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Venture ‘Into the Woods’ this month

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present the musical “Into the Woods,” which will open this weekend.

The production will be held Friday through Sunday, April 5-7 and 12-14, and Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows will be at 2 p.m. On Saturday, April 6, there also will be a 2 p.m. performance. And on Saturday, April 20, the final day of the run, there will be a performance only at 2 p.m.

The music and lyrics for “Into the Woods” are by Stephen Sondheim with a book by James Lapine. The University production will be directed by Dr. Edmund Lingan, professor and chair of theatre and film. Musical direction is by University alumnus Nathanael Leonard, and choreography is by Abby Glanville, academic advisor. Included in the cast is Pam Tomassetti Hulbert (playing Jack’s Mother), who acted in the original developmental version of “Into the Woods” when it was being created by Sondheim and Lapine. She is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and assistant speech coach at Perrysburg High School.

Four characters, drawn from fairy tale legends, are given the chance to make their dearest wishes come true. The characters find themselves on quests that are woven together. Originally released in 1986, the musical won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason) when it was presented on Broadway in 1987. The 2014 Disney film version was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Fans of the musical are encouraged to come to the performance dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters. A background of the forest will be available in the lobby where fans can take selfies to post on Facebook. The selfies with the most likes will win prizes. There is no cost to enter; a ticket purchase is not required to participate in the selfie contest.

“Into the Woods” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are supplied by the theatrical licensing agency.

Choreographer Abby Glanville rehearsed with the cast, including front row from left, Paige Chapman, Chelsie Cree, Ashley Roark, William Floss and Pamela Tomassetti.

The cast features Jadin Bader, sophomore majoring in nursing, as Giant/Granny; Jordan Benavente, community member, as Wolf; Paige Chapman, junior majoring in voice, as Rapunzel; Chelsie Cree, University alumna, as the Baker’s Wife; Caris Croy, junior majoring in music and theatre, as Cinderella’s Mother; Emily Damschroder, freshman majoring in theatre, as Lucinda; Kurt Elfering, junior majoring in religious studies, as the Baker; Will Floss, University alumnus, as Jack; Gabriel Hagedorn, freshman majoring in piano, as Cinderella’s Prince; Jackson Howard, student at Owens Community College, as Steward; Sarah Hunter, community member, as Little Red Riding Hood; Jack Kerger, Toledo School for the Arts alumnus, as Cinderella’s Father; Andrew R. Kleopfer, junior majoring in theatre, as Rapunzel’s Prince; Jennifer Nagy Lake, University alumna, as the Witch; Austin Rambo, senior majoring in theatre and media communication, as Narrator/Mysterious Man; Ashley Roark, senior majoring in vocal music education, as Cinderella; Paige Titsworth, freshman, as Florinda; and Kate Walcher, senior majoring in vocal performance, as Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Members of the design team include Daniel Thobias, associate professor of theatre, scenic designer; Katelyn Justice, sophomore majoring in theatre, assistant scenic designer; Kelly McBane, manager of the University Costume Shop, costume designer; Logan Fleming, sophomore majoring in theatre, assistant costume designer/hair and makeup designer; Faith Murphy, junior majoring in theatre, assistant costume designer; Frankie Teuber, University alumna, props master; Faith Pegus, junior majoring in visual arts with a minor in technical theatre, assistant props manager; Stephen Sakowski, assistant professor of theatre, lighting designer; Elise Pahl, sophomore majoring in theatre, assistant lighting designer; Amanda Were, community member, sound designer; Ryan Peters-Hieber, senior majoring in theatre with a concentration in design technology, associate sound designer; Sarah Potter, senior majoring in film/video with a minor in English, production videographer; Addison Toth, freshman majoring in theatre, stage manager; Morgan Cunningham, freshman majoring in theatre, and Emily Wemple, senior majoring in theatre, assistant stage managers; and Bryan Harkins, senior majoring in theatre, assistant production manager/house manager.

Tickets are $15 for students; $20 for University faculty, staff and alumni, and military members and seniors; and $25 for the general public. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or go to the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door.

NY jazz artist to perform at concert honoring Jon Hendricks April 2

The University of Toledo Department of Music will welcome jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian of New York Voices as the guest performer for the 2019 Jon Hendricks Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert.

The concert will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Nazarian

For the past 25 years, Nazarian has been harmonizing all over the world with New York Voices. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Armenian artists and was inducted into her high school’s hall of fame.

Along with the many recordings Nazarian has made with New York Voices, she is proud to be one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS” CD. Another recent professional highlight is her collaboration with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald.

Nazarian also is part of a special program called “Vocalese,” created by visionary producer Larry Rosen, which has integrated New York Voices with the Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks.

