Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ketrow Foundation Sponsors TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” and DCCA Arts Programs For Children

Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow foundation for their support of the arts in Darke County. DCCA thanks the Ketrow foundation for their contribution to the 2015-2016 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. “The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” performances by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, May 14 as the final show in DCCA’s 2015-2016 Artists Series. The Ketrow Foundation also supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs, which benefit Darke County youth and their families. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “The Ketrow Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a professional artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “We are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

Toledo Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall to perform “The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein,” featuring music from classic favorites including The Sound of Music, Carousel and The King and I. Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony now in its seventy-second season, reaches an audience of more than 260,000 annually, and has built a strong national reputation for its artistic excellence and community programming. Tickets for the Saturday, May 14, 8:00 PM concert are $30/$15 students.

DCCA’s Family Theater Series presents three professional theatrical programs specifically chosen to reach out to the young and young at heart. DCCA’s 2015/2016 Family Theatre Series included three performances - Theatreworks USA presented The Lightning Thief on October 4th; ArtsPower’s colorful musical production of the storybook favorite Madeline & the Bad Hat on November 15th; And most recently, Lightwire Theater returned to Darke County with a cosmic adventure of their latest electroluminescent puppetry production Moon Mouse A Space Odyssey on April 3. Family Theatre Series shows take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall, in Greenville, and thanks to continued community support ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first performance in 1997.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2015/2016 included Kim & Reggie Harris presenting Music of the Underground Railroad and songs of freedom for students in grades K-3; the Mad River Theater Works production of John Henry brings history to life for grades 4-6; Living Voices returned to St. Clair Memorial Hall to present the story of Anne Frank Through the Eyes of a Friend to grades 7 & 8; and as seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off” a cappella sensation VoicePlay, performed for Darke County High School students. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

Greenville Federal, Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. are also sponsors of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra performance. The performance is also sponsored by the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

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