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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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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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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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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