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World Tour of Music: The Music of Leonard Bernstein-The Best of All Possible Worlds

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Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens its 2018/19 World Tour of Music concert series with The Music of Leonard Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds. This concert will celebrate one America’s great musical legends, Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Composer, conductor, scholar, activist, Bernstein was truly a citizen of the world. This concert will feature a selection from his catalog of great compositions including well known titles such as West Side Story



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Jazz under the Stars: Tim Coyne Quartet

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  • Jazz under the Stars: Tim Coyne Quartet
    August 3, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its Jazz under the Stars summer concert series with the Tim Coyne Quartet. The ensemble has been performing original jazz and classic standards in all styles around northeast Ohio for over 20 years. The quartet includes Tim on trumpet and vocals, John Perry on piano and vocals, David Spondike on double bass, and Scott Velardo on drums. With regular performances in the region, Tim Coyne Quartet caters to jazz lovers and casual listeners alike by performing jazz that is both modern and accessible.

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 OH 44256. For more information, visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.



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Jazz under the Stars: Neo Dixie

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Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Neo Dixie
    July 6, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its Jazz under the Stars summer concert series on July 6, 2019, with NEO (North East Ohio) Dixie. Join saxophonist Tom Lempner, trombonist Jimmy Redmond, tuba player Drew Kreiger and percussionist Darren Allen as they bring you these merry melodies and add a “new” (NEO) twist to some of these Dixieland treats.

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 OH 44256. For more information, visit ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.

About the Artists

Tom Lempner (saxophonist and resident of Medina) is a member of the music faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University, and Notre Dame College. He is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies and is a teaching artist for CIPC ArtsConnect at Gilmour Academy.

As a Music Therapist, he has worked at the Prentiss Autism Center and has over ten years’ experience working with the urban youth population of Cleveland who have severe emotional disturbances. Tom was selected by ORMACO to facilitate grant-funded therapeutic music workshops with at-risk youth.

He has recorded on Palmyra Music, Infinite Number of Sounds, Parousia Digital, for Ludwig Masters Publications, and with Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew. His performances include live broadcasts on WCLV Classical 104.9, 90.3 WCPN, WRUW-FM 91.1, WJW FOX 8 News In the Morning, as he also has been featured on Ideastream, Cleveland Ovations, The Hazel Chapman Show, and Positively Cleveland.

Tom is a U.S. Army Veteran and a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.

Mark Russo (native of Garfield Heights) is a freelance jazz trumpeter and educator in the greater Cleveland area. He is currently the director of bands at Constellation Schools: Parma Community High School.

Mark is currently promoting his latest project released on Bugles Media; his debut album entitled NEW AFFIRMATION, which features all original compositions and received a 4 STAR review on AllAboutJazz.com. He is the founding member of THE JAZZ INITIATIVE, which is an ensemble dedicated to the advocacy of jazz education in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition, Mr. Russo has been an adjudicator and Guest Artist for numerous local high school and college Jazz Festivals.

As a performer, Russo has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Curise Lines and has performed extensively with such local groups as Bobby Selvaggio’s Hedectet Jazz Collective (HJC), The AVENUE from Cleveland Music Group (CMG), and has shared the stage with such artists as Ken Peplowski, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, John Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Randy Johnston, Wayne Bergeron, and Mike Lee. He has also recorded albums as a sideman with the likes of Bobby Selvaggio, Kevin Scaley, Jeremey Poparad, Asher Barkin and Lou Armagno to name a few.

Jimmy Redmond (Cleveland native) grew his passion for trombone early at age 10, inspired by his dad who also is a trombonist. His passion for jazz was inspired by family influence and growing up listening to J.J. Johnson, Carl Fontana & Frank Rosolino among studying with local major influencers such as Paul Ferguson, Chas Baker & Chris Anderson.

Jimmy has had the pleasure to share the stage with several musical icons including; Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Conrad Herwig, Jiggs Whigham, Steve Turre, Dominick Farinacci, Ernie Krivda, Bobby Selvaggio & many more. In addition to playing regularly with Bone-afied, he plays with the Skatch Anderssen Orchestra as well as freelance for the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Jerry Bruno Orchestra, Dave Banks Big Band, Dan Zola Orchestra & Gabriel Horns.

