established in 1993, VIP will debut “Faith,” its show for the 2018 season. Comprising 40 singers/dancers, VIP is an auditioned ensemble made from students of the high school’s 100 Freshman Choir. The Rippers, directed by Alycia Althaus, are five instrumentalists that accompany VIP. Together, they have performed throughout the Findlay area as well as Kings Island and Cedar Point, along with the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago. General admission tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Findlay High School Alumni office at 419-420-7007, or by picking them up at the Instrument Care Center, 319 S. Main St., Findlay. They are also available at the door. Proceeds go to the Clothe-A-Child program.
Varsity Singers 7:30 pm
Varsity Singers @ Ada High School
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Ada High School Varsity Singers’ annual, free concert for the community will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the school auditorium. “Fire” has been the theme of this year’s show, which saw the group perform at the county fair, Ada Music Feast, and in six competitions. The Varsity Singers are composed of 30 singer/dancers, 11 band members, and 5 stage crew members.
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Bluffton University Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble 6:00 pm
Bluffton University Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble @ Yoder Recital Hall
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm
Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir program will commemorate composer Edwin Hawkins, who died in January, by singing his famous arrangement of “Oh Happy Day.” The Jazz Ensemble will play tunes by Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson and Duke Ellington.
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UF Concert-Chorale and University Singers Spring Concert 3:00 pm
UF Concert-Chorale and University Singers Spring Concert @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Concert-Chorale and University Singers annual spring concert will be inspired by a welcome presence to soothe the weary winter soul — birds in spring. The event will be held Sunday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Admission will be free, but tickets are required. They can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 200 W. Main Cross St., by calling 419-423-2787, or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. The “Birds in Spring” repertoire will include various choral music about birds and love. In particular, Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” will be performed in celebration of the late composer’s 100th birthday. Student soloists will include Stephen Christiansen, Jacob Sarver, Logan Vail, Kylie Martin, Kulin Tao, Junya Kitana, Luke Kleman, Angelique Toler, Andrew Peatee and Elizabeth Griffin. Conducting will be SeaHwa Jung, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at the University of Findlay.
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Million Dollar Quartet 7:30 pm
Million Dollar Quartet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay will get a close look at one of popular music’s most legendary jam sessions with the arrival of the “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Tickets cost $35, $45 and $55. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St.; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical takes audiences to Memphis’ Sun Records where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins recorded together for the first and only time. Around Christmas 1956, Carl Perkins was in a post-“Blue Suede Shoes” funk. He booked a recording session on Dec. 4 with producer Sam Phillips. Along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Perkins and his band recorded a number of songs including one of Perkins’ best-known records, “Matchbox.” Details from the rest of that day are still questioned, but this is what is known: Perkins and Lewis were later joined by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and the foursome held an impromptu jam session. A newspaper wrote, “This quartet could sell a million.” Shortly after they were known as “The Million Dollar Quartet.” The session was a reunion for Cash, Perkins, and Presley, who had toured the South together in 1955. Lewis was still a star on the rise, but quickly bonded with Presley over their shared knowledge of spirituals. Cash’s presence is still debated by historians; some say that he was only there for a short time and quickly left. This seemed to be confirmed on some recordings, in which the Man in Black can’t be heard at all. However, in Cash’s autobiography, the country music legend attributes his relative absence on the recordings to the fact that he was singing in a higher register than usual to help blend better with Presley. The recording session retains its historical significance as a landmark event in the age of rock ‘n’ roll, and a milestone for the genre. The show, written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott with music arranged by Chuck Mead, features several rock and country standards, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. For more information, visit www.milliondollarquartet.net.
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Zonta Club Spring Style Show 6:00 pm
Zonta Club Spring Style Show @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Zonta Club of Findlay will hold its Spring Style Show from 6-9 p.m. April 12 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, benefiting two agencies focused on women’s health and well-being. This year’s show will feature the addition of a live auction. As in years past, light refreshments, a cash bar and shopping with local vendors will be available prior to the show. Lori Morehead of Papillion Boutique will serve as fashion show coordinator, and models will each show off five outfits for the season. General admission tickets are $25; $30 reserved seating; and $30 general admission day-of. Sales will support Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services and the Forensic Nurse Program (S.A.N.E.) of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides nurse examiners to sexual assault survivors and provides guidance through the judicial system to prosecute their perpetrators. Tickets are on sale at RooBarb Studios and at Papillon Boutique, through any Zonta Club member or by emailing ZontaStyleShow@gmail.com.
