Toledo Symphony Announces Program and Conductor for Music Under the Stars - Week Two at the Toledo Zoo Ampitheatre.

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The Toledo Symphony announces that John T. Madden of Michigan State University will lead a program called "Olympic Fanfare and Favorites" on the July 15th Music Under the Stars.

Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

The Toledo Symphony has announced that John T. Madden from Michigan State University will conduct the second Music Under the Stars concert on July 15th. The theme is "Olympic Fanfare and Favorites." Highlights include music for the Olympics by John Williams, beloved standards from concert band repertoire and arrangements of traditional songs. With the London summer Olympics only three weeks away, this concert will get audiences in the mood for the Games.

Sam Szor and the Cassandra Ballet will make a guest appearances.

The 2012 Mercy Music Under the Stars presented by The Andersons is free. Huntington Bank is the July 15th Concert Sponsor.

More information can be found at The series is managed by the Toledo Symphony with assistance from the Toledo Zoo.

TARTA's "Stars Shuttle" will leave area pick-up destinations at 6:30pm. For more information on routes and timing, visit

For headshots and more biographical information, please contact Ashley Mirakian, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

John T. Madden

JOHN T. MADDEN is the Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music in the College of Music at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He has held this position since the fall of 1989. Madden’s responsibilities include directing the 300-member Spartan Marching Band, as well as serving as Conductor of the MSU Symphony Band. He frequently guest conducts the MSU Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds. Madden also serves on the MSU Music Education faculty, teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and has taught courses on marching band techniques. His additional College of Music responsibilities include supervising all aspects of the MSU’s Athletic Bands.

Prior to coming to MSU, Madden held the post of Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Band at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his Master of Music Education and Conducting degree from the Wichita State University, where he also served as Graduate Assistant to the University Bands. Madden is a 1985 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree. His conducting teachers include Stanley DeRusha, Richard Blatti, Eugene Corporan, Myles Mazur, and Jay Decker. Madden was chosen twice to participate in the “Rocky Mountain Retreat” for wind conductors, led by H. Robert Reynolds.

Professor Madden is active throughout the nation as a guest conductor and clinician, and has conducted MSU ensembles at state, regional, and national conventions and conferences. In December of 2004, he presented a clinic session at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago entitled; "From Carnegie Hall to the 50 yard line,” Approaching Concert and Marching Ensembles with the same “vision.” In 2000, the MSU Symphony Band was selected to perform at the North Central Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, as well as in Grand Rapids in 2010 for the Michigan Music Conference. Madden is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and serves that organization as past Chair of the Athletic Bands Task Force. He also holds memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the Big Ten Band Directors Association, and is the past National Vice-President for Professional Relations, and Past North Central District Governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity. Madden is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Tau Beta Sigma band fraternity. His was inducted in to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in March of 2008.

As an adjudicator, Madden maintains numerous associations with judging organizations around the United States. His work with community bands includes past Conductor and Music Director of the Lansing Concert Band. He has guest conducted the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band and the Marshall (MI) Community Band, as well as having served as clinician at the Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands in Okemos and the Berkshire Band Festival in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is the resident Conductor of the Symphony Band at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine, and conducted bands at the Great Lake Music Camp.

His most recent professional recording project involved conducting the Brass Band of Battle Creek in a CD recording project of the Fight Songs and Alma Maters of the Big Ten Universities. The disk is titled "Saturday Spectacular" and is currently being distributed internationally. Additionally, Madden has released 21 commercial recordings with the MSU Spartan Marching Band.

Upcoming Music Under the Stars Programs:

JULY 15 - "Olympic Fanfare and Favorites"
John Madden
Associate Director of Bands - Michigan State University

JULY 22 - "Music from the Movies"
Robert Mirakian
University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Music Director of the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor of the Toledo Opera

Jason Stumbo
Director of Bands - University of Toledo

Rodney Dorsey
Associate Director of Bands - University of Michigan

AUGUST 12 - "That's All Folks"
Kenneth Thompson
Associate Professor of Band Activities - Bowling Green State University
Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra

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