He has continued to develop his career and grow his family in the Cleveland area to continue to deepen his roots in a culture that has been rich for growing development, especially for the jazz community.

Drew Krieger is a low brass player from Willoughby, Ohio. He plays bass trombone with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, tuba with the Night Owls, a 1920s-style jazz band, and tuba/euphonium with the German brass band Gottscheer Blaskepelle.

Darren Allen (drums) was born and raised in the Cleveland area. He has worked in the Bay Village School District since 2005, where the music program has been voted a Top Music Community in the United States since 2003. Mr. Allen received his master’s degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University. As a conductor, and composer, he works with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, which performs regularly at Severance Hall. A graduate of Rocky River High School, Mr. Allen completed his undergraduate work at Youngstown State University, where he was featured on a recording of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite with the YSU Wind Ensemble and on the Jazz Ensemble I album “Lester Left Town.” While studying at YSU, he was also chosen as the only drummer from the state for the 2002 OMEA Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble.

During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Allen performed throughout the state with various musicians and recording artists, including Mark Vinci, Maria Schneider, Joanne Brackeen, Frank Foster, Marvin Stamm, Nick Brignola, Chuck Mangione, Bruce Johnstone, and Sean Jones.

Mr. Allen has also performed extensively throughout the Cleveland area with numerous jazz groups, including Powerhouse 5, the Skatch Anderssen big band, and the Dan Zola Orchestra. Mr. Allen and his wife Alice, a harpist, perform together in the Parma Symphony Orchestra.



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Maiden Voyage: Jazz Standards and Improvisation

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Maiden Voyage: Jazz Standards and Improvisation

  • Maxwell Byers
    September 8, 2019 - September 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its Wadsworth Library Sunday afternoon concert series with Canton-based saxophonist, Maxwell Byers. The performance will include a selection of music composed by artists including: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. These songs are classic jazz tunes structured around simple melodies and chord progressions that can be altered with more complex scales and chord substitutions.

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.

About Maxwell Byers

Maxwell Byers is a musician born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He started playing saxophone under the instruction of the Canton City School District. Max has traveled around playing music to various parts of the country including California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He now resides in Massillon, Ohio where he teaches saxophone at the Music Shoppe of Downtown Massillon, and plays various shows with a variety of different bands.
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Opera under the Stars

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Opera under the Stars

  • Opera under the Stars
    June 15, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) and members of the Cleveland Opera Theater as they bring opera and light opera favorites to Medina’s Uptown Park. Pack a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs and enjoy this FREE concert on Saturday, June 15, 7 pm.
In the event of rain, the concert will be held at The United Church of Christ, 217 E. Liberty Street, Medina.
For more information, phone 330-722-2541.



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Home for the Holidays: Sentimental Melodies

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Home for the Holidays: Sentimental Melodies

  • Home for the Holidays
    December 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) closes out its 2019 Wadsworth Library concert season with Home for the Holidays:Sentimental Melodies. Let vocalist Emily Aleta Dorland, and pianist Duane Carlson take you through a musical journey celebrating the most wonderful time of the year while honoring many cultures through the power of music.

The concert is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.

About the Performers

Emily Aleta Dorland
A Wadsworth native, Emily Aleta Dorland began singing at a young age. Her family cultivated her love of music and her singing was further enhanced through participation in choirs and musical theater productions in school and community theatre. The cherished music of the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s has always held a special place in Emily’s heart. This love led her to develop Sentimental Melodies Vintage Vocal music programs. Emily currently provides over 375 reminiscent style programs each year for groups throughout Ohio. She is also the female vocalist for the Massillon Music Memories Orchestra.

For over fifteen years, Emily has been an activity director in senior long term care. A nationally accredited activity director with a specialty in memory care and certified dementia practitioner, Emily knows how to effectively engage audiences with varying abilities and cognitive challenges using various approaches such as music that is familiar and meaningful.

