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Published: Thursday, 6/20/2013

New concert series kicks off Sunday

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE
Violinist Merwin Siu and other members of the Toledo Symphony String Quartet will perform Sunday at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg. Violinist Merwin Siu and other members of the Toledo Symphony String Quartet will perform Sunday at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg