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Party Bus to Severance Hall: The Cleveland Orchestra All Beethoven Concert

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Party Bus to Severance Hall: The Cleveland Orchestra All Beethoven Concert

  • Party Bus to Cleveland Orchestra
    May 13, 2018
    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as we travel to Severance Hall in Cleveland to experience The Cleveland Orchestra in an all Beethoven program that includes Leoniore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) and Symphony No. 2.

Hop on the bus at Buehler’s River Styx in Medina at noon. Enjoy a box lunch, flowing wine, homemade cookies and participate in the trivia quiz. Arrive at Severance Hall in time for a backstage tour at 1:15pm. At 2pm, attend a pre-concert lecture. The concert begins at 3pm and ends around 5pm. Board the bus for our journey back to Medina and indulge in more wine, chocolates, cheese and more.

All-inclusive orchestra ticket is $105; balcony is $85.
Order online at www.ormaco.org (credit card fees apply) or by calling 330-722-2541. Seating is limited.



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Avenue Brass

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Avenue Brass

  • Avenue Brass
    May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Akron-based Avenue Brass. Stay tuned for details about the program.

ABOUT THE BAND

Cody Ray is a freelance trumpet player, educator, and composer. Currently studying at the University of Akron, Cody is a member of the Cleveland Philharmonic and performs in the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. He also performed in the University of Akron Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. In Spring 2015, he was selected to be a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. As a composer, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s 2018 Young and Emerging Artist program. Cody’s primary teachers include Mark Maliniak, Jack Schantz, Scott Johnston, and Dr. Mark Dulin. He currently studies music composition with Dr. Robert Brownlow.

Sarah Palmer is a horn player from Brunswick, Ohio, who now studies under Dr. Margaret Tung at the University of Akron. She is a junior majoring in Brass Performance and currently a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Horn Choir, and the Avenue Brass Quintet. Sarah freelances in the Northeast Ohio and offers lessons to students around the area.

Andrew Wegierski is currently a junior at the University of Akron majoring in Jazz Studies & Composition. His primary teachers include Jack Schantz, Dr. Nikola Resanovic, and Dr. Jim Albrecht. Andrew enjoys playing in a wide range of ensembles including the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Jazz Trombone Group, and Brass Choir. Andrew is currently a lesson teacher in the areas of brass, drums, percussion and beginning piano at Firefly Music School in Akron, Ohio, an arranging intern for Phil Anderson at Playground Sessions, a part-time drummer with Aaron Dussing’s Polka Revolution, and a freelance Trombonist and composer. He is the primary arranger and composer for the University of Akron Jazz Trombone Group and regularly has his music premiered at Guzzetta Hall on the University’s campus. He is originally from Solon, Ohio, and is a proud graduate of Solon High School.

Andrew Brott- Forthcoming

David Burnett- Forthcoming



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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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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: On Your Feet

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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: On Your Feet

  • On Your Feet
    December 17, 2017
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as we head to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square on Sunday, December 17, 2017 to see On Your Feet, the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent- and each other-to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Directed by two-time Tony Award ® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and a book by Academy Award ® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, “Conga”, Get on Your Feet”, Don’t Want to Lose You Now”, “1-2-3” and “Coming Out of the Dark”. Prepare to be on your feet from start to finish!

Board the a luxury motorcoach at Buehler’s River Styx at 5pm. Enjoy a box dinner, flowing wine, homemade cookies, chocolates, a trivia quiz and more. The show starts at 6:30pm. Arrive back around 9:45pm.

Seating is limited. Rear orchestra seating is $95; Front balcony is $75.

Book now to avoid disappointment online (credit card processing fee applies) or by calling 330-722-2541.



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World Tour of Music: Terra Australis: Songs from Down Under with Brad Cooper, Tenor

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World Tour of Music: Terra Australis: Songs from Down Under with Brad Cooper, Tenor

  • Terra Australis: Songs from Down Under
    April 21, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) wraps up its 2017-2018 season with a special performance by well-known Australian tenor, Brad Cooper. A dynamic performer, equally excited to engage in a wide range of genres, from Opera to Crossover, from Early Music to Romantic and Modern, his show FROM KORNGOLD TO KABARETT has played to packed audiences in Sydney, London, Melbourne and Regional Australia, while his 2015 show Don’t Mention the War enjoyed success at Melbourne Recital Centre’s Spotlight Series and Broken Hill Regional Gallery.

