FSO presents two unique concerts at Ernsthausen Center

Mar 15, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The Firelands Symphony Chorale returns to perform a variety of blues, jazz, and musical theatre pieces. (Photo by Doug Klein/Firelands Photography)

HURON – The Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) presents two concerts this month at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Dr., Norwalk.

On Sunday, March 19, the FSO presents their free annual family concert for all ages. The concert will feature the Firelands Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Carl Topilow), guest vocalist Connor Bogart O’Brien, and dancers from Murphy’s Irish Dancers.

The 4 p.m. concert will consist of family friendly programming with an Irish and Celtic musical theme. Expect traditional Irish folk songs, pop songs, and orchestral originals.

A few chorale members performing at their last concert. (Photo by Doug Klein/Firelands Photography)

At 3 p.m., before the concert, children and families can enjoy hands on musical activities, including making their own instruments, coloring, an over the rainbow bean bag toss, an Irish instrument display, and green beans necklaces for the young lads and lasses.

This concert is completely free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of: Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, Geotrac Foundation, Huron County Community Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council.

On Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. the FSO Chorale, under the direction of Michael Shirtz, will perform “Artistry in Rhythm”. This unique chorale concert will feature music from a variety of styles. The performance includes selections from the greatest jazz standards, blues musicians, Broadway smash hits, and other singer-songwriters from the golden ages of music.

The family concert will feature pre-concert activities for children and families. (Photo by Doug Klein/Firelands Photography)

Hear hits from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington, plus Broadway smash hits, including a medley of songs from “West Side Story” and various Stephen Sondheim musicals, all performed live by your Firelands Symphony Chorale.

The concert will also feature guest soloists from Heidelberg University School of Music & Theatre students Elayna Brock and Kamryn Mohney. The concert will also be narrated by William Barrett.

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