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Music Inspired by Dance: Sylvia Wehrs, Violin

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Music Inspired by Dance: Sylvia Wehrs, Violin

  • Sylvia Wehrs, Violin
    November 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach continues its free Sunday afternoon concerts at the Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281 at 2pm with Cleveland-based violinist Sylvia Wehrs. Sylvia will perform solo violin music inspired by dance from Bach’s Partitas to Piazzola’s Tango Etudes. Reservations are recommended by calling 330-722-2541 as seating is limited.

About Sylvia Wehrs

Sylvia Wehrs is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully registered teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches at the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Thrive Arts Center, and maintains a private studio. As a performer, she plays regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and Cleveland Opera Theater. Ms Wehrs also works internationally, recently teaching and performing in Harare, Zimbabwe, Osorno, Chile, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Inspire Africa, and the Global Leaders Program.



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Kevin Walters: Sound the Horn!

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Kevin Walters: Sound the Horn!

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Sound the Horn
    July 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its free Wadsworth Library concert series with Sound the Horn! A Demonstration of French Horn Playing Techniques. Akron-based Kevin Walters will present well-known French horn repertoire, from Mozart to Strauss, demonstrating a variety of playing techniques. Learn about stopped horn, playing with mutes, and the fundamentals on how to sound the horn!
Admission is free, but reservations are recommended on 330-722-2541.

About Kevin Walters

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Kevin Walters is a music educator as well as a full-time student at The University of Akron, expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with licensure in December 2019. Mr. Walters played principal horn in The UA Symphonic Band for two seasons, as well as sang tenor in the UA Choirs. He has performed locally and internationally, including the OMEA Professional Development Conference in Cleveland and Columbus, the Mid-North Horn Workshop Muncie, Indiana, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany.



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Samuel Salsbury: North Indian Sarangi

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Samuel Salsbury: North Indian Sarangi

Event Phone: 330-722-2541


  • Samuel Salsbury
    October 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Akron-based musician Samuel Salsbury in a special Indian classical music concert and talk. Samuel will play the sarangi, a rarely heard bowed string instrument of North India.

The program will include music selections from North India, to which Samuel has devoted intensive study since 2014. Using an instrument that is 125 years old, he will present a portion of a classical raga, an original song he wrote for a friend, and a bhajan (devotional songs). Samuel will also speak about the instrument, Hindustani music and a few of his experiences as he immersed himself in this rich and deeply spiritual culture.

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



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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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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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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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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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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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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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