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Celebrate spring with these concerts

John Benson • Apr 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

So much music, so little time. That’s what’s happening around the area this week, with live performances ranging from high school jazz bands and a piano duo to a world-renowned trumpeter.

Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s Trumpet Triumph

• WHEN: 8 p.m. April 16

• WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky   

• COST: $26/adult, $24/senior

• INFO: 419-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com

  The Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s “Trumpet Triumph” show is on April 16 at the Sandusky State Theatre. The evening features acclaimed trumpet player Michael Sachs performing a variety of material: Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, John Williams’ classics “Across the Stars” from “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” Tchaikovsky’s Suite from “Swan Lake” and Harvey Schmidt’s “Overture” to “The Fantasticks.”

 “It’s going to be a fabulous event,” said Firelands Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jaime Steinemann. “Michael Sachs is our soloist. He’s a world-renowned trumpet player and principal trumpet with the Cleveland Orchestra. He’s performed with major orchestras all over the world. He’s pretty impressive.”

 Going out with a bang is how Steinemann describes “Trumpet Triumph,” which is the Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of its 2010-2011 season,

 “This really demonstrates how far we’ve come in the last three or four years,” Steinemann said. “This is Conductor Carl Topilow’s third season with Firelands Symphony, and every year it seems like he raises the bar. This has just taken us to a whole new level.”

School of Jazz Night

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 15

• WHERE: Student Activities Center at Terra Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont

•COST: $5

• INFO: 419-559-2233

  The musical fun begins with Terra Community College’s “School of Jazz Night” at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Student Activities Center. The concert features the Fremont Ross Jazz Band, the Oak Harbor Jazz Band, the Gibsonburg Jazz Band and the Terra Thunder Jazz Band.

  “It’s a jazz band concert that includes three local area high school jazz bands and also Terra’s jazz band,” said Terra Community College Department of Music Assistant and show producer Lonnie Shuey, who also plays drums in the Terra Thunder Jazz Band. “It’s pretty much two hours of big bands, swing, blues and a little Latin.”

 Billed as a perfect way to celebrate both jazz appreciation and National Community College Month, the evening features roughly 70 high school students.

Shuey said the entire program is designed not only to show off local talent, but also as a recruiting tool for the school.

 Added Shuey, “Our music department is growing by leaps and bounds, and this is one way we’re trying to get more interest in getting ourselves into the high school and inviting them out here.”

Music on Sundays: Westhuizen Duo

• WHEN: 4 p.m. April 17

• WHERE: Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church, 1441 Fangboner Rd., Fremont

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-334-2605

  The jazz concert isn’t the only Terra Community College-related performance this weekend. In fact, the school has another of its free “Music on Sunday Series” shows booked for April 17 at the Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church in Fremont. This month’s guest is the Westhuizen Duo, a husband-wife piano act from Tiffin.

 “The ‘Music on Sunday Series’ is something we began a couple of years ago in partnership with Hayes Church to provide community concerts and as a way to get Terra Community College out into the community,” said Shuey, who is the production coordinator of the show. “It’s a nice partnership, and we provide a concert once a month at that church from various groups. The Westhuizen Duo have played at various college functions around the area, so they’re quite well known.”

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