Duane Carlson
Duane Carlson is an accomplished pianist born in Akron, Ohio. He attended Wesleyan University where he played lead trumpet in the University orchestra. He later graduated from the U.S. Navy School of Music in Virginia, after which he spent a year touring Europe playing the trumpet in one of the U.S. Navy dance bands. After the Navy, Duane played piano with a local gospel group for nine years. He currently plays easy-listening music at upscale restaurants, country clubs, and retirement communities. He has recorded two albums of his favorite standards and Christmas tunes.



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Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That

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Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Jazz under the Stars: Hip to That
    June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens its ninth season of Jazz under the Stars with Hip to That, a four piece Cleveland-based jazz quartet that specializes in tunes from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and pop tunes with a jazzy twist. The band plays all over Northeast Ohio: from Cleveland, to Canton, to Wooster. You can often find them at Guarino’s in Little Italy, where they play 2-3 times per month. Hip to That is known for their energy, humor, and hip arrangements. They are guarenteed to give you a swingin’ good time, so bring your dancing shoes and enjoy!

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.

About the Performers

Maria DiDonato (Vocals) earned her B.M. in Music Education with a minor in Theater and her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University. She has been studying voice since the age of 14, where she started under Benjamin Czarnota at Baldwin Wallace. Maria continued to study voice at Cleveland State University under Eileen Moore. Maria can be seen performing in musicals, operas, concerts, and solo gigs throughout Northeast Ohio. She can also be spotted behind the keyboard at Playhouse Square, where she offers musical direction for a variety of different stage productions. Maria is blessed to be the manager of Hip to That and couldn’t ask for a more talented group of musicians to play with.

Tim Miller (Drums) is a graduate of Cleveland State Universitty, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and of the Los Angeles College of Music. He has been playing drums for over 20 years and teaching for over five. He performed for the Philadelphia band Modern Bliss, performing in hundreds of weddings, clubs, and private parties up and down the east coast and in Ohio and Canada. In 2015, Tim relocated to Cleveland to continue his studies at Cleveland State University. Tim is well versed in jazz, funk, rock, Afrocuban and Brazilian drumming.

Joseph Rangel (Guitar) has been playing guitar since 2001 and was originally trained by his father, Rey Rangel, in classical guitar. In 2005 he began to study jazz, doing summer workshops at the Lakeland Jazz Summer camp. He then studied at Tri-C Metro for jazz guitar performance with a minor in piano, studying under Cleveland greats such as Joe Hunter, Steve Enos, Ernie Krivda, and Dave Sterner. Joseph then transferred to Cleveland State University where he studied for to years under the tutelage of Cleveland guitarist Bob Fraser and graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music; emphasis in jazz guitar performance.
Kevin Thompson (Bass) is originally from Washington D.C. and earned his Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College in New York. He currently studies double bass at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he is working on his professional studies diploma. Kevin is a freelance artist who performs in venues all over Ohio. He is a very versatile performer and can play a variety of styles including jazz, classical, pop, rock, and metal.



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A-Minus: Positive Hip Hop with Ameer Williamson

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A-Minus: Positive Hip Hop with Ameer Williamson

  • A-Minus: Positive Hip-Hop
    August 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ORMACO continues its Wadsworth Public Library concert series wtih A-Minus (Ameer Williamson). Today’s concert/workshop focuses on how hip-hop music changes the negative mindset of today’s youth and how it sheds a more positive light on the culture versus what the media portrays. The presentation will include a PowerPoint History Lesson, music and will encourage youth participation. It will end with a Q & A session.

Akron-based Ameer Williamson is a positive force in music in NE Ohio. His message of peace, unity and positivism resonate loudly. Williamson is a community figure and activist, and serves as a role model for children. He reminds us of what we can accomplish if we think of the larger picture and community rather than just ourselves.

This program is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.



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The Baker’s Basement: Swingin’ Folk Funk

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The Baker’s Basement: Swingin’ Folk Funk

  • The Baker's Basement: Swingin' Folk Funk
    April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents composition and performing duo The Baker’s Basement on April 14, 2019 from 2-3 pm at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH.

