Magic Moments: A Celebration of the ’50s and ’60s in Song @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

The Millstream Singers and the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association will present their Big Sing at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

“Magic Moments — A Celebration of the ’50s & ’60s in Song” will take the audience back in time with 150 male singers performing numbers such as “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Turn Around, Look at Me,” and more.

Seven male choruses will be in concert individually and combined.

The Millstream Singers men’s choral group, of Findlay, comprises members of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association and 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 Millstream Singers perform at various civic functions, local events and nursing homes.

The group is available upon request to serve Findlay/Hancock County and surrounding areas.

The Great Lakes Male Chorus Association was formed in 2005. Its goal is to enjoy singing and performing music that is challenging and entertaining, and to promote male chorus singing.

The association also seeks to serve its communities.

The association sponsors competitive scholarships that are available to music students throughout the Great Lakes region.

For more information, contact Kim Grove at 419-425-5201.

University of Findlay Orchestra Spring Concert @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm

The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “A Spring Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.

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.

Directed by Thomas Carey, the program of light classics will include “Largo and Allegro” from Sonata IV by Georg Philipp Telemann, themes from “Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and other orchestral standards.

Highlights will include Bela Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” a forceful and rhythmic 20th century classical piece reminiscent of Stravinsky; John Williams’ “A Prayer for Peace” from the Steven Spielberg film “Munich,” recounting the 1972 Olympics tragedy when Israeli athletes were taken hostage and several were killed by Palestinian terrorists during a showdown with police; and selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. It performs twice each year on the UF campus.

Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 1 @ 7:00 pm

Tony Award-nominated actor and singer Gavin Creel will be the special guest at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Fundraising Reception at 9 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Dietsch Brothers, 400 W. Main Cross St.

The event follows the sold-out 7 p.m. “Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You” performance at the Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St.

The Marathon Center said the reception is likely to be a low-key event where attendees have the opportunity to meet Creel, whose stage credits include “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Hello, Dolly!”

Posters will also be sold during the performance to benefit the Marathon Center, with some limited-edition posters signed by Creel.

It is not a requirement to see the show to purchase reception tickets, but a reception ticket is not a substitute for a performance ticket, which needed to be purchased separately.

Reception tickets cost $100 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they will also be sold when the building opens for the show. They are also available by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or ordering online at www.marathoncenterarts.org.

If you choose to have a reception ticket emailed to you before the show, have it printed out by 5 p.m. May 1. Will call will not be available.

All proceeds benefit the Marathon Center Endowment Fund.

For more information, visit the Marathon Center website or www.gavincreel.com.

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