Brad will showcase some solo tunes, but will also perform with various choir and band ensembles from the Copley-Fairlawn School District under music director Michael Foster. The evening will include traditional Australian songs as well as an array of Australian tunes that will be new to US audiences.

Tickets are $12 in advance available at ormaco.org or by calling 330-722-2541. Tickets will be $15 at the door, cash or check only.

ABOUT BRAD COOPER

Recent engagements for Brad Cooper at Opera Australia include the title role of Albert Herring, Tamino in Magic Flute, Bazilio/Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, and tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

In 2016 Brad performed the title role in Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under Richard Bonynge for the Sydney Conservatorium’s Centenary Celebrations, and in 2017 Brad returns in concert as Zadok the Priest in Handel’s Solomon with Michelle Leonard’s dynamic Leichardt Espresso Chorus, following on from last years triumph as Jonathan in Saul at St James, King Street in Sydney.

Brad appears regularly at the Silverton Hotel for Aria’s in the Outback, in Opera Gala evenings at Leura’s Hydro Majestic, in concert for the Robert Stolz Viennese Society in Melbourne and in musically gorgeous collaborations with the stunning Inventi Ensemble.

Other memorable appearances include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte & Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Oper Köln), Don Alonse in L’Amant Jaloux (Opera Comique, Paris), Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Holland Park, London), Aubry in Marschener’s Der Vampyr (Grachtenfestival, Amsterdam), creating the role of Clem in Mischa Hamel’s Snow White (Nederlandse Reisopera) and appearing in concert with Anna Netrebko in Moscow.

Brad’s performance of Davey in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song for Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival was released live on Chandos Classics to widespread critical acclaim. The Live CD of From Korngold to Kabarett goes on sale in 2017.

Brad studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, National Opera Studio, London and with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, California. He is thankful for the support of Nance Atkinson Trust, Johnson Bequest, Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Opera Auditions Committee’s Dame Joan Sutherland Award and Australian Singing Competition.



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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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The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

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The University of Akron Steel Drum Band

  • University of Akron Steel Drum Band
    March 24, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents The University of Akron Steel Drum Band at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, on March 24, 2018 at 8pm. Travel to Trinidad and Tobago in your own back yard and dance in the aisles to the sizzling sounds of this high energy band. Students from the Copley Steel Drum Band will also participate. Founded by Dr. Larry Snider, and directed by Matt Dudack, this award winning steel drum ensemble is an excellent way to usher in spring. You will leave this concert energized and renewed! A portion of proceeds from the concert will benefit Copley music programs. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available online at ormaco.org (credit card processing fee applies) or by calling 330-722-2541. Tickets at the door are $12, cash or checks only.



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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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Sylvia Wehrs, The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time

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Sylvia Wehrs, The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time

  • Sylvia Wehrs: Solo Violin
    February 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Cleveland-based violinist and teacher Sylvia Wehrs in The Solo Violin: A Journey Through Time. This free concert will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2-3pm at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth.

Ms. Wehrs will trace solo violin literature from Bach’s baroque masterpieces to 20th century showpieces. Along the way, she will discuss how improvements to the instrument in the 18th and 19th centuries led to the violin evolving into one of the most technically difficult and virtuosic instruments to play. With a wide range of colors and effects, Ms. Wehrs will showcase some of the most technically challenging solo violin repertoire.

About Sylvia Wehrs

Sylvia Wehrs is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches through the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Bard High School, and maintains a private studio of students in Cleveland and Zimbabwe with ages ranging from three year-olds to adults. As a performer, she performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, and in chamber and solo appearances in a variety of settings from concert halls to hospitals.

During the summers Ms. Wehrs has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Inspire Africa, a life-changing program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Building from this experience, she founded her own program in 2017, Cleveland Harare Music Exchange, which seeks to bring musical guidance to the children of Harare, Zimbabwe through the Suzuki method and high level performances. Ms. Wehrs believes strongly in music education as a tool for social change, and is excited to study this topic as a member of the 2018 Global Leaders Program. As a participant, Ms. Wehrs will have the opportunity to engage a diverse group of students in Chile and Puerto Rico in Spring 2018.



