The Toledo Symphony Orchestra Performs New Downtown Series at the Valentine Theatre

Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:00 am

On Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2 PM, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) kicks off its first Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon concert downtown at the Valentine Theatre. The TSO reunites with pianist Ran Dank to perform Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 composed in the wake of Soviet government censorship. The program also features Mozart’s famous Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and closes with the last symphonic composition of his illustrious career, the Jupiter Symphony.

“Loyal concertgoers may remember pianist Ran Dank and his inspired performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in March 2017,” said Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “We are excited to welcome Ran back for the wonderful Piano Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich!”

Ran Dank is known for his technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry, musicality, and pianism. A recipient of numerous honors, Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists’ roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut. He is a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Naumburg International Piano Competition, Sydney International Piano Competition, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and was the First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Juilliard School, Dank has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Ursula Oppens, and Robert McDonald.

The TSO’s new Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon series consists of four uniquely crafted programs that combine Mozart’s best works and masterpieces from the 20th century in a matinee format downtown at the Valentine Theatre.

“We are excited to celebrate a new venue for our Mozart series,” said Vassar. “The historic Valentine Theatre provides easy access for our patrons and offers many new vantage points into the orchestra. We hope that our wonderful patrons will embrace the many restaurants near the Valentine Theatre for a pre-concert lunch or early dinner following the performance.”

The TSO’s first Mozart in the Afternoon series concert, Jupiter, will take place Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2 PM at the Valentine Theatre. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.


The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported organization of professional musicians and teachers who deliver quality performance and music education for all.

Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-five professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands. This year, the Toledo Symphony celebrates 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. Additionally, Music Under the Stars, a free summer band concert series, is held annually at the Toledo Zoo. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation.

The Toledo Symphony is a member of the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA).


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