Join Cleveland based artists Kate Dedinsky and Adam Grindler as they present a peculiar fusion of music best described as “Swinging Folk Funk.” Founded in 2012, the Baker’s Basement has been on a true musical journey that has resulted in their most recent adaptation, a mercurial performance style that combines strummed and picked acoustic guitar, guillele, interwoven male and female vocals, and a miniature homemade percussion set up that they call the “Tempeh Kit.” In reflection of their ever changing approach to stage and composition, this program will speak to the roll of open-mindedness and adaptability as it pertains to genre, instrumentation, venue, and audience.

The Baker’s Basement delivers songs of variable intensity and emotion. Some pieces are intimate, tender, and sparse, while others are uptempo, pulsing, full, and joyful. This last word has played a particularly important roll in the duo’s musical philosophy – Adam and Kate have made a concerted effort to create a sense of joy and humor in parts of their writing and performance, be it it through lyrical content or the addition of the occasional odd ball instrument: whistles, hums, mouth trumpet. The Baker’s Basement looks forward to providing a glimpse of their quirky journey as writers and performers.

Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541 or click here to reserve your seat.



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Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo, Sax/Percussion Jazz Duo

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Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo, Sax/Percussion Jazz Duo

  • Bobby Selvaggio & Anthony Taddeo
    June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its 2019 Sunday concert series at The Wadsworth Public Library on June 9, 2019 at 2pm with alto sax player Bobby Selvaggio and percussionist Anthony Taddeo as they create a soundscape of colors and textures through original jazz music. The concert is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541.

About the Artists

Bobby 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.”

Bobby, who grew up in the Cleveland area, earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, Bobby studied with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider.

After living in New York City and gigging around town at places like the Vanguard, Smalls, and Birdland for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland with his family. Northeast Ohio has become his home base of operations where Bobby has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada with various working ensembles and musicians. He has dedicated himself to keeping jazz alive in Cleveland and his passion for jazz education has led him to serve as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University.

In addition to his work in jazz education, Bobby continues to expand his discography. His most recent recording is Quantum Man (Dot Time Records, 2016) which features a Jazz Quartet, String Quintet, Voice, and Percussion. As said by Downbeat (receiving 4 ½ stars):“Even at its most abstract, the highly textured, refreshingly unpredictable Quantum Man is persuasive and moving”. Quantum Man was also chosen “Best of 2017” by Downbeat. Follows is Short Stories (Origin Records, 2014) featuring Aaron Goldberg on the piano, Way of Being (Arabesque Records, 2013), Grass Roots Movement (Arabesque Records, 2011) featuring guitarist Nir Felder, and Modern Times (Arabesque Records, 2009). Modern Times featured Kenny Werner on piano and Sean Jones on trumpet. Bobby’s Unspoken Dialogue (Playscape Recordings, 2007) featured Kenny Werner, as well as Jamey Haddad on drums, Ben Street on bass, and Paul Tynan on trumpet; all musicians Bobby has actively performed and recorded with over the last 10 years.

In addition to playing alto saxophone, Bobby also plays soprano saxophone, alto clarinet, flute, and is a composer, arranger, and jazz clinician. Bobby Selvaggio is an Eastman Saxophone Artist and a Jody Jazz Mouthpiece endorser.

Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and ODP performing artist currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. Early on in his musical career he studied with world renowned percussionist Jamey Haddad before moving to New York City in 2009 to further pursue his musical career at The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Anthony has toured North America and Europe extensively playing at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Ciclo 1906 Jazz Fest in Spain. His versatility as a musician has also lead him to be featured on over 20 albums alongside a diverse array of musicians and genres. Anthony currently teaches drums and percussion at Cuyahoga Community College. He is an active composer and arranger for projects in NYC and Cleveland. He is currently endorsed by “Out of the Drawer Percussion” as a performing artist.