The Ithaca College graduate specializes in teaching vocal technique and the art of ensemble singing. For the past three years, she has represented the USA as a judge for the International A Cappella Competition in Graz, Austria. She will be a guest teacher in Germany this summer.

Nazarian has conducted the New York and Arizona All-State Jazz Choirs, and many area and district jazz choirs in the United States. Her highly acclaimed workshops have been presented at the Jazz Education Network and many state Music Educators Association conferences.

In addition to her extensive studio credits as a movie score and jingle singer, some of Nazarian’s other recordings include “Red Dragonfly in NY” produced by Jiro Yoshida; “Long Ago and Far Away,” an original children’s radio show; and guest appearances on “An Afternoon in Rio” with guitarist Joe Negri (the handyman on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”); “Two Worlds” with Boston-based band El Eco; and Mark Shilansky’s “Join the Club” release.

In 2015, Nazarian released her first solo disc titled “Some Morning.” Guests on the recording include Paquito D’Rivera, Gary Burton, John Pizzarelli and Sean Jones.

Hendricks, a jazz legend, was one of the originators of vocalese, a jazz singing technique in which a vocalist improvises lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with his or her voice and that of other vocalists. Hendricks was a beloved member of the University Music Department faculty in the Jazz Studies Program for many years before he passed away in November 2017.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Jon Hendricks Memorial Scholarship Fund at The University of Toledo.

Tickets — $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors — are available in advance from the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787 or online at the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Opera Ensemble to present ‘La Bonne Cuisine,’ culinary favorites at Blarney March 29

The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble is serving up a musical feast with its concert, “La Bonne Cuisine,” Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. in downtown Toledo.

UT Opera Ensemble members Alana Scaglioni, seated, and Paige Chapman and Samuel Spencer rehearsed a scene for “La Bonne Cuisine.”

The singers will present a smorgasbord of songs dedicated to food. Selections will include “The Worst Pies in London” from “Sweeny Todd,” “A Real Nice Clambake” from “Carousel,” “Food, Glorious Food” from “Oliver,” and many others.

“La Bonne Cuisine” is a four-minute song cycle composed by Leonard Bernstein. Scored for voice and piano, the cycle includes recipes for plum pudding, oxtails, chicken breast with Turkish pudding, and rabbit stew.

In addition, Lee Hoiby’s one-act opera “Bon Appétit!” will be performed. The piece was written for Jean Stapleton in her late career with music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother of all foodies.

Tickets are $10 for all seats and must be purchased in advance at the Center for Performing Arts Box Office by calling 419.530.ARTS (2787) or on the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and beverage service will be available. Food service will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the performance will begin shortly after.

For more information, visit the Department of Music opera page.

Humanities Institute to present piano performance, celebrity lecture

The University of Toledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities has scheduled two events this spring.

Mattison

Dr. Andrew Mattison, professor and associate chair of the UToledo Department of English Language and Literature, will present “The In-Between: Europe Music 1890-1920” Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery.

Mattison, a pianist, will perform works by Fauré, Reger, Rachmaninoff and Schoenberg, and he will discuss their relation to the literature and art of the period.

On Thursday, April 12, Dr. Susan J. Douglas, the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, will discuss “How Celebrity Culture Shapes America.”

Her lecture will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

Douglas

Douglas will talk about how celebrity culture was not always part of our media and everyday lives. She will focus on the revolution of fame and its often underestimated impact on American culture.

‘“We invite campus and community members to join us as we explore and appreciate the richness of human culture,” said Dr. Mysoon Rizk, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of art history in the UT Department of Art.

Mattison’s performance lecture is a co-presentation of the Toledo Museum of Art, the UToledo College of Arts and Letters, and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities. As part of the Great Performances series, it is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Douglas’ lecture is sponsored by the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Communication, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information on the free events, contact Rizk at mysoon@utoledo.edu.

Guest composers to visit University for Spring Festival of New Music

The University of Toledo Department of Music will welcome two guest composers for its 42nd annual Spring Festival of New Music.

The festival celebrates the music of modern and living composers. This year’s guests are Adam Schoenberg and Elaine Hagenberg. Both are internationally recognized contemporary composers. Festival concerts will feature their music and that of other modern composers.

Twice named among the top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, Grammy-nominated Schoenberg’s music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times) and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times). His works have received performances and premieres at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood Bowl.

Schoenberg’s notable recordings include orchestral works featuring the Kansas City Symphony, an arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star” for Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony Orchestra, and a compendium including his keyboard works by pianist Nadia Shpachenko.

Hagenberg’s choral music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal). Her compositions have been performed by universities, community choirs, schools and church choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Her music has been featured at All-State festivals, national and regional American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, and the International Children’s Choir festivals in Canterbury and London.

She has more than 40 commissioned works, including new music written for the American Choral Directors Association Women’s Choir Consortium, colleges and universities, community choirs and churches.

