Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ketrow Foundation Sponsors TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “A Night at the Oscars” 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 2014-2015 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. “A Night at the Oscars” performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, April 25 as the final show in DCCA’s 2014-2015 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 “A Night At the Oscars,” a performance of Academy Award-winning music. Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony now in its seventy-first 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, April 25, 8:00 PM concert are $30/$15 students.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series presents three shows each season to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values. The 2014-2015 series included three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Skippy Jon Jones, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Schoolhouse Rock Live!

DCCA’s Arts In Education program annually takes professional performing artists to all grades of all Greenville City and Darke County schools. Programs for 2014-2015 included Mime, Mask & Storytelling with DOUG BERKEY performing for students in grades K through 3; Creole for Kids with Zydeco Artist, TERRANCE SIMIEN performing for students in grades 4-6; Words & Actions for Literacy with POETRY ALIVE! who performed for High School students; Canada’s internationally-acclaimed invented instrument, power percussion company SCRAP ARTS MUSIC performed for Jr. High students at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Greenville Federal, Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Ami McClurkin 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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