Fayettes Artist Series announced 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

Five concerts are scheduled for the 39th annual Fayette Artist Series at the Opera House. This year’s programming shows an emphasis on jazz.

The series opens Oct. 15 with a return visit from one of northwest Ohio’s flagship ensembles, the Cakewalking Jass Band.

The group has entertained fans from throughout the region for the past six decades. Mississippi Rag wrote of the ensemble, “Whether the appeal is to fellow musicians wanting to join in the fun or to ecstatic listeners, the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band has a magnetism that both derives from and also transcends the appeal of traditional jazz.”

• On Nov. 5, the jazz experience continues with a visit from the Schoolcraft College Jazz Band. The lively group is affiliated with Schoolcraft Community College of Livonia, Mich.

• A Valentine’s Day concert is scheduled Feb. 11 with the string duo Tapestry. The Toledo based group features harpist Denise Grupp-Verbon and acoustic guitarist Michael Grupp-Verbon. The pair has created a distinctive sound and performs a range of music from celtic and folk to pop, classical and more. The Toledo Blade wrote, “It’s sometimes uncanny how much depth they can wring out of the marriage of just two instruments.”

• On March 10, Opera House audiences will be introduced to Ann Arbor’s, “Mustard’s Retreat.“ The folk duo has traveled from coast to coast and has delighted audiences of all ages with its original scores. Rich Warren, on-air personality for The Midnight Special on WFMT, Chicago, wrote: “Mustard’s Retreat performs for the pure joy of it...infectious; never derivative...a simplicity in their music and performance that is rare and timeless... there are people who do this professionally and competently. Mustard’s Retreat takes it to the next level.” 

• The final performance of the Artist Series is scheduled April 14 with a return visit by Wes Linenkugel & Friends. Linenkugel is widely acclaimed as one of Ohio’s premier hammered dulcimer performers and has toured extensively throughout the region.

All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings in Fayette’s Historic Opera House. In keeping with tradition, each concert is followed by a reception, with refreshments provided.

General admission tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling the Fayette Opera House at 419/237-3111.  Leave your name, phone number and address and a box office representative will return your call. 

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