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Miles Reed: Musician/Filmmaker

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Miles Reed: Musician/Filmmaker

  • Miles Reed: Musician/Filmaker
    May 12, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its free Sunday afternoon concerts with musician and filmaker Miles Reed on Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m. at the Wadsworth Public Library. Reed will share original music inspired by his many years of traveling around the world. These experiences have been the source of inspiration for his films, music and lectures. Reed will present music, images and words inspired by adventures down the path less traveled.
Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541.



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Perfect Girl

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Perfect Girl

  • Perfect Girl
    March 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Wadsworth-based Perfect Girl. The three-piece ensemble, consisting of Tony Batey on vocals, bass, and saxophone, Sam Holik on guitar, and Jake Ross on drums, have been playing at numerous venues in the Northeast Ohio area over the past several months, and are close to completing work on their first studio album. While their music tends to be of a rock variety, each song incorporates a number of different contemporary influences, ranging from the cool jazz and bebop of the early Cold War era to British pop and rock music from the latter half of the 20th Century all the way to modern day hip-hop and R&B. The band will take you through a large portion of their original material, discussing the influences going into each song and tracing the history of these influences. For anyone who appreciates contemporary music from many eras and has diverse and eclectic taste, this event is sure to please.

This event is free, but reservations are recommended as the concerts fill up quickly. Call 330-722-2541 to reserve your spot.



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Duo Mercury: 20th Century Violin and Cello Duets

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Duo Mercury: 20th Century Violin and Cello Duets

  • Duo Mercury
    February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland based musicians (McKenna Glorioso (violin) and Mia Ingram (cello) in a program that will showcase 20th century violin and cello duets.

Among selections from composers such as Ravel and Kodaly, the Duo will give a fresh face to familiar classics, and will include some crowd favorites you may recognize from places other than the classical stage. Sit back and listen as Duo Mercury takes you on a journey throughout 20th century music.

The one hour program takes place at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth on February 10, 2019 at 2pm. Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541, or by visiting www.ormaco.org.

About the Artists

Mia Ingram is a cellist originally from Minneapolis whose career thus far has mainly focused on chamber music. She began studying cello at age nine and soon joined the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra, eventually competing as a runner-up in the orchestra’s concerto competition.

Mia has studied chamber music with members of the Shanghai String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider,
the Artaria String Quartet, and the Arianna String Quartet. During high school she studied with
Mina Fisher and was a member of the award-winning Warner String Quartet, which won several
prizes in the Twin Cities area. Mia has attended many summer chamber music festivals
including, most recently, the fellowship program at Madeline Island Chamber Music in both
2017 and 2018.

Mia recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at McGill University’s
Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Matt Haimovitz. She was a finalist in the
concerto competition in 2017 and also graduated with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and
Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. She now resides in Cleveland, Ohio as a freelancer with
local orchestras, as a soloist, and with Duo Mercury.

McKenna Glorioso is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil. She completed a Bachelor Degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in 2017 studying with Axel Strauss and Marcelle Mallette. McKenna currently performs with both the Akron and Canton Symphonies as well as Cleveland Pops and the Cleveland Opera Theatre. McKenna spent the summer of 2018 in Breckenridge, Colorado as a
fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra. As an educator, McKenna is registered with the Suzuki Association.



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Steve Free Band: Appalachian and Americana Music

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Steve Free Band: Appalachian and Americana Music

  • Steve Free Band
    February 16, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents internationally acclaimed award winning singer/songwriter/recording artist Steve Free and his ensemble in an evening of folk music that combines the sounds of Appalachia, Americana and Country. The performance takes place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7pm at The Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts, 627 N. Main Street, Wellington, Ohio 44090.

Free’s awards include 9 ASCAP Awards, a Plantinum Record and a Grammy nomination. In 2008 he won the Ohio Governor’s Award for the number one artist in the state and in 2009 The Kentucky State Senate honored him for his musical contributions to Appalachia. In 2000 he received a lifetime achievement award from Airplay International in Nashville for his decades of international airplay.

