NAPOLEON TOWNSHIP — The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will once again present a Christmas concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township, Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The church is located at 16976 County Road Q1, Napoleon.

This will be the eighth year St. Paul’s has hosted the orchestra in its sanctuary. The concert was started in order to provide a service to the community and bring the orchestra closer to home for area residents.

Planned for the event are a number of traditional Christmas songs and classical musical pieces. There will also be a Christmas carol sing-along.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Children 5 and younger are free. Call 419-758-3522 for ticket reservations or for more information.

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

The symphony conductor is Nadège Foofat, who is also a violinist, violist and advocate for innovation in thought, action, music and culture.

In April of 2018, Foofat made her conducting debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as one of six conductors selected from nearly 150 applicants for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, chosen on their “experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras” by the League of American Orchestras.

During the 2018-2019 season she will make her debuts with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Foofat holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from the Université de Montréal, a diploma in contemporary conducting from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School in viola performance.

Foofat has led violin and viola concertos from the instrument, performed on baroque viola, played in a Piazzola tango group, and improvised in a jazz-raga trio. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Banff Centre and MoMA summer music festivals.

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 22 part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs 65 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. The Toledo Symphony is a member of the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA).

(Information courtesy of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church/Toledo Symphony.)

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