The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform “An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein” at The University of Findlay at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The performance is part of the University’s Concert and Lecture Series.
The concert is presented, in part, by special arrangement with the R&H Concert Library and through the generosity of Mariann Dana Younger.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Admission for UF undergraduate and graduate students is free, but a ticket is required. UF faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $15. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 419-434-5335 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concert will include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Edelweiss” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” among other audience favorites. Featured vocalists will be Lance Ashmore, baritone, and Emily Benner, soprano. Jeffrey Pollock will conduct the evening’s performance.
Pollock, in his third year as the resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, is responsible for the orchestra’s 50-plus community concerts, pops offerings and family events. This season, he is featured twice on the Toledo Symphony’s Mozart and More Series. Equally at home in the world of opera, he has worked for the Baltimore Opera Company, Opera Delaware and has led productions of “The Barber of Seville,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “Cavalleria Rusticana.”
Lance Ashmore is a member of the voice faculties at Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University and The University of Findlay. He has performed with the Cleveland Opera, Toledo Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Piccolo Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland. His repertoire includes leading roles in “Carmen,” “La Cenerentola,” “La Bohème,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “The Magic Flute,” “Patience” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Musical Theatre credits include “South Pacific” (Emile), “The Sound of Music” (Captain von Trapp), “Carousel” (Billy), “Kiss Me Kate” (Fred Graham), “The Secret Garden” (Archie), “Carnival” (Paul) and Yeston and Kopit’s “Phantom” (Erik).
Emily Benner began her career in Detroit where she debuted with the Michigan Opera Theatre as First Lady in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” With the Toledo Opera, she performed Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” the title role in Puccini’s “Tosca,” Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and the lead role in Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah.” Benner’s Ann Arbor performances include Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite” and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.” Her concert credits include the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.