His song “Siege at Lucasville”, about the 1993 Ohio prison riot, was filmed by CBS TV’s 48 Hours in 1996 and his song “Our Hometown” is featured in the PBS documentary Beyond These Walls. Free has performed on PBS, NPR, The Nashville Network and has been featured in the AFM International Magazine, GTE Music Magazine in Nashville and numerous other music industry magazines and newspaper articles.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available by calling 330-722-2541 or online at www.ormaco.org (credit card fees apply). Tickets are $15 at the door (cash or checks only).



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Mo’ Mojo: An Evening of Zydeco Music

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Mo’ Mojo: An Evening of Zydeco Music

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Mo' Mojo
    September 29, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents internationally acclaimed Mo’ Mojo, a hard driving, high energy “Pardi-Gras” band on Saturday, September 29 at 8pm at Wadsworth High School in the James R. McIlvaine Performing Arts Center, 625, Broad Street, Wadsworth, Ohio.

Female fronted, the ensemble features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. The group performs in English and French. Mo’ Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Blues, Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms.

Dancers are invited to come early for a Zydeco dance lesson on stage with the band beginning at 6:45 pm and ending at 7:30 pm.

Band members include:
• Jen Maurer – vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar
• Leigh Ann Wise – vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion
• Anthony Papaleo – vocals, fiddle, guitar
• Joe Golden – guitar, talk box
• Darren Thompson – bass
• Will Douglas – drums

Tickets are $20 in advance and are available online at www.ormaco.org (credit card processing fee applies), by calling 330-722-2541 or at all Medina County Buehler’s stores beginning August 27. Tickets will be $25 at the door (cash or checks only). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wadsworth Alumni Scholarship Fund.



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World Tour of Music: The Music of Leonard Bernstein- The Best of All Possible Worlds

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World Tour of Music: The Music of Leonard Bernstein- The Best of All Possible Worlds

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • World Tour of Music: The Music of Leonard Bernstein- The Best of All Possible Worlds
    October 27, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens its 2018/19 World Tour of Music Concert Series with The Music of Leonard Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds. This concert will celebrate one America’s great musical legends, Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Composer, conductor, scholar, activist, Bernstein was truly a citizen of the world. This concert will feature a selection from his catalog of great compositions including well known titles such as West Side Story & Candide, to lesser known gems such as Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Led from the piano by Steven Gross and featuring a quartet of acclaimed singers and chorus, this event will include historical and anecdotal recollections, multi-media footage, plus much more to honor this iconic American artist who through his work helped create “The Best of All Possible Worlds”.

Tickets available by calling 330-722-2541, online at www.ormaco.org (credit card fees apply), at all Medina County Buehler’s stores beginning September 24, 2018. $12 in advance; $15 at the door (cash or checks only).

About Steven Gross

Steven Gross has worked on Broadway and the West End as a music director, conductor, pianist, sub and vacation conductor on such shows as Phantom Of The Opera, The Life, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, Miss Saigon, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever and Dreamgirls and on the New York City Opera productions of A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Most Happy Fella and Candide. He has worked Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and the Algonquin Theater and is a Lortel Award nominee for Best Musical for his adaption of The Pirates of Penzance at the South Street Seaport and a Barrymore nominee for his work at the Prince Music Theater.

His regional theater work includes music direction in St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago. He has conducted the European premieres of The Life, Urinetown, Falsettos, Beehive, Forever Plaid, Closer Than Ever, Flora the Red Menace and other works. He also works extensively as a classical conductor and has appeared with many national and international opera companies, symphony orchestras and festivals including the Hamburg and Berlin State Opera Houses, Opera Factory London, The Zurich Opera, The Opera Comiqué in Paris, The Tel-Aviv Opera and the Macau Festival.

Steven has collaborated on new musicals with Award-winning composers including Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, Cy Coleman, David Friedman and Mark Hollmann. He also works as an orchestrator and arranger for many symphony orchestras, television, radio, video and on-line stations. Steven holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Yale University and is a Fulbright and Rotary Scholar. He is the Founder & CEO of MusicalTheaterSongs.com an 11,000 song (and counting) on-line resource dedicated to musical theater repertoire. The site is licensed in hundreds of universities/schools worldwide.