Yu-Lien 7:30 pm
Yu-Lien @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm
A sought-after chamber musician and pianist with performances throughout the United States, Europe and southeast Asia, Yu-Lien will present a solo piano recital showcasing her musicality and technical skills.
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Daniel Hsu 3:00 pm
Daniel Hsu @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm
Daniel Hsu will bring his award-winning piano chops to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Hsu began piano studies at age 6, and was accepted at age 10 to the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2016, Hsu was named a Gilmore Young Artist and won the bronze medal at the ninth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. As first-prize winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Hsu made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2017. He made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in June 2016, and concerto appearances this season include concerts with the Grand Rapids Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and Symphonia Boca Raton. Hsu also won the bronze at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Fort Worth, Texas, in 2017. Considered one of the top music contests in the world, the competition featured 30 contestants whittled down from an initial 290 applicants from around the globe. His notable recitals include appearances at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series; and Merkin Concert Hall’s Tuesday matinee series in New York.
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Matt Beilis 11:30 am
Matt Beilis @ Alumni Memorial Union atrium
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Matt Beilis, an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from New York City, will be the next featured performer for the University of Findlay’s Music Bach’s Concert Series. He performs Friday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public. The Columbia University graduate traded in a lucrative finance career for a gig in a piano store, setting up a YouTube page for covering his favorite songs — just him and a piano, quickly finding an audience of fans and famous folks who loved his take on Top 40 hits. This landed him a booking agent and well-paid tours at colleges across the country, giving him an opportunity to craft original songs that combine his piano chops and vocal skills with electronic beats and soaring pop hooks. The lyric video for Matt’s first single, “Dial-Tone,” caught the attention of Ryan Seacrest and his team, who decided to premiere the song exclusively on his website. Beilis’ next music video, “Perfect For Me,” was an emotional piano ballad featured by PeopleMagazine.com, where it was named one of “the most important things on the internet” and has since racked up well over 1 million spins on Spotify. Through original content and covers of popular songs, Beilis has earned over 35,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel with more than 7 million video views. He has licensed music to several household names for national advertising campaigns, including Mastercard, Jeep, Honda, Taco Bell, GoPro, Skype, and Victoria’s Secret. His music has also been featured on MTV, VH1, and E! television networks. His production and co-writing credits include songs with multiplatinum artist Daddy Yankee, Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, and Kinetics & One Love (writers of “Airplanes” by B.o.B). For more information on Beilis, visit www.mattbeilis.com.
Guy Davis 7:30 pm
Guy Davis @ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall at Marathon Center for Performing Arts
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm
 
Live@Armes: Guy Davis 7:30 pm
Live@Armes: Guy Davis @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm
Blues musician, actor, author and teacher Guy Davis will bring the music to Findlay at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, as part of the Live@Armes series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall. Tickets are $25 for the main floor and $35 for bistro-style table seating and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. The son of entertainers and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Davis has carried the message of the blues around the world for more than 20 years, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. Known for his deft acoustic guitar and harmonica skills, Davis cut several albums for the Red House label and for his own label, Smokeydoke Records, and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards. His storytelling influences include Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy and Pete Seeger with musical inspiration from Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji along with Sonny Terry, the single biggest influence on Davis’ harmonica playing. He also works as an author, music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor. His one-man play, “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues,” premiered off-Broadway in the 1990s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star off-­Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil,” winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award, as well as joining the Broadway production of “Finian’s Rainbow,” playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry. The Live@Armes Series, presented by Blanchard Valley Health System, provides attendees with an up close and personal experience with the artists, complete with banter and laughs, to create a memorable live music experience.