In addition to composing, Hagenberg has been the guest artist and clinician for numerous conferences and festivals, including the Heartland Youth Choir Meet the Composer Festival, the Alleluia Conference at Baylor University, the Voices Unite Festival, the Birmingham First Composer Festival, the Savannah Sacred Music Festival, and the In Canto Mediterrano International Choral Festival in Milazzo, Italy.

The 2019 Spring Festival of New Music schedule is:

• Friday, March 15 — Chamber Concert at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall — free event;

• Saturday, March 16 — Discussion, “Finding Visual Art in Music,” at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus — free event;

• Saturday, March 16 — University High School Honor Choir at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre — ticketed event; and

• Sunday, March 17 — Large Ensembles Concert at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theatre — ticketed event.

Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday concerts are $10 and $5 for students, children and seniors. They are available on the School of Visual and Performing Arts’ website. Tickets also will be available at the door or by calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787.

Juried Student Exhibition on display; award ceremony set for March 15

The Department of Art’s 2019 Juried Student Exhibition is on display through Thursday, March 21, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

The annual competitive art exhibition is open to all University students regardless of major, and the works displayed cover a range of media.

The Juried Student Exhibition is on display throughThursday, March 21, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

A free, public reception and award ceremony will be held Friday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

This year’s juror is Marc Folk, executive director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, who received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture with a minor in printmaking from the University in 1988.

Folk’s career with the Arts Commission began in 1996 as an instructor in the Young Artists at Work Progra. He coordinated the program in subsequent years and has served as director of the Art in Public Places Program and artistic director, prior to becoming the executive director in 2006. Under his leadership, the Arts Commission has instituted initiatives bridging economic and community development with the arts.

Folk

Folk has represented the Arts Commission on numerous Toledo area, statewide and national committees to advocate for and promote the development of the arts, and served for three years as president of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts. He currently serves as co-chair of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders and is a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation.

In addition, Folk was a 2006 recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award and the 2009 winner of the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for Arts Administration. In 2010, he was given the Toledo Federation of Arts Societies Special Award and recognized as The University of Toledo’s Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts. He has served as a grants panelist for the Arts Council of Indianapolis; Cuyahoga Arts and Culture; Arts and Science Council of Charlotte; Ohio Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The free, public exhibition can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Brian Carpenter, UT lecturer of art and gallery director, at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.

Guest artist/educator to speak at Womxn of Color Symposium March 18

The Womxn of Color Symposium: Finding and Using Our Voice will offer a day of empowerment, dialogue and professional development for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Denice Frohman, poet, educator and performer, will deliver the keynote address focusing on identity, lineage, subversion of traditional notions of power, and celebrating aspects women deem unworthy.

“This is the second year for the Womxn of Color Symposium. The symposium offers a space for womxn of color to discuss shared and divergent experiences, and connect and build a network of support to maximize self-actualization in our society,” said Malaika Bell, program manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“Charlene Gilbert, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, an academic and leader, will start the day’s conversation. During dinner, we will wrap up with Denice Frohman, a queer, Puerto Rican poet, performer and activist,” Bell continued.

“Womxn of Color includes as many identities as there are womxn. Our experience, skin color and background are all unique, but we are all subject to the same systems of traditional power structures and messages of inadequacy that can erode our senses of personal power,” Bell said. “We want to use this time and space to learn and share together and focus on bringing our voices together, so we don’t just use them, we will be using them to create a better world.”

The committee chose to use womxn (with an “x”) to emphasize that the symposium embraces an intersectional approach and is inclusive of all womxn: transgender womxn, womxn of color, womxn from developing countries, and any womxn who feel marginalized by society’s expectations of women.

The Womxn of Color Symposium will take place Monday, March 18, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Frohman will speak at 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required for this free event, which includes dinner; go to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website for more information and to RSVP by Thursday, March 14.

Guest composers to visit University for Spring Festival of New Music

The University of Toledo Department of Music will welcome two outstanding guest composers for its 42nd annual Spring Festival of New Music.

The festival celebrates the music of modern and living composers. This year’s guests are Adam Schoenberg and Elaine Hagenberg. Both are internationally recognized contemporary composers. Festival concerts will feature their music and that of other modern composers.

Twice named among the top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, Grammy-nominated Schoenberg’s music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times), and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times). His works have received performances and premieres at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood Bowl.

Schoenberg’s notable recordings include orchestral works featuring the Kansas City Symphony, an arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star” for Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony Orchestra, and a compendium including his keyboard works by pianist Nadia Shpachenko.

Hagenberg’s choral music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (American Choral Directors Association’s Choral Journal). Her compositions have been performed by universities, community choirs, schools and church choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Her music has been featured at All-State festivals, national and regional American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, and the International Children’s Choir Festivals in Canterbury and London.

