Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin

Music at The Troy-Hayner Center

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with three diverse musical presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

Kicking things off on March 24 is jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The Cleveland native began her career singing in small clubs in 1980, but it didn’t take her long to make the big trek to the Big Apple, where she joined up with other jazz musicians. Her first recording contract with Novus/RCA Records resulted in five albums in three years. “Full Circle” is her most recent recording, and pairs her with saxophonist Don Braden.

Rubin is lauded as both a torchbearer and a storyteller. She brings a wealth of diverse influences to her vocal performances, from the Trinidadian/Caribbean roots of her mother, and traditional jazz by way of her Louisiana-born father. Her “a-ha” moment came during a college beauty pageant. Her first performance of a jazz evergreen, the Billie Holiday original “God Bless the Child,” garnered both rousing applause and the winning talent award. Most importantly though, it awakened what Rubin describes as “her calling.” “I fell in love with the moment, the music, the audience and the effect it had on them and me,” she remembers.

Vanessa Rubin will appear on March 24 at 7:00 p.m., with a pre-concert interview. More information about Ms. Rubin can be found at vanessarubin.com.

The Hayner switches gears on March 27 with its Drawing Room Chamber Series, featuring the music of Tutti Solisti. The name derives from an Italian phrase which means “a collection of soloists.” Each performer in the group is a soloist in their own right and takes the lead at some point in the performance. Tutti Solisti’s members are Miriam Kramer on violin, Deborah Kramer Netanel on cello, and Steven Aldridge
on piano.

Violinist Miriam Kramer has a wide standard repertoire ranging from Bach to Shostakovich, which she has performed in venues such as the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, London’s Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Palladium, and many others. Kramer has also appeared regularly on BBC Radio3, and her recording “The Violin Music of Ernest Bloch” won a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine, and was cited as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. For more information about Miriam Kramer, visit naxos.com.

Dr. Deborah Netanel is a cellist, composer, and pianist who holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Rubin Academy of Music, and the University of Cincinnati. Her areas of specialization are music, Jewish music, Judaic Studies, and Holocaust Studies. She is an acclaimed composer with recent debut performances in London and New York City. Dr. Netanel currently teaches Judaic Studies and Hebrew language at Rockwern Academy in Cincinnati. More details about Dr. Netanel’s work can be found at rockwernacademy.org.

Steven Arledge is a collaborative pianist and soloist as well as a gifted composer. In his early career, he made a name for himself in numerous national and international competitions such as the Joanna Hodges Competition, MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artists Piano Competition, Simone Blesky Award International Competition, and the MacMahon International Competition. His original compositions have been published by Lorenz Publishing, Soundforth, and Colla Voce Publishing. To learn more about Steven Arledge, visit people.wright.edu.

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center has been presenting the Drawing Room Chamber Series since 1998 as a way of providing the rich vocabulary of chamber music in a true chamber-type surrounding. It is presented on the last Tuesday of most months during the school year. The series is free.

Rounding things out on April 7 is violin virtuoso John Sullivan Kelly, a native of Dublin, Ireland. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States, working with many of Europe’s leading classical artists. In 1993, he was appointed CEO of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and over the next twenty years he developed it into one of Ireland’s leading cultural ambassadors.

The Troy-Hayner Center is located at 301 West Main St., Troy. Learn more about these and other upcoming events at TroyHayner.org, or by calling 937.339.0457.

Troy Main Street to host  annual Chocolate Walk

Friday, March 30 will be a very ‘sweet’ night in downtown Troy, as Troy Main Street hosts its second annual Chocolate Walk from 5:00-8:30pm. Participants are asked to start their scrumptious excursion on the first floor of 405 SW Public Square.

“We are so excited to host this event again,” said Nicole Loy, Executive Director of Troy Main Street. “Participants will have the opportunity to browse downtown stores while indulging in an array of chocolate treats.”

“This year, we have 23 businesses that are participating in the event,” she said. “Most of the chocolates are edible, but some are chocolate themed. Ruby’s Salon, for instance, is offering chocolate colored eyeshadow and lipstick in addition to a chocolate dessert. Towne Valley Gifts is handing out Brownies Crossroads candles, and the Mayflower Arts Center is giving away tickets to the Willy Wonka movie they are showing the next evening. Many of the businesses that are offering edible chocolate gifts are being very creative in making sure their chocolate treat centers around their respective
store’s theme.”

Tickets are still available for the Chocolate Walk. Anyone interesting in participating can call 937-339-5455 to order them by phone or stop by the Troy Main Street office at 405 SW Public Square Suite 231, Troy, Ohio.

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