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Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar

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Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar

  • Jen Maurer: Just a Girl and Her Guitar
    April 8, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents local standout, Jen Maurer in a program titled Just a Girl and Her Guitar. Jen is always out there publicly growing and satisfying her musical mind, taking us with her on a roller coaster ride of variety (Zydeco, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Americana, Blues, Ragtime….) She’s traveled the U.S. and world with her Louisiana music based band, Mo’ Mojo. This is a rare solo performance and workshop showcasing the depth of her singular voice and songwriting. The concert will include original songs drawn from the Roots music vernacular.

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



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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Rent

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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Rent

  • Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Rent
    March 25, 2018
    11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as it ventures to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square to see the Broadway hit, Rent.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre.

Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Hop on the bus at Buehler’s River Styx at 11:30am, enjoy a catered box lunch, flowing wine, homemade cookies, chocolates, a trivia quiz and more. To book tickets visit www.ormaco.org (credit card charges apply) or phone 330-722-2541. Seating is limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. ORMACO Party Buses sell out quickly.

 



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Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika

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Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Oleg Kruglyakov: Balalaika
    January 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents the sounds Russia on January 14, 2018 at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281 from 2-3pm as Siberian-born balalaika virtuoso, Oleg Kruglyakov, charms the audience with the warm sounds of this triangular, wooden Russian stringed musical instrument.

Hailing from Omsk, Siberia in Russia, but now a Clevelander, Oleg Kruglyakov began playing balalaika at age 7 and was educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory, studying conducting as was as balalaika. Oleg taught at the Irkutsk School of Music, Perm College of Music and the Perm Institute of Culture. An international performer, Oleg formed “Russian Duo” with Terry Boyarksy in 2007. He has four albums: one with his ensemble in Russia, one with “Moscow Nights” and two with “Russian Duo”.

Admission is free, but reservations recommended at 330-722-2541



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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Waitress

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Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Waitress

  • Party Bus to Playhouse Square: Waitress
    November 5, 2017
    11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as it ventures to Cleveland’s Playhouse Square to see the Broadway hit, Waitress. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (PippinFinding Neverland).

Hop on the bus at Buehler’s River Styx at 11:30am, enjoy a catered box lunch, flowing wine, homemade cookies, chocolates, a trivia quiz and more. To book tickets visit www.ormaco.org (credit card charges apply) or phone 330-722-2541. Seating is limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. ORMACO Party Buses sell out quickly.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

 

Start Time: 11:30 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2017

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Buehler’s River Styx
3626 Medina Road
Medina, Ohio
44256
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Verb Ballets: Made in America: Dances That Transform You through Time and Movement

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Verb Ballets: Made in America: Dances That Transform You through Time and Movement

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Verb Ballets
    February 17, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Made in America: Dances That Transform You through Time and Movement. The program will consist of works designed to conjure up visions of gypsy dancers, to the famous orchestral music of the 1940’s audience favorite Eight by Benny Goodman, choreographed by Ohio Ballet Founder Heinz Poll. Included is a new work by African-American choreographer Tommie Waheed Evans of Philadelphia described by critics as, “sleek encounters that brim with contrasting patterns and connections”. A new company work by Adam Houghland, of Dallas, Texas whose works have been praised for, “ample distinctive differences in movement invention, tone, and approach to satisfy a multiplicity of tastes” makes an exciting addition to the program. International dance critics from Taiwan and the UK have reviewed Verb Ballets’ performances as, “classical ballet with a dash of American modern dance”.

Tickets are available by calling 330-722-2541 or online at www.ormaco.org for $15 (plus credit card processing fee).

 

About Verb Ballets:

Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance. Critics have hailed Verb Ballets as, “Dashes preconceptions …with keen dramatic power.” -The Plain Dealer, “(Verb) is dance magnifique.” – The Examiner, “confident and polished, Verb’s dancers shone” – Dance International Magazine. Verb Ballets cultivates dance appreciation and nurtures wellness through movement in community dance classes, school residencies, senior outreach, library programs, master classes and college course partnerships. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch.



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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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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: 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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