Hot Glass Cool Music 2016

Published Friday, September 9, 2016

A collaborative event celebrating creativity

in music and glass in Toledo

September-October 2016


The Arts Commission and Toledo Symphony, joined by Hot Glass | Cool Music Honorary Chair Randy Oostra, invite you to join us in a series of events to honor the artistic and musical talent of our community.  As in years past, the Hot Glass Gala and Auction exhibits some of the world’s most talented studio glass artists, as well as introducing the “up and coming” talent in the field.  This year, The Toledo Symphony joins The Arts Commission to connect all things music with all things glass celebrating Toledo’s heritage as the Glass City, highlighting its history as the birthplace of the studio glass movement, and connecting that history to its equally rich musical legacy.  Proceeds benefit the programming and services of The Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony. 




Tickets for all HG|CM signature events available at or by calling the box office at 419.246.8000


Hot Shots!

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 6PM, Edison Building

Tickets $35 per person.

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Hot Shots returns! This intoxicating event is created for those new to glass. Hot Shots is an opportunity to preview glass, engage in food and bourbon tastings, and hear the musicians of the Toledo Symphony play music inspired by the Hot Glass exhibition.  Fourteen local glassblowers have worked with local bartenders and venues to create signature vessels that reflect the character and flavor of the venues.  The public may view the vessels on September 15 at the represented venues during the ArtLoop and vote on a People’s Choice award. The vessels will be auctioned at Hot Shots. Over 21 only. Free parking in the Edison Building garage.


“Murder Set in Glass” Murder Mystery

Thursday, October 6, 6PM, Toledo Club

Tickets $25.

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Can you figure out the culprit? The storied Toledo Club is the setting for this original murder mystery experience! Join our host Lord Chauncy Cholmondley-Blackstone, his former servant turned Libbey Glass employee, and the world’s largest piece of cut glass.   This and interactive event promises intrigue, fun, and exploration of the Toledo Club in all her glory.  The “who dun it” is set in 1905 so time period costumes are encouraged, but not required. Bring a team or join one at the party. Ticket price includes lite bites and a cocktail.


Toledo Symphony Presents “Heroes” Symphony

Thursday, October 13, 7PM, Valentine Theatre

Tickets $30 (Student $10).

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“It was as though Philip [Glass] had fed into my voice…but somehow had arrived a lot nearer to the gutfeeling of what I was trying to do.” – David Bowie on Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes”.


David Bowie’s combined influences from world music, experimental avant-garde and rock and roll, redefined the future of popular music and served as an inspiration and point of departure for composer Philip Glass. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra performs Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 4, “Heroes” accompanied by a high-resolution film above the orchestra depicting the lifecycle of a blown glass vessel inspired by the music. Embracing the tradition of blown glass in Toledo, this captivating multimedia presentation showcases glass artists of Gathered Glassblowing Studio. The vessel will be auctioned off following the performance.


Pre-concert entertainment features BGSU music composition students and glass artists in a unique Hot Glass | Cool Music collaboration between BGSU music and glass students. Composition students will perform on glass instruments made by the BGSU fine arts department.


Hot Glass Gala Auction

Thursday, October 20, 6PM, Edison Building

Tickets $85  

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The Hot Glass Gala Auction once again assembles the works of established glass artists and emerging artists in one place to showcase the variety and possibilities of this art form. Over 100 works by 90 or more artists will be on display from September 15-October 20, with the final auction to be held on October 20. The gala auction evening includes heavy grazing, performances by Toledo Symphony musicians, and a live auction of the most popular works in the exhibition. Free parking in the Edison Building garage. Catering by Cynthia’s Catering. Cash Bar. Chairs: Diane Phillips, Gail Zimmerman, and Robert Zollweg.





HOT GLASS | COOL MUSIC encompasses many music and glass-related events in September and October 2016. Please check back frequently for updates to this list.  There may be additional charges to participate. The Arts Commission and Toledo Symphony recommend checking host organization websites or calling venues to confirm details.

Dress to the NINE’s – Your Way, September 9, 6PM, Hensville Park: Hot Glass | Cool Music kicks off at Hensville on Friday, September 9, with the first annual Dress to the NINE’s – Your Way.  NINE at Hensville will host this premier block party that will feature 9 performance areas with 9 different themes  – all for $9!  The event will showcase local musical acts on six different stages plus live glassblowing, flameworking and an interactive mosaic demonstration at three separate performance areas. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will headline the entertainment lineup with a live concert at the Hensville Park main stage at 8 p.m. $5 of each ticket sold in advance by The Arts Commission or Toledo Symphony will benefit the selling organization.  Visit or for more information.

Hot Glass Exhibition Opening Reception, September 15, 5:30 PM, Edison Building, held in conjunction with ArtLoop. Free parking in the Edison Building Garage.

Hot Glass Gallery, Open Daily, 10AM-5PM, September 15-October 20, Edison Building.  Tours available for groups of 10 or more by special to schedule.