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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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Mell Csicsila: Striking Things

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Mell Csicsila: Striking Things

  • Mell Csicsila, Striking Things
    January 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach opens its 2019 free Sunday afternoon concerts with the area percussionist Mell Csicsila in a program entitled Striking Things. Mell will present a program of percussion music from across the globe incorporating traditional and modern takes on dance music, jazz, poetry, and western art music. The concert will feature tuned percussion including the vibraphone and marimba with a side trip to the garden department of your local home improvement store. Reservations are recommended as these concerts fill up quickly. Call 330-722-2541 to reserve your spot.

Mell Csicsila has been a dynamic presence on the Cleveland musical scene for over 20 years. A Cleveland native, he can be heard frequently performing as as a first-call percussionist for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theatre Foundation and with professional ensembles including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Erie, West Virginia and Wheeling Symphonies. Mell has backed a number of artists including Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., the Moody Blues and Yes, and supported the national tours of over twenty Broadway musicals including Wicked, The Producers, Hairspray, and Mary Poppins, and has performed with them in theatres across the United States. An active educator, Mell is a teaching artist for the Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music program and has been on the faculties of Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State Regional Campuses, and Lorain County Community College.



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Janet Becker (Flute): 18th Century Greatest Hits You Have Never Heard

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Janet Becker (Flute): 18th Century Greatest Hits You Have Never Heard

  • Janet Becker (flute)
    November 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents flutist Janet Becker at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, as she presents a program entitled 18th Century Hits You Have Never Heard. When we think of 18th century music here in the 21st century we think mostly of the great composers of the day, at least the great composers that we think were the greatest. In this case Bach, Handel, Vivaldi. What we forget is that the people of the 18th century had a completely different viewpoint on what was popular and best. In this concert/workshop Dr.Becker will share some of the works that actually were some of the most popular of the time, and show how flutists of the time took advantage of these works. Enjoy music by Marais, Couperin, Granom, Petzold, Rousseau and more.

The concert is free, but reservations are recommended to ensure seating. Call 330-722-2541.

About Janet Becker

Flutist Janet Becker is an active performer and recitalist on both modern flute and the Baroque traverso. She frequently performs with several chamber music ensembles; the Watercolors Trio, a flute, violin, harp ensemble, released a CD in July 2004; the Melodia Chamber players have performed at The University of Akron and Mount Union College; and Buckeye Baroque incorporates traverso, recorders, viol and lute. Between 1994 and 2004 the Emerald Winds Woodwind Quintet toured throughout Ohio and received support from the Ohio Arts Council, a grant from the American Composers Forum and participated in a joint commissioning project for a new woodwind quintet from composer John Lampkin. An active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Becker has performed and lectured at conventions in 1995, 1997 and 2000. She was also chosen to be a presenter at the 1997 College Music Society International Conference in Vienna, Austria. Mu Phi Epsilon awarded Dr. Becker the prize for outstanding Doctoral Musicology project in 1994. She has performed with the Akron, Youngstown, Canton, and Ashland Symphonies, the Erie Philharmonic and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In March 2018 Dr. Becker will be performing and lecturing at the Kentucky Flute Festival.

Dr. Becker currently teaches and directs the flute choir at the University of Mount Union and has taught at The University of Akron, Malone College, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Cleveland Music School Settlement. She also teaches a large class of students at her own studio, The Greenwich Rd. Flute Studio in Norton, Ohio. Over the past forty years she has taught hundreds of students, from beginners through college level, sending many on to music degrees and scholarships at Ohio State, Ohio University, Capital, Baldwin-Wallace, Otterbein, Westminster, Waynesburg, Grove City, The University of Akron, Bowling Green, Youngstown State, and The Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2014 she started the Western Star Community Flute Choir based at Trinity United Church of Christ in Wadsworth. Since that time the group has had more than fifteen performances at various church and community functions, and joined with flute groups from Mount Union and the Greenwich Rd. Flute Studio to present a Christmas Festival of Flutes in 2015.

