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17th annual Alumni Musical Showcase 7:00 pm
17th annual Alumni Musical Showcase @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay High School Alumni Association is hosting the 17th annual Alumni Musical Showcase. Performers will include Susan Bright, Kai Roberts, Cynthia Ramsdell and Findlay First Edition Show Choir. Roger Powell is the FHS alumni director and emcee for the event. Tickets for the event are $5 and are available at the Arts Partnership, 618 S. Main St., Findlay, or by calling 419-422-4624; or at Groman’s Music, 729 N. Main St. Proceeds go to the FHSAA scholarship fund.
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Eleanor S. Mitchell Performing Arts Scholarship recital 3:00 pm
Eleanor S. Mitchell Performing Arts Scholarship recital @ Ritz Auditorium, Old Main 2nd Floor
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm
The Findlay Light Opera Company will hold the second annual Eleanor S. Mitchell Performing Arts Scholarship recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12 in the Ritz Auditorium on the University of Findlay campus. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., and admission to the event is free. There will be an opportunity for attendees to donate to the scholarship fund. This year will once again feature eight applicants, from both Findlay High School and Liberty-Benton High School. Findlay High School will be represented by William Bivens, Jenna Burget, Bethany Giedeman, Michaela Long, Mackenzie McMaster, Denise Mojica and Shauna Nikles. Molly Pickett will represent Liberty-Benton High School. Each applicant will perform two pieces of differing styles before a panel of judges and the audience. The adjudicators for the recital will be Todd Daquino from Kenton City Schools and Chas Myers, retired from Kalida Local Schools. The winner of the scholarship will be presented with the $1,000 award at the conclusion of the recital. The Eleanor S. Mitchell Vocal Music Scholarship, named for a charter member and past president of the Findlay Light Opera Company, was established in order to enhance community awareness of musical theater and the development of local musical talent. The Findlay Light Opera Company has presented this award to a student planning to advance his or her musical studies at the collegiate level since 1990. In 2014 the award became the Eleanor S. Mitchell Performing Arts Scholarship and was opened to multiple performing arts — dance, vocal and instrumental music. More information on the Eleanor S. Mitchell Performing Arts Scholarship, the Findlay Light Opera Company and its upcoming production of “Miracle on 34th Street” this fall is available online at www.findlayopera.org.
Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ 3:00 pm
Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ @ R. L. Heminger Auditorium
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The University of Findlay Concert-Chorale and the Toledo Choral Society present “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn. With Michael F. Anders, Ph.D., conductor and Richard Napierala II, TCS conductor/music director. Reserved tickets are free but seating is very limited, contact the UF Box Office at 419-434-5335 for more information.
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Music of the 20s, 30s and 40s with Matthew Ball 7:00 pm
Music of the 20s, 30s and 40s with Matthew Ball @ Melmore Opera House
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm
Attorney turned boogie, blues and ragtime musician Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, will heat up the piano keys at The Mohawk Historical Society/Melmore Opera House on Thursday, April 16 with a program of piano favorites from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. The program features classics like “Swanee River,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Waltzing Matilda,” “The Entertainer,” “In the Mood,” “Bumble Boogie” and more.
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Comedy Night: Laugh United 7:00 pm
Comedy Night: Laugh United @ Alexandria’s
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm
Nissin Brake Ohio is hosting “Comedy Night: Laugh United” on Friday, April 17 with proceeds going to United Way of Hancock County. The event will take place at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St. Two shows will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Doors will open 45 minutes before each show. Presale tickets are available at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St., and United Way of Hancock County, 245 Stanford Parkway. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Only cash will be accepted at the door. For an additional $20, a table of 10 can be reserved by contacting Chris May at 419-420-3930. There will also be a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and dining available. “Comedy Night: Laugh United” will feature Demetrius Nicodemus of 92.5 KISS FM’s Morning Rush, and Russell Rabb with Detroit Sports Media. Nicodemus was a bartender for Connextions Comedy Club where he began performing stand-up comedy. The Toledo native has performed for more than 15 years. He has toured Ohio and Michigan doing various comedy tours including “Small Town Comedy Tour.” Rabb is a highly-requested audience favorite in comedy clubs across the United States. The Ypsilanti, Michigan, native is a former U.S. Marine, actor, director and also provides workshops giving advice on how to write jokes.
