Arts Week 2012 in Medina County

Arts Week 2012 in Medina County will feature 20 free concerts and children’s programs this year for children, adults and families.  The free evening concert programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night and are presented by the Medina County Arts Council with financial support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Medina County Community Fund of the Akron Community Foundation.

In Medina, the lunchtime arts programs for children will be held on Medina Square Monday through Friday, July 9 through July 13, and will begin at 12:30 p.m.  All programs are free.   The varied programs for children include: Monday, Theatre Games, presented by Michele Cotner; Tuesday, John Burke, Native American history; Wednesday, Kelly Parks, Dance; Thursday, Mike Harris, Music; Friday, Jane Magargee, Art.  If rain is a problem, some of the programs will be held at the Medina Library.  Call 330-722-5502 for information.

The four evening concerts for adults and families will begin on Monday evening, July 9, when Medina residents Dave Parsons and Dan Polk will appear with a program that features classic rock inspired by groups such as The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and Nash and others.  These Medina residents have regularly performed in area restaurants and night clubs for over 20 years. They have played at The Clevelander, in Downtown Cleveland, Around the Corner in Lakewood, The Mad Cactus in Midddleburg Heights,  and Don’s Pomeroy House in Strongsville, as well as at the Corkscrew in Medina.  Polk periodically sings the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field and for the Cincinnati baseball team.  Parsons leads a Christian Rock Band that plays in the Cleveland area and at Medina locations.

Tuesday will be Jazz night presented by a young Medina group called Jazz Tan Laundry.  The young Medina High School players are Conner Green, Daniel Pieto, Ryan Rose, and Ryan McMullen and have appeared as openers for many local events.  They have appeared at several ORMACO events on the Square.

Wednesday night, July 11,  brings Jim Gill and Cathy Miller to the Square. This Folk/Rock duo always delights audences.  Gill’s concerts include not only vocals and guitar, but hilarious stories culled from his childhood and family life.  Fiddler Cathy Miller has been performing with Gill since they met at a concert in July of 2010. Miller brings a wealth of talent and experience to the programs. She graduated from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and she also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Audiences find that one of the most delightful aspects of this duo’s presentations are their arresting vocal harmonies.

The concert on Thursday night will be Conrad and Karen Hornung, who perform traditional and contemporary American and German music based on a wide variety of musical and acting experiences both of them bring to the stage.  Conrad performed in his father’s band “The Hornung Trio.”  He also performed in the all German theater at the Donauschwaben’s German American Cultural Center in Olmsted Township.  Karen sang with the Harry Hershey Orchestra of Cleveland in the mid 80’s and was the lead singer of “Special Request,” an all occasion band.  Locally, she performed in the Musical Review “The Melody Lingers On” for Brunswick ACT theatre and in a CAMEO musical production in Medina.  They call their group “Grenzenlos.”  They live in Brunswick.

On Friday evening at 7:30, also on the Square, the Arts Council will sponsor its traditional Chalk Art for Children. There will be a table in the park where  children may get instructions and free chalk to draw on the sidewalks around the Square. Arts Week Committee Co-chair, Jim Gilder will host the Chalk Art program which will precede the regular Friday night concert of the Medina Community Band which begins at 8:30 p.m.

In Brunswick, Valley City, and Sharon Center

Evening concerts will also be held at 7:30 on Thursday, July 12 at Mill Stream Park in Valley City, and at the Sharon Center Circle.  In Brunswick, there will be concerts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 and art programs for children every day of the week at the Rec Center at 12:30 p.m.

Detailed information on Arts Week programs is available on the internet at MedinaArtBuzz.blogspot.com.

Above submitted by Medina County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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