Dr. Becker received her musical training at The Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), The University of Akron (M.M.) and Northwestern University (D.M.). Her teachers included Maurice Sharp, George Pope, Walfrid Kujala, Trudy Kane and John Rautenberg on modern flute; and Sandra Miller, Richard Graef, Christopher Krueger and Stephen Schwartz on traverso. She has performed in Masterclasses for Paula Robison, Claude Monteux, and Trevor Wye on modern flute, and Barthold Kuijken, Steven Preston, Barbara Kallaur and Mindy Rosenfeld on traverso.



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ORMACO Annual Dinner: An Evening of Wine, Music, and Celebration

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ORMACO Annual Dinner: An Evening of Wine, Music, and Celebration

  • Annual Dinner
    November 15, 2018
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join ORMACO on November 15, 2018 at 6:30pm as we celebrate our eighth anniversary at our annual dinner at the Corkscrew Saloon in Medina.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres and mix and mingle old friends and new. Enjoy a delectable dinner and listen to live music (group TBA). Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Cost: $30 per person, which includes a glass of sparkling wine. For reservations, book at www.ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.



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James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

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James and Madelaine Matej MacQueen: Violin & Voice; a Romance

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Violin and Voice; A Romance
    September 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents soprano Madelaine Matej MacQueen and violinist James Matej MacQueen in a program of duets. Since the 1500s, people have compared the sound of the violin to the human voice. In this program, the artists present original works and arrangements of pieces that showcase the happy marriage of the violin and the soprano voice. From madrigals by Monteverdi to works written just this year, the duo traces the path of their unique combination through history to create an enthralling musical tale!

About the Artists

James Matej MacQueen is an active composer and performer on the violin and baroque viola. He plays viola with the Case Western Reserve Baroque Orchestra, as well as violin and viola in recitals locally and in California. Mr. MacQueen is also in demand as a Scottish fiddle player for concerts and dances across the United States, most recently in Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and California, as well as locally in Northeast Ohio. He has recorded two albums of fiddle music with the band StringFire.

In the fall of 2017, Mr. MacQueen completed his most recent work for violin and piano. He has also written extensively for violin and soprano with the Wednesday Love song cycle, which won the Lamont Composer Competition in 2014. Mr. MacQueen earned a Masters in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance & Composition from University of the Pacific.

In addition to performing and composing, Mr. MacQueen maintains a private studio of violin and viola students in Shaker Heights.

American-born soprano Madelaine Matej has won praise for her clear, agile lyricism and versatile stage characterizations. At University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, her undergraduate roles with Pacific Opera Theater included Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (2016), Celidora in Mozart’s L’Oca del Cairo by (2015), and Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2014).

In 2012, Ms. Matej sang the role of Erster Knabe in the Hawaii Performing Arts

Festival production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and performed in the festival’s musical revue. In 2008, she sang Flora in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with San Francisco Lyric Opera and drew praise from Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for “[rising] magnificently to the challenge…her singing bright and true, and her stage presence a compelling mixture of playfulness and turmoil.” That same year, she created the role of Dory Kamen in San Francisco Opera’s celebrated world premiere of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Stewart Wallace.

Following study in Italy at the 2014 Pistoia Musica Antica summer festival, Ms. Matej presented a lecture-recital titled Don’t Look Back! A Eurydice Retrospective. The performance used the character Eurydice as a model to explore the silencing of female characters throughout operatic history. Ms. Matej’s concert credits include soloist in Mozart’s Vespera solennis de confessore (2015) and both Mary and the Daughter of Zion in Handel’s Brockes Passion (2014), both with Pacific Choral Ensembles.

First-place competition awards include the Avanti Award (2016); Kathe Underwood Scholarship of Stockton Opera Guild (2015); the Ray Eberle Vocal Scholarship of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society (2013); the Classical division winner of the California Capital Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing (2013); and the Manlio Silva Young Artist Award from Stockton Symphony (2012).

Ms. Matej graduated from University of the Pacific in May 2016 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude. She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. She has been privileged to train in master classes with Wagnerian soprano Linda Watson, William Schumann from the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Broadway music director Paul Staroba. In May 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Ms. Matej is currently a Ph.D student in Musicology at Case Western Reserve University.



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