Mercy Health Presents Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo

Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:30 am

Music Under the Stars, presented by Mercy Health, with support from The Andersons and Taylor Automotive Group, is the perfect evening of family, music, and entertainment. This year, patriotic music and tunes from all your favorite John Williams movies are among the featured selections in the 2018 version of a Toledo tradition at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre.

The Toledo Symphony Chamber Players and Toledo Jazz Orchestra will join the Toledo Symphony Concert Band this series featuring musical ensembles of our community. All performances will be held at the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre at 7:30 PM. 

The themes for each concert are:

July 8 - Stars, Stripes, and Sousa with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band

July 15 - Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and Star Wars: The Music of John Williams with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band

July 22 - Christmas in July with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Players

July 29 - Swing, Swing, Swing: Music of the Big Band Stars with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra

“These concerts kick-off the 75-year celebration of this great city’s hometown orchestra,” said Keith McWatters, Orchestra Manager of the Toledo Symphony. “This year, the Toledo Symphony Concert Band is excited to share the stage with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Players and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra for a new concert experience! This summer’s Music Under the Stars concerts offer a variety of music for everyone.”

The title sponsor for this year’s Music Under the Stars is Mercy Health.

“Mercy Health believes in the health and wellbeing of our minds, bodies, and spirits, and I can’t think of a better way to heal all three than spending an evening outside at the Toledo Zoo with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band. Mercy Health is honored to once again help bring this free, family-oriented opportunity to our community,” said Bob Baxter, President and CEO of Mercy Health.

These events are free and open to the public. The Amphitheatre opens for seating at 6:30 PM. For non-zoo members, parking is $8.

“The Zoo is proud to continue being a part of Toledo’s favorite community collaborations, Symphony concerts in the Zoo’s Amphitheatre. These concerts are a tremendous example of the lasting impact two local, family-friendly organizations can create when they work together to educate and entertain our friends and neighbors,” said Shayla Bell Moriarty, Director of Communication at the Toledo Zoo.

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) will be offering its Music Under the Stars Shuttle once again for those wishing to participate in the Park-N-Ride service.

“Regional public transit provides personal, independent mobility, and enhances the lives of our citizens allowing for safe and affordable access to employment, education, shopping, medical and entertainment opportunities in the Toledo area,” said Steve Atkinson, TARTA marketing director.

Patrons are to arrive at any TARTA Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride location at 6:30 PM for a direct round trip ride to the Toledo Zoo’s Broadway entrance. Bus fare is $1.25 per person each way (60 cents for Seniors 65+ and Medicare cardholders) and is payable before each trip from the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre aboard shuttle. Return trips will leave 20 minutes after the end of each concert.

Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride locations are:

Maumee - St. Luke’s Hospital (5901 Monclova Road)

Sylvania - Centennial Terrance (main parking lot, 5773 Centennial Road)

Toledo - Franklin Park Mall (parking lot behind Old Navy; pick up at shelters on Royer Road)

Miracle Mile Shopping Center (near the shelter, 1727 West Laskey Road)

Waterville - Kroger (8730 Waterville Swanton Road)

The Toledo Symphony is a community-supported organization that is an exceptional musical presence for the region, creating a home for professional musicians and teachers who deliver outstanding performances and music education for all.

Now in its 75th Anniversary Season, the Toledo Symphony reaches more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of the orchestra’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 postal zip codes. The TSO has built a strong reputation nationally for its artistic excellence and community programming. Collaborative projects with community partners are also a hallmark of the TSO’s artistic work. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region. 

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