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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

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Laura Varcho: Songs from the American Songbook

  • Laura Varcho: Songs of the American Songbook
    October 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland based jazz vocalist Laura Varcho in a program of songs from the American Songbook. The concert is free but reservations are recommended at 330-722-2541.

Laura Varcho is a dynamic and accomplished vocalist and entertainer whose audiences are moved by her ability to convey the deepest, most personal emotions as she weaves her way through her riveting live sets. Her repertoire consists of carefully selected jazz, pop and blues tunes, which she delivers with her trademark interpretive brilliance. In a concert setting, Miss Varcho puts on a high energy show, captivating her audience with her charismatic stage presence.

Laura has been a featured artist at the Columbus, Youngstown, and Toledo Jazz Festivals and has opened for several national acts, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boney James, Kenny Rankin and Kim Waters. She is a concert headliner at Night Town, one of the top jazz clubs in the world.

Laura appeared for nearly a decade in Tri-C Jazzfest Cleveland’s “Women in Jazz” series, and headlined concerts at Cleveland State University’s Sundown Jazz series and Cain Park’s Jazz in the Afternoon series.

She has appeared on television and radio as both a featured performer and commercial actress.

Most recently, Miss Varcho has crafted her talent, knowledge and expertise into an acclaimed musical lecture series she has presented at colleges,



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Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself

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Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself
    August 25, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) closes out its summer concert series with Akron-based Moustache Yourself.
Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing, hot club jazz, or by the French name, “Jazz Manouche,” is a style of jazz music made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Its infectious rhythm and entrancing melodies will capture your soul and transport you to a different time and place.

The group includes an all-star lineup of musicians that maintain active and diverse performance careers with many prestigious acts such as Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda’s Big Band, Wesley Bright, The Admirables and many more. Musicians are: Brad Wagner (clarinet), Brent Hamker (electric guitar), Jeremy Jones (acoustic guitar), and Matthew DeRubertis (double bass).

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio 44256. For more information visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.



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Jazz under the Stars: Joe Leaman Jazz Trio

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Jazz under the Stars: Joe Leaman Jazz Trio

  • Jazz under the Stars: Joe Leaman Jazz Trio
    August 4, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its summer Jazz under the Stars series with the Joe Leaman Jazz Trio. Leaman is an in demand pianist, percussionist and instructor in the Northeast Ohio region. He has been seen with local artists Jack Schantz, Helen Welch, Dave Morgan, and has performed with the bands Special Request, Charita Franks, and Axon Neuron just to name a few. Joe is currently the Music and Worship Director for Montrose Zion United Methodist Church in Bath, and is the keyboard specialist at Woodsy’s Music in Kent. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Akron.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and enjoy this free concert. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio 44256.

For more information, call 330-722-2541 or visit www.ormaco.org.



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Lempner Jazz Duo

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Lempner Jazz Duo

  • Lempner Jazz Duo
    March 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its free Sunday afternoon concerts with the Lempner Jazz Duo in a concert devoted to the sounds of Spring at the Wadsworth Public Library. The concert is free.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS</strong

Saxophonist Tom Lempner serves on the music faculty at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and Cleveland State University. He has over ten years experience working as a music therapist at the Prentiss Autism Center and with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. Tom has collaborated with ORMACO to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops in Medina, Ohio, with at-risk youth and has been part of the Jazz under the Stars summer concert series. Tom earned a Master of Music at Kent State University and a double bachelor’s degree in music therapy and music performance at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. He also earned a diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and is a veteran of the United States Army.

Adam Sarata is currently the Director of the Summit Music School. He has taught at the University of Mount Union, Ashland University, Muskingum University, and the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied classical and jazz guitar with James Piorkowski, Dean Newton, and Stephen Aron. On a full scholarship, he completed graduate studies at the University of Akron in 2001. Sarata has released three classical guitar recordings: Guitar at Akron, Cavata, and Sul Tasto. WCLV of Cleveland endorsed his playing as “lovely, colorful, [a] very nice performance.” He has written articles published in Soundboard Magazine and Basically Bohlen.

For more information call 330-722-2541.



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Jazz Under the Stars: Ryun Louie (Percussion)

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Jazz Under the Stars: Ryun Louie (Percussion)

  • Jazz under the Stars: Ryun Louie
    July 7, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its summer Jazz under the Stars concert series with Medina-based percussionist Ryun Louie and his ensemble. The artistic director of Pana Percussion Group, Ryun was the principal timpanist of the South Dakota Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony Percussion Quartet. Prior to that he served in the United States Air Force as the principal timpanist, principal percussionist and main drum set player with the Heartland of America Band stationed in Omaha, Nebraska.

No stranger to the jazz scene, Ryun Louie has performed for audiences on the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Breintz Jazz Festival, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Park City Jazz Festival and the Art and Edison Farmer Memorial Jazz Festival. He has performed with jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Dick Oates, Greg Gizbert, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Tom Garvin, Ira Nepus and Matt Wallis.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy this evening of jazz classics, with an emphasis on percussion. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 E. Liberty Street, Medina.

“Ryun Louie is the good rare breed of musician who is equally comfortable and adept in both the legit and popular music worlds. His musical enthusiasm is contagious. He is an excellent percussionist and drummer.” ~ Peter Erskine



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Jazz Under the Stars: Akin for Jazz

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Jazz Under the Stars: Akin for Jazz

  • Jazz under the Stars: Akin for Jazz
    August 26, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

akinforjazzOhio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) closes out its 2017 Jazz Under the Stars concert series on August 26, 2017 at 7pm at Medina’s Uptown Park with the popular group Akin for Jazz. Tim Akin and his ensemble will play tunes from the American Songbook. Tim is a Keyboard, Bass and vocalist musician based out of Hudson Ohio. With his rock background, Tim has been apart of multiple bands now including Akin for Jazz, which has been performing since August 2005. Tim studied music at The University of Akron.

Bring your lawn chairs, family, picnics and blankets and sit back and enjoy this top-notch concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina. For more information please visit www.ormaco.org.

Enjoy sounds of the American Songbook and more with Tim Akin and Akin for Jazz.

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Jazz Under the Stars: Bobby Selvaggio (Saxophone)

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Jazz Under the Stars: Bobby Selvaggio (Saxophone)

  • Jazz under the Stars: Bobby Selvaggio
    June 2, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens the eigth season of Jazz Under the Stars with Bobby Selvaggio. Director of the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today’s jazz scene. In the words of pianist Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there,” and legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano praises Bobby by calling him “one of the few young saxophonists on the scene today that captures you with his strong presence, focus and sound.”

Bring your lawn chairs, the family, picnics and blankets and enjoy an evening of groovy, moody and swinging music! In the event of rain the performance will held at the United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio, 44256



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