Friday, April 27, 2012


Verd & Gini Stuckey
Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the May 5 performance of Stars and Stripes Forever by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its Artists Series; according to the Stuckey’s, Ami enjoys all of the performances, but the orchestra is her favorite. Verd and Gini stated that they sponsor the orchestral performances because “Ami is a musician, music is a positive stimulus for her and we are fortunate to be able to bring her to programs of this caliber in our community. “Helping to make programs like this possible in Darke County is one way that we can show our appreciation for all of the compassion and caring that our community shows to Ami.”

Toledo Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with 60 members led by TSO’s innovative conductor, Jeffrey Pollock. Stars and Stripes Forever will feature rousing patriotic music by John Phillip Sousa, George Cohan and many others with songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Armed Forces Salute,” and “America The Beautiful,” just to name a few.

This special presentation is part of the Centennial Anniversary Celebration of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. Dedicated on May 3, 1912, research shows that the early days of the Hall often featured patriotic music, as Henry St. Clair was known to be a staunchly patriotic leader in the community. DCCA’s May 5th program has been selected to bring credit and honor to the memory of Henry and Ella St. Clair and the gift of the beautiful performance hall that they gave to our community.

The concert begins at 8:00 pm, tickets are $30, $15 for students, and are available in advance by calling 937-547-0908 or email Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

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