Organist Josh Brodbeck 7:30 pm
Organist Josh Brodbeck @ St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of music as The Arts Partnership presents organist and Findlay native Josh Brodbeck at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, located at 750 Bright Road. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. Prior to the performance, Brodbeck will present an organ demonstration at 6:30 p.m. for children and families. This is the final event in the 2014-15 Marathon Petroleum Corp. Performing Arts Series. Brodbeck is in demand as a performer. At the age of 9, he performed in his first concert. He made his international debut at age 12 playing for an organ dedication in Slovenia. Throughout his career, he is known and is commended for his varied programs that please audiences. Brodbeck began his studies at Bluffton University at the age of 12. After graduating high school, Brodbeck studied at Capital University Conservatory of Music as well as the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Currently, Brodbeck is the minister of music and artist-in-residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington. In this role, he oversees the entire music program and concert series. Brodbeck is also the organist-in-residence at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Free-will donations will be accepted and will benefit The Arts Partnership’s arts education programs. More info: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2015/04/12/weekend-josh-brodbeck-returns-to-findlay/
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UF University Singers Family Concert 3:00 pm
UF University Singers Family Concert @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm
Under the musical direction of Micheal Anders, professor of music, and with choreography by Brenda Hoyt-Brackman, lecturer of dance, the University of Findlay’s University Singers will present two medleys of popular 1960s songs. The “Not for Women Only” medley will include the tunes “One Fine Day,” “My Guy,” “Baby Love” and “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do.” In “A Blast from the Past,” the songs “Hang on Sloopy,” “Wooly Bully,” “Yakety Yak,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” will be showcased. Additionally, the University Singers will perform six other 1960s hits ranging from Carole King’s “It’s too Late” to Dionne Warwick’s “I Say a Little Prayer.” The concert will also feature several songs from Broadway musicals, including “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” from “Hairspray,” “We Need a Little Christmas” from “Mame,” and “Family” from “Dreamgirls,” as well as “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film “Pocahontas. More info: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2015/04/12/weekend-sounds-of-the-60s/
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Lodestar Wine Tasting Benefit Event 5:00 pm
Lodestar Wine Tasting Benefit Event @ The Wine Merchant
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Lodestar for a wine tasting event to benefit Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind. Lodestar trains and places guide dogs with blind or visually impaired children free of charge. Ticket price includes 2 red wines and 2 white wines. All tickets will be entered for a $25 Meijer gift card. Please come support a wonderful cause!
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Bluffton Town Hall Concert 7:00 pm
Bluffton Town Hall Concert @ Bluffton Town Hall, Third Floor
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series celebrates its five-year anniversary with a concert by Joseph Helfrich on April 23. Helfrich is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller who has been performing in public for over 25 years. He has been a full-time musician since 1992. He specializes in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and the mountain dulcimer. His programs include a variety of musical styles as well a dose of humor. Helfrich has a large repertoire for children and adults and tailors the program to fit the occasion. He received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Bluffton University. The venue is handicap accessible, and the performers are paid by donations at the door.
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Damn Funny Tour 7:00 pm
Damn Funny Tour @ Vanlue Community Park
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm
Audience members may bring their own beverages. Concessions will be available. Headlining the show will be Chili Challis, a former writer for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” who has headlined comedy clubs, casinos, colleges and corporate shows for nearly 30 years. He has also been on nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” radio show. The feature comedian will be Thaddeus Challis. A former musician who made the transition to comedy, he was a finalist for the Bob and Tom-Busch Light national comedy competition. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be local comedian Eddie Michaels. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Vanlue Athletic Boosters and the student athletes at Vanlue High School.
Malt Shop Memories 7:30 pm
Malt Shop Memories @ Fostoria High School Performing Arts Center
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus will present “Malt Shop Memories,” the 53rd annual show, on April 25 at the Fostoria High School Performing Arts Center. Remember hanging out at the malt shop and the songs of the day? Those in attendance will be taken back to the best doo-wop songs presented in barbershop style (four-part close harmony). The featured quartet is Bustin’ Loose, a crowd-pleasing bunch who recently competed in the International Seniors Quartet contest. Get tickets by calling 419-618-8199, or email tickets@lakeplainschorus.com. Join the Afterglow following the show, which is a light meal and more of Bustin’ Loose and the chorus quartets. Afterglow tickets are $8 in addition to the show ticket.
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American Pastimes 3:00 pm
American Pastimes @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will join forces on Sunday at Findlay High School’s Heminger Auditorium for a 3 p.m. concert. “American Pastimes” is the theme for the program, featuring a variety of works having to do with American hobbies. The concert will be highlighted by a work entitled “Video Games Live” by Ralph Ford. The two concert bands will join forces to present this work, which features a number of symphonic themes from contemporary video games. Katie Mehlow, a senior pre-vet major from Oak Harbor, will be featured as saxophone soloist. One of the winners of the 2014-15 UF instrumental music concerto competition, Mehlow will perform music from “Tribute to Rudy Wiedoft” for saxophone and band. Directing will be Jack Taylor, professor of music and director of bands at the university; and Phil Miller, director of bands at the Carey School District.
UF Orchestra classics concert 3:00 pm
UF Orchestra classics concert @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and more on Sunday, April 26 in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The 3 p.m. concert will be free and open to the public. No tickets will be required. Featured will be the overture to Mozart’s opera “Marriage of Figaro,” “Waltz No. 2″ from Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra by Shostakovich; and “Hungarian Dance No. 4″ by Johannes Brahms. A highlight of the performance will be an orchestral arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s well-known “Prelude in C-sharp minor” combined with the original piano solo played by Sophia Kentris, a marketing major from Fostoria. More info: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2015/04/12/weekend-mozart-brahms-and-more-oh-my/  
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The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! 7:30 pm
The Musicals of Musicals: The Musical! @ Bluffton University
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will celebrate 100 years of May Day theatrical performances with five mini-shows in one from April 30-May 2. “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” is an affectionate parody of musical theater greats by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart. The show, which opened off-Broadway in 2003, incorporates five takes on the same basic plot — the young ingenue can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her landlord; will the handsome leading man come to her aid? Vignettes include “Corn,” in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein; “A Little Complex,” Stephen Sondheim; “Dear Abby,” Jerry Herman (composer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame”); “Aspects of Junita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber; and “Speakeasy,” Kander and Ebb (composers of “Cabaret” and “Chicago”).