Published Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:00 pm
The Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet announced today that all performances and events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, through June 6, 2020, will be cancelled due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order effective through May 1, 2020 and continuing social distancing recommendations. Ticket holders may contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate the value of their tickets to the organization or request a refund.
“On behalf of the musicians, dancers, teachers, staff, and trustees of the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet, thank you for your patience and understanding at this time,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO. “Thank you for the generosity that so many of you have shown us and please encourage others to continue supporting our organization at this critical time.”
Despite cancellations, both organizations have turned to alternative ways to deliver programs. On March 13th, the Toledo Symphony livestreamed its Masterworks performance from the Peristyle. Archival performances from the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet are now broadcasted on WGTE Presents: TSO in HD, on Channel 30 and other local WGTE television stations on Sundays at 6PM, now through May 17th. Toledo Symphony musicians are Sharing Music While in Isolation on Toledo Symphony social media pages by self-recording intimate, at-home performances of music they love. Michael Lang, Resident Choreographer for the Toledo Ballet, has provided meditation and Qigong Facebook Live sessions. New episodes of the award-winning Toledo SymphonyLab podcast continue to air on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM on FM91, and all previously aired and extended episodes can be found online or on Apple podcast.
Private lessons and classes for both organizations have moved online as well. The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony School of Music have pivoted to a purely virtual model.
“Our teachers and staff across the board have worked tirelessly to continue lessons,” says Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director of the Toledo Ballet. “We are all searching for stability and hope during this time, and schedules, routine, and familiar smiling faces all provide comfort to parents and students alike. We need the arts now more than ever for our physical and mental well-being, and we are happy to continue providing those services.”
In addition to virtual lessons, a collection of educational activities for students of all ages has been specially curated, and Toledo Symphony Music Director Alain Trudel invites former band and orchestra musicians to dust off their instruments and Play With Alain. Designed for instrumentalists at different ability levels, this interactive project allows anyone to perform alongside one of the world’s greatest trombonists right at home.
“We are all incredibly proud of the work we have done over the past month,” continues Vassar. “These virtual performances, activities, and archival broadcasts will have to sustain us for a while until we can be together in-person again.”
Vassar adds, “Thank you to everyone in our community for continued support for Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet. The Toledo community has always been resilient during tough times, and the people who make up this great place inspire us to continue creating new and innovative ways to connect. Until we meet in-person again, please take care, be safe. We can’t wait to see you when it is safe to do so.”
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TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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-nine professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.
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. 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.
Toledo Ballet is a pre-professional dance company that inspires the passions and spirit of the Toledo community through dance. Under the artistic leadership of Artistic Director Lisa Mayer-Lang and Resident Choreographer Michael Lang, the Toledo Ballet provides quality dance instruction and exceptional performance opportunities to over 250 students throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan annually.
Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, Toledo Ballet continues to offer quality dance education that span all ages and ability levels. Classes include ballet, contemporary, tap, tumbling, and Adaptive Dance, a unique class providing those with special needs an opportunity to learn to move in ways that come naturally to them. Acting, voice, musical theater, and conditioning (TRX, Pilates) are also offered at the school. In addition, Toledo Ballet brings in world-renowned, professional dancers each year to lead its summer intensive programs, drawing students from across the region seeking to advance their skills.
Toledo Ballet students have competed at the national and international level, including the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest international student ballet competition, and many have pursued dance professionally at some of the most prestigious ballet institutions in the nation, including New York City Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet.
TOLEDO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (TAPA)
Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet are the region’s oldest performing arts institutions. On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. For more information, please visit www.artstoledo.com.