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Music Notes: April 2023

Polka Days and Polka Nights

Holy Toledo Polka Days is a long weekend celebration of one of the midwest’s favorite traditional music styles. Founded in 2005, Holy Toledo Polka Days is a destination festival for polka fans across the USA and Canada. This year the festival runs from Thursday, April 13 to Sunday, April 16 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Ballroom in Perrysburg, 27355 Carronade Dr., with multiple concerts, events and venues. 

Individual daily admission will be sold at the door, ranging from $10-$25 per adult. Teenagers (ages 13-18) $10 per day. Children (12 and under) are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. A two-day ballroom pass for Friday and Saturday can be purchased on the festival website for $45 per person. Complete event schedule and other information at holytoledopolkadays.com 

Djangophonique’s Captivating Energy at Lucille’s

Djangophonique plays its glimmering melodies on Saturday, April 15 at 8pm at the intimate venue of Lucille’s Jazz Lounge. Djangophonique, a virtuosic, instrumentally driven acoustic jazz quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown,  is immersed in Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, which results in an alluring sound that can conjure a lively dance hall energy as easily as a reflective, thoughtful ballad. Doors at 7:15pm, showtime at 8pm. $8 for TolHouse members and $17 for non-members. Lucille’s Jazz Lounge. 1447 N. Summit, Toledo. lucillesjazzlounge.com

Art Songs

Though unfamiliar to many, the form of the Art Song offers a unique opportunity for composers to write for vocalists in a recital setting (usually with piano accompaniment) without requiring the trappings of a larger work. Each year, BGSU’s College of Musical Arts holds a competition for vocalists who perform Art Songs. Winners of the Dr Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition will perform a free recital at the Toledo Museum of Art. This year, the winners will perform in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery on Sunday, April 16 at 3pm. The concert is free and open to the public. 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. College of Musical Arts 419-372-2181. bgsu.edu/musical-arts


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