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80 Fingers of Praise 7:30 pm
80 Fingers of Praise @ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm
On Saturday, April 21, eight piano players will sit down at four pianos to present “80 Fingers of Praise.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church sanctuary, 120 W. Sandusky St. The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering accepted. The church is handicap accessible at the Crawford Street entrance, and child care will be provided for infants and toddlers. Ragtime, classical, patriotic, hymn tunes, and original music written and arranged for multiple pianos will be played by pianists who have close ties with the church, the majority of whom have played together for over 13 years. All from Findlay and the surrounding area, the pianists are Ann Cramer, Julie Baughman, Barbara Dysinger, Kelly Lewis, Shirley Nebergall, Bev Roby, Jim Scothorn and Mark Willeke. The first “80 Fingers of Praise” concert, presented in 2005, was conceived by Roby when she was director of music at the church. Taking notice of all the talented pianists at the church, she came up with the idea to have them all play at once. Finding arrangements for duets was easy, but finding music for multiple pianos proved more difficult. The 2005 concert was successful enough for the ensemble to present it the next three years. Not wanting to wear off its “uniqueness,” they decided to take a break. Then in 2012, after many requests to revive it, they took to their pianos one more time, thinking that concert was their last. However, the bond of the musicians and their belief in the power of their music was strong and, when one of the original players announced she was moving from the area, they knew they had one more — and final — concert in them. Six of the current eight players were in the original ensemble: Roby, Cramer, Dysinger, Lewis, Nebergall, and Scothorn. Baughman joined the group in 2006 to replace a member who moved away, and Willeke (who is the current organist at St. Andrew’s) joined for this concert. Contact the church 419-422-4845 or www.saumcfindlay.org for more information.
Vanlue Athletic Boosters Comedy Fundtaiser 8:00 pm
Vanlue Athletic Boosters Comedy Fundtaiser @ Vanlue Community Park
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Vanlue Athletic Boosters will host their annual comedy night fundraiser Saturday in the shelter house at Vanlue Community Park. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8. Headlining the show will be Steve Lind, a standup comedian from the Midwest who brings the perspectives of a husband and father of four boys. He has been seen on NBC and has opened for Tim Allen, Kathleen Madigan and Michael Winslow. The featured comedian for the show will be Dan Simon, whose quick-wit, fast-paced style of comedy covers a wide range of topics. The emcee for the evening will be local comedian Eddie Michaels. Tickets are $12 in advance or $17 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Vanlue Athletic Boosters and the student athletes at Vanlue High School. Contact Mike Edie at 419-348-9242 or email vanlue80@yahoo.com for tickets.
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Peace Surpassing All Understanding 2:00 pm
Peace Surpassing All Understanding @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm
The final concert of the 2017-18 Ronald W. Richards Music Series at Trinity United Methodist Church will feature the Ohio Northern University Singers and Chamber Singers, under the director of Christopher Larsen. The free program, “Peace Surpassing All Understanding,” will be held at 2 p.m. April 22. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Kiwanis Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians Scholarship Fund for students who intend to make teaching music a career following college graduation. The church is located at 301 W. Market St., Lima.
Bluffton University Spring Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Spring Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Apr 22 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers, University Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform a selection of lighter tunes for its Spring Fling concert. Songs performed will include “Sing” from “Sesame Street”; “Yesterday” by The Beatles; a medley of Irish tunes by Clare Grundman; a wind band arrangement of music from the second “Harry Potter” film; “Yearnin’” by Oliver Nelson; and “Moanin’” by Charles Mingus.
Grieg and Bizet 3:00 pm
Grieg and Bizet @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “Grieg and Bizet” on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Directed by Soojin Lee, the program includes Edvard Grieg’s most popular work, the “Peer Gynt” suite, and two of Georges Bizet’s most popular compositions, the “L’Arlésienne” suite; and “Les Toreadors” from the opera, “Carmen.” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” suite was originally composed for the drama “Peer Gynt,” written by Henrik Ibsen. It is the story of the downfall and subsequent redemption of a Norwegian peasant anti-hero. A concert hall favorite, Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne” suite was composed for a melodrama about a young peasant’s love for a girl from Arles. These pieces, including “Carmen,” are incidental music that will tell the audiences the stories through their composition. The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. This year, about 20 woodwind and brass players were included in order to perform as a full orchestra. The performance will be free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 419-423-2787. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.
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