River House Arts presents HUSH-ex with artworks by Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius and Sharyn O'Mara.  Exhibition runs September 15 - October 22, 2016, at 425 Jefferson Avenue. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 6PM. Working over the course of nearly two years, the artists, who are also colleagues on the glass faculty at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, have been creating visually and conceptually diverse works in glass as well as installations, sculptures and drawings.  


Toledo Lucas County Public Library Main Library, 325 Michigan, welcomes the public to view its own glass treasures during regular business hours.  A Dale Chihuly sculpture titled Reeds can be seen on the first-floor Wintergarden area. A black marble plinth with a wood underbelly supports 23 red glass spikes ranging from 3-8 feet tall.  The library is also home to a Vitrolite mural highlighting the various fields of knowledge and literary characters.


Glass Pavilion Anniversary Book Premiere, September 17, Toledo Museum of Art.


Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections, Exhibition close, September 18, Toledo Museum of Art,


Toledo Symphony Chamber Concert Shakespeare Under Glass, September 18, 7PM, Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon. For tickets 419.246.8000 or


Friends of Bowling Green State University faculty, alumni, students, and community show, curated by Loraine Reutz.  Show will run September 27-October 22, Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood, Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM.


Toledo Stained Glass Guild, October 1, 11AM-6PM, Toledo Botanical Gardens, 5403 Elmer Drive, Studio #2, Toledo.


Hot Shots, October 1, 6PM, Edison Building, 300 Madison. Tickets $35: 419.246.8000 or


Bowling Green State University faculty, alumni, and student show, curated by Loraine Reutz, Show will run through October 23. Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood, Suite 120.


Murder Set in Glass” Murder Mystery, October 6, 6PM, Toledo Club.  $25 tickets include lite bites and a cocktail.


Firenation Pumpkin Blow, October 7, 6PM, 7166 Front Street, Holland, OH.


Toledo Symphony Presents Heroes Symphony, October 13, 7PM Valentine Theatre. Tickets $30 (Student $10).


Schmidt Messenger Studio Open House, October 14, 4PM, and October 15, 10AM. The gallery features the work of Shawn Messenger, Jack Schmidt, Ian Schmidt and Tim Stover. 340 Morris Street, Toledo.


Hot Glass Gala Auction, October 20, Edison Building, 300 Madison, 6PM. Tickets: $85.


Gathered Glassblowing Studio featuring Julia and Robin Rogers, October 21. 


Glass Fashion Show Gala, October 22, Toledo Museum of Art.


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HOT GLASS | COOL MUSIC is generously supported by the following: ProMedica, University of Toledo, Huntington Bank, Key Bank, Fifth-Third Bank, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Owens-Corning, PNC Bank, Toledo MetroParks, Ohio Arts Council, and Toledo Blade.





Since the early 1990’s, The Arts Commission has hosted Hot Glass, a gala auction event that gathers original creations of leading glass artists from around the world. Presently, the biennial event raises more than $50,000 to benefit The Arts Commission activities and programs, paying more than $70,000 to artists for their works. Last year, ProMedica lead the collaborative fundrais­ing event, Chefs Uncorked, which raised funds for ProMedica pro­grams, The Arts Commission and Toledo Symphony. This year, Pro­Medica has committed to lend its support to the Hot Glass | Cool Music collaboration, as an outgrowth of the Chefs collaboration, and to advocate and support a larger community celebration of cre­ative activity in the arts in 2017.


In 1962, local artists, working with corporate partners, successfully put into use the first glass furnace for individual artists on the Tole­do Museum of Art campus, giving birth to the Studio Glass Move­ment. In 2006, the Toledo Muse­um of Art Glass Pavilion opened to honor Toledo’s glass legacy and heritage. The community will celebrate the 10th anniversary of this architectural icon in 2016. 


The birthplace of jazz pianist Art Tatum, and legendary singers Anita Baker and Jon Hendricks, Toledo has also hosted performances by iconic musicians including Igor Stravinsky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, and Aretha Franklin.  Established in 1943, the Toledo Symphony has constantly aimed to bring excellent music to the largest possible audience, and was honored as one of the six invited orchestras for Carnegie Hall’s inaugural Spring for Music Festival.  Though it makes its home at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theatre, each season features numerous performances in venues throughout the Northwest Ohio region, exemplifying its commitment to be the region’s most prominent and accessible musical institution.  The Symphony enters the 2016/17 season under the leadership of incoming President/CEO Zak Vassar.





The Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony, with support from ProMedica, will create an annual, multi-day event, celebrat­ing Toledo’s heritage as the Glass City, especially as the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement. In 2016, The Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony ex­pand on The Arts Commission’s historically successful Hot Glass fundraising event with a series of events, September to Octo­ber, culminating in the Hot Glass/Cool Music gala auction event. In 2017, the event will expand to a community celebration on Sum­mit Street, connected to the waterfront, highlighting original works of art in glass and music, and offering significant awards to artists for creative works and activities in both areas.

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