Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Sponsors TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “I've Got Rhythmn” and DCCA Arts Programs For Children

Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County. DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2016-2017 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community, by supporting the recent “I've Got Rhythmn” performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, as the final show in DCCA’s 2016-2017 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 Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust’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 filled the stage April 29th at St. Clair Memorial Hall to perform “I've Got Rhythm,” a performance filled with the music of George Gershwin, including An American in Paris, Strike Up the Band, variations of I've Got Rhythm and concluding with Rhapsody in Blue. Toledo Symphony Resident Conductor, Sara Jobin returned to conduct and Orchestral Piano Soloist Michael Chertock, graced the Memorial Hall stage wowing the audience. Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony reaches an audience of more than 260,000 annually, and has built a strong national reputation for its artistic excellence and community programming.

Presentations in DCCA’s 2016-2017 Family Theatre Series included Arts Power's Chicken Dance, November 6th, Laura Ingalls Wilder January 29th and Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle on Sunday, April 23rd.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2016-2017 included Jason Farham presenting "Piano Outside the Box" for students in grades K-3; Tasha Stielstra presenting "Pulling Together" on teamwork and leadership for grades 4-6; AudioBody presented the synthesis of music and technology in their unique performance at St. Clair Memorial for grades 7 & 8; and international Irish musicians We Banjo 3 shared Irish culture and music while performing 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.

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

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