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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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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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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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