Saturday, April 18, 2015


Verd & Gini Stuckey and DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan
Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the Saturday, April 25 “A Night at the Oscars” performance by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its Artists Series.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to have the support of individuals who recognize the value of the performing arts and who choose to give of their personal funds to help make the programs accessible and more affordable. Their donation provides the opportunity to experience the beauty of live performances in a jewel of our community, St. Clair Memorial Hall,” she concluded.

Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony has grown from a group of twenty-two part-time musicians to become a regional orchestra employing nearly eighty professional full-time musicians who continue to grow in artistic quality and relevance, having ended their 2011 season with a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall. TSO remains committed to taking music to the people, playing in venues as varied as churches, schools, and universities, and supports community arts organizations like DCCA by traveling to perform in concert halls in small towns and rural areas.

DCCA is literally rolling out the red carpet for the show, and promises other festive touches for our local “Night at the Oscars.” Although you'll be welcome regardless of your attire, some DCCA officials plan on dressing for the occasion, and invite you to join in the formal fun if you are so inclined. But if you don't have a tux or a ball gown, or have them but don't want to pull them out of the closet, you can still revel in the merry music produced by skilled musicians who simply love to play.

The performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra will also feature a local debut; the audience at St. Clair Memorial Hall will for the first time see TSO being led by Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin, whose impressive credentials include having been the first woman to conduct a main-stage subscription performance at the San Francisco Opera. While studying piano at Tanglewood's summer music program, Ms. Jobin had the opportunity to watch the great Leonard Bernstein conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “It felt like the musicians were playing their souls with everything they had,” she remembers. The experience inspired the teenager to become a conductor herself.

She strongly believes in a guiding principle espoused by her conducting teacher, who taught that the conductor does not matter. “It's not about you, it's about the music,” he said. In response, when Sara conducts, she strives to “let go and lose myself in the music,” a process which motivates orchestra members and entrances audiences, who also find themselves lost in the marvelous sounds.

Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Greenville Federal are also sponsors of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra performance. The performance is also sponsored by the Ketrow Foundation and 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.

Tickets for Toledo Symphony Orchestra cost $30 for adults and $15 for students. To order, contact DCCA at or call 937-547-0908. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The concert begins at 8:00 pm at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall.

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