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

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The Toledo Symphony has announced that Rodney Dorsey will conduct the fifth Music Under the Stars concert on August 5th. The theme is "American Echoes".

Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

The Toledo Symphony has announced that Rodney Dorsey will conduct the fifth Music Under the Stars concert on August 5th at 7:30PM. The theme is "American Echoes".

Highlights include music inspired by patriotic music - Variations on America (Ives), Yankee Doodle (Gould) and more.

The 2012 Mercy Music Under the Stars presented by The Andersons is free.

Sam Szor, The Cakewalkin' Jass Band, and The Pride of Toledo Sweet Adelines will make guest appearances.

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

Rodney Dorsey:
Rodney Dorsey is currently the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan where he conducts the Concert Band, teaches undergraduate conducting, and conducts the Michigan Youth Band. Prior to this appointment, Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul at Northwestern Universities. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Florida State University and the Masters and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University. He studied conducting with Dr. James Croft, Mr. John P. Paynter, and Dr. Mallory Thompson. He was a clarinet student of Mr. Fred Ormand and Dr. Frank Kowalsky. Dorsey gained extensive experience teaching in the public schools of Florida and Georgia. Ensembles under Dr. Dorsey's direction have performed at several state and national events including the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the United States and Hungary. Recent presentations include sessions at the Midwest Clinic and the 2002 MENC Biennial National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention. Dorsey holds a number of professional memberships that include the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Dorsey is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.

The Cakewalkin' Jass Band:
The Cakewalkin' Jass Band (CJB) was organized in December of 1967. After playing three short night club jobs and one wedding, the band opened at Tony Packo's Cafe Wednesday, July 3, 1968. Eleven and one-half years later, the CJB was still packing them in every Friday and Saturday night at the Hungarian style restaurant.

On Friday May 9, 1980, the CJB began a new era in Toledo by opening at Lulu's Storyville Saloon in Old Towne at Southwyck Mall. Expanding to four nights (Wednesday through Saturday) the band played in a total New Orleans setting especially created for them - including three authentic Creole dishes.

Accommodating the will of the people of Toledo, the band returned to Tony Packo's Friday, August 21, 1981. The Cafe has remodeled the rest rooms, added another room to handle the large crowds, and converted a back room to a balcony.

Starting out as a four piece group with banjo, drums, piano, and clarinet, the band expanded after beginning at Packo's to include cornet, trombone, tuba and/or sting bass. The size of the band has been four, five, six, seven, six, back to seven and now eight persons. Presently, the instrumentation is banjo, string bass, piano, cornet, clarinet, drums, trombone, and vocalist with eight members. Over the years, there has been 27 full time musicians and about 27 often used substitutes in the CJB.

The Pride of Toledo Sweet Adelines:
The Pride of Toledo Chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International. We sing four-part barbershop harmony, a style of a cappella or unaccompanied vocal music. The four parts are: the lead (sings the melody), the tenor (harmonizes above the melody), the bass (sings the lowest harmonizing notes), and the baritone (completes the chord, usually below the lead).

The Pride of Toledo Sweet Adeline Chorus was founded in 1986 with a commitment towards musical excellence. The chorus draws members from not only the Toledo area but from Port Clinton, Fremont, Tiffin, Pemberville, Upper Sandusky, Leipsic, Fort Wayne IN, Lansing, MI and even Pittsburgh, PA!

Pride’s members are from all walks of life – high school age to senior citizens – teachers, nurses, business professionals, business owners, wives, moms and sisters. Add to that a wonderful director, dedicated and talented coaches, emphasis on showmanship through choreography and bold and sparkly costumes. Our 70+ member chorus is eager to step up to the challenge of hard work and continue our championship accomplishments. And Yes, we have a lot of fun along the way!

Pride of Toledo is also very proud of a new endeavor, “Born To Be A Star” contest. This contest, hosted by Pride of Toledo, is for young women ages 13 to 19. Scholarships are awarded to the top five winners of the contest. To date, we have had two contests with over 50 young women contestants from area high schools and colleges and have awarded over $1,500 in scholarships. The next “Born To Be A Star” contest will be held in the Spring of 2010.

Master Director, Kay Seymour, conducts a high spirited rehearsal each week working on current music to keep the chorus top shelf and introducing new music for a well rounded repertoire suitable for anyone’s entertainment. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday at their very own “Pride” rehearsal site at 2530 Parkway Plaza in Maumee starting at 7:00 pm. Visitors are welcome.

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