She has more than 40 commissioned works, including new music written for the American Choral Directors Association Women’s Choir Consortium, colleges and universities, community choirs and churches.

In addition to composing, Hagenberg has been the guest artist and clinician for numerous conferences and festivals, including the Heartland Youth Choir Meet the Composer Festival, the Alleluia Conference at Baylor University, the Voices Unite Festival, the Birmingham First Composer Festival, the Savannah Sacred Music Festival, and the In Canto Mediterrano International Choral Festival in Milazzo, Italy.

The 2019 UT Spring Festival of New Music schedule is:

• Friday, March 15 — Chamber Concert at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall — free event;

• Saturday, March 16 — Discussion, “Finding Visual Art in Music,” at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on the University’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus — free event;

• Saturday, March 16 — University High School Honor Choir at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater — ticketed event; and

• Sunday, March 17 — Large Ensembles Concert at 3 p.m. in Doermann Theater — ticketed event.

Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday concerts are $10 and $5 for students, children and seniors. They are available on the School of Visual and Performing Arts website. Tickets also are available at the door or by calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.2787.

Late jazz faculty member to be celebrated with special concert Feb. 20

UT students and faculty members will honor jazz pianist Tad Weed with a special concert.

“Tad Remembered” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Weed

Weed, associate professor of music, lost his battle with cancer Aug. 22. He was 61. He joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor of jazz piano in 2011 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2017. Weed taught jazz piano, arranging and improvisation, and was co-director of Vocalstra, a vocal jazz ensemble founded by legendary singer Jon Hendricks.

Leonard Feather acknowledged Weed’s career in “The Encyclopedia of Jazz.” Feather wrote, “…pianist Weed displays a very rare ability to cross over from dashing bop lines to rich impressions, he has all of the bases covered from funky blues to the border of the avant-garde.”

Weed’s discography contains more than 30 recordings that feature his playing, arrangements and compositions. He toured with Anita O’Day and Carmen McRae; for more than a decade, he was the music director for Paul Anka. The list of artists he performed with included Chaka Khan, Jack Jones, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Morgan and David (Fathead) Newman.

The concert will feature a host of performers: the UT Student Jazz Combo and UT music alumni, including Matt and Atla DeChamplain, Will Bennett, the group Talking Ear, Estar Cohen, Travis Aukerman, Ben Maloney and Dan Palmer.

UT music faculty also will perform: Norm Damschroder, Ellie Martin, Dr. Olman E. Piedra and Jay Weik.

An added treat will be a special video encore of Weed performing with UT music student Isabella Weik.

Songs to be performed include “The Road Leads,” music by Weed with lyrics by Cohen; “Cowboy Poetry Life” by Weed; “Just One of Those Things” by Cole Porter; and “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Cliff Edwards.

This performance is the 2019 Art Tatum Memorial Scholarship Concert. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the scholarship program.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for UT employees, alumni, senior citizens, and veterans and members of the military; and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door, but purchasing them in advance is recommended. They are available on the School of Visual and Performing Arts website, or by calling the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419.530.ARTS (2787).

During the concert, parking is free in the lot across from the Center for Performing Arts.

Health Science Campus Artist Showcase to open Feb. 18

The 14th annual Health Science Campus Artist Showcase will take place from Monday, Feb. 18, through Wednesday, April 10, on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

This year’s exhibit features work from more than 30 artists who are students, faculty and staff in the health sciences from Health Science and Main campuses, as well as UT Medical Center.

On exhibit will be a variety of 2-D and 3-D artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

An artist reception will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

Dr. Paul Brand, UT associate professor emeritus of physiology and pharmacology, will speak at 4:30 p.m. at the reception. His talk is titled “Create Your Own World.”

“I paint and draw first for the simple pleasure of putting color on paper, and then to create paintings that stand out because they fuse realistic images and strong abstract designs,” Brand said.

A longstanding participant in the Health Science Campus Artist Showcase, Brand paints diverse subjects, most often landscapes, but also still-life and abstracts, using watercolors, acrylics, pastels or charcoal. He has four works in this year’s exhibit.

“I love watercolors for their luminous, fresh appearance, acrylics for their immediacy and simplicity, pastels for their intense colors and ease of application, and charcoal for the range of values and richness,” he said.

For the past two decades, paintings by the award-winning artist have been featured at several juried shows. In addition, Brand has taught art classes at the Toledo Botanical Gardens, Toledo Museum of Art and Art Supply Depo.

Like the exhibit, the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Visitors can view the artwork during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

For more information, visit the University Libraries website or contact Jodi Jameson, assistant professor and nursing librarian at Mulford Library, and member of the artist showcase committee, at 419.383.5152 or jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu.