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Published 8/26/2003
National, Local Community and Student Performers Scheduled at Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts will raise the curtain on its inaugural season with an array of events scheduled throughout the 2003-2004 academic year. Music, dance and theatre artists from the Midwest and around the world will perform in a mixed season of events, which also will be highlighted by local community and student productions and presentations.

A foot-stomping blend of two-beat Dixieland melody and improvised jazz will bring the first-ever Center for Fine and Performing Arts audience to its feet as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes to the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 26. Touring for more than 25 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will intermix contemporary styles of improvisation with traditional favorites: "Basin Street Blues", "I Ain't Got Nobody" and "When the Saints Come Marching In".

The diverse season also includes a mini series of female performers and Ohio artists. Highlighting the performance schedule for the coming year is the Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, which will appear on January 31. Other local and national artists performing at the Center will include Turtle Island String Quartet (February 8), Sean Curran Company (February 14) and Mad River Theatre Works (April 3). Cherish the Ladies (March 12) and the Chenille Sisters (May 8) are all-female ensembles scheduled to take Owens' Mainstage Theatre.

"Owens Community College is honored to welcome such a variety of diverse artistic performances to kick-off the inaugural year within the Center for Fine and Performing Arts," said Amanda Long, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "Not only will the Center offer a rich educational component for Owens students, but it also will serve as a venue for both the College and the community to come together through the arts."

According to Long, Owens Fine and Performing Arts students also will have the chance to interact with the artists while they are performing at the College. "Workshops, master classes and receptions are a few of the enriched learning opportunities that students will be able to take advantage of throughout the academic year."

Community arts events also will highlight the 2003-2004 season as Owens collaborates with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Ballet to co-present a number of performing arts events. The Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra will present several concerts throughout the season, while the Masterworks Chorale and the Toledo Ballet will co-produce Faure's "Requiem" and the "Misa Kenya".

Owens students will showcase their theatrical talents as part of the College 's production season. Among the performances will include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (October 17 - November 8), "Black Nativity" (December 4-9), "The Laramie Project" (February 20-28) and the "Canterbury Tales" (April 9-24). Auditions throughout the production season are open to the public.

All Performing Arts Events will occur in Owens' Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. For additional information about the College's 2003-2004 Arts Presenting Season schedule, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS or (567) 661-2787.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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