North Star Festival

Toledo, Ohio has a rich history as a safe haven along the Underground Railroad, a 19th century network that helped slaves escape to freedom. In this North Star Festival, we highlight our local heritage and celebrate the musical contribution of Black Americans throughout history from the 1850s to 1960s. We carefully curated this festival for you so you can experience the music behind the Black American story - from songs brought over to America during times of slavery to new music that pays tribute to the brave men and women of the Civil Rights Movement. 

North Star Festival Performances 


Classical Ellington

APRIL 20 & 21 │ 8:00 PM

Jazz takes center stage as we explore jazz and its roots in our community. Celebrate the orchestra world of band leader and pioneer Duke Ellington in his version of the Nutcracker and his own tone poem, Harlem. The TSO also presents two other jazz-inspired works: Paul Schoenfield’s magnificent Four Parables, a work the TSO premiered 35 years ago, and the world premiere of Alice Gomez’s Latin Jazz Suite. 


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Presented in collaboration with Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Lathrop House.

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