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Polish American Cultural Center Art/Craft Show

Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Polish American Cultural Center Art/Craft Show The show runs from 10am to 3pm and will feature local artists and craftspeople along with delicious homemade ethnic foods prepared by the club members. Lunch is available from 11am – 2pm. Admission to the art show is free. 6501 Lansing Avenue (Slavic Village) Cleveland, OH 44105

Location: 6501 Lansing Ave., Clevelabd
Sponsored By: Northcoast Promotions, Inc.

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEROIN: A Public Forum

Sunday, May 22, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Heroin use is at epidemic proportions. Join us at this free community action event to learn about heroin. What is it? Who uses it? What are the risks? What is it called? What is Narcan? How does it work? Judge Joan Synenberg, Drug Courts for Cuyahoga County and Tom Gilson, MD, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Office, share their expertise, the effect of heroin on the community and the family, and what to signs to look for in a user.

Location: 6330 Ridge Road, Parma, OH
Sponsored By: Ridgewood Church and Boy Scout Troop 372

Jazz under the Stars: Moustache Yourself (Gypsy Jazz)

Saturday, June 4, 7 - 9 p.m.

ORMACO opens the sixth season of Jazz under the Stars with the unique sounds of Moustache Yourself. This Akron-based quartet features Jeremy Jones (guitar), Brent Hamker (guitar), Brad Wagner (woodwinds), and Matthew DeRubertis (double bass) as they render the French gypsy style music of famous guitarist Django Reinhardt. Bring your lawn chairs, the family, picnics and blankets and enjoy an evening of groovy, moody and swinging music! In the event of rain the performance will held at 217 East Liberty Street at United Church of Christ in Medina, Oh 44256.

Location: Uptown Park, Medina, Ohio, 44256
Sponsored By: ORMACO

Opera under the Stars: An Evening of Opera and Light Opera Favorites

Saturday, June 18, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Join ORMACO and members of the Cleveland Opera Theater (TBA) as they bring for the first time opera and light opera favorites to Medina’s Uptown Park. Pack a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this FREE concert. In the event of rain the concert will be held at The First Congregational Church, 217 E. Liberty Street, Medina. NOTE: There will be a VIP Dinner at The Main Street Cafe starting at 6pm, with special front row seating at the gazebo. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased directly from The Cleveland Opera Theater. Phone 440-285-1874 to make your reservation. Seating is limited.

Location: Uptown Park, Medina, Ohio, 44256
Sponsored By: ORMACO

Jazz Under the Stars: Matt Segall Quartet

Saturday, July 9, 7 - 9 p.m.

Jazz Under the Stars continues with the Matt Segall Quartet. Segall is a saxophonist and composer from Palo Alto, California. He began his musical studies on the piano at 8. Settling on the tenor saxophone at 12, he began to take an active interest in composition and improvisation. Segall is a graduate of Oberlin’s Double Degree program studying under Gary Bartz. Matt has been an active member of the jazz scene in the San Francisco Bay Area since the age of 16, performing with artists such as Patrick Wolff, Erik Jekabson, Brandon Etzler, Gene Lake, Adam Benjamin, Jeff Clayton, Wayne Wallace, The Stanford Jazz Orchestra, and the SFJazz High School All-Stars. Segall has studied with Walter Smith III, Patrick Wolff, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage and Gordon Fels. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, the family, and a picnic to enjoy this free performance. In the event of rain the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ at 217 East Liberty Street Medina, OH, 44256. For more information please visit www.ormaco.org. Matthew Segall croons jazz standards on the sax.

Location: Uptown Park, Medina, Ohio, 44256
Sponsored By: ORMACO

Jazz Under the Starts: Tim Akin and Friends

Saturday, August 6, 7 - 9 p.m.

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its 2016 Jazz under the Stars concert series on August 6, 2016 at 7pm at Medina’s Uptown Park with Tim Akin (bass) and Friends playing tunes from the American Songbook. Tim is a Keyboard, Bass and vocalist musician based out of Hudson Ohio. With his rock background, Tim has been apart of multiple bands now including Akin for Jazz, which has been performing since August 2005. Tim studied music at The University of Akron. Bring your lawn chairs, family, picnics and blankets and sit back and enjoy this top-notch concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ, 217 East Liberty Street, Medina. For more information please visit www.ormaco.org. Enjoy sounds of the American Songbook and more with Tim Akin and Friends.

Location: Uptown Park, Medina, Ohio, 44256
Sponsored By: ORMACO

Jazz Under the Stars: Mojo: The Generation’s Big Band (Matt Bott, Trumpet)

Saturday, August 27, 7 - 9 p.m.

Rounding out the Jazz Under the Stars 2016 season is Mojo: The Generation’s Big Band, bringing together seasoned veterans, and the ambitious understudies of America’s native art form, jazz. Led by Cleveland based trumpeter, Matthew Bott, Mojo specializes in swinging the standards of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Illinois Jacquet, and the premier writers of today. Mojo is dedicated to performing the classic literature of big band’s vibrant history, and exposing today’s up and coming arrangers. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic and see what the commotion is about. In the event of rain the concert will be held at the United Church of Christ at 217 East Liberty Street Medina, OH, 44256. For more information please visit www.ormaco.org. MoJo is Chris Anderson (trombone), Dan Hernandez (drums), Kip Reed (bass guitar), Ki Allen (vocalist), Matt Bott (trumpet), and Tom First (Saxophone)

Location: Uptown Park, Medina, Ohio, 44256
Sponsored By: ORMACO

Harmonia: An Evening of Central European and Gypsy Music

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7 - 9 p.m.

Join ORMACO as they present the acclaimed group Harmonia in an evening of Gypsy, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn music. Performing on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the century East-European Gypsy bands, their music is drawn from both the urban and rural traditions of Eastern-Europe. The ensemble’s performances evoke the full range of human emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning. They have been called “obscenely talented” by the Folklore society of Washington D.C. and “a musical gem” by National Public Radio. The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia they have found a common musical language. Harmonia brings to the concert stage the vitality and excitement of ethnic weddings, celebrations, and smoky cafés that inspired composers such as Bartok, Brahms and Lizst. Whether performing in these traditional settings or in concert halls, Harmonia’s members stay close to their roots. The six-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, panflute, and cimbalom (the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer). Capturing the emotion, depth, fire and passion of Eastern Europe; Harmonia’s rhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds, finding a common musical language in Harmonia. Their technical brilliance only adds to Harmonia’s breathtaking performances – dizzying cimbalom solos coupled with soaring violin lines, haunting flute and accordion solos and soulful vocals – are a joy by any standard. In addition to being polished performers, Harmonia’s members are adept at explaining their music and culture – the ensemble is equally at home on the concert stage and in academic or workshop settings. The performance is free, but advanced registration is recommended. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Location: 629 North Main Street, Wellington, Ohio
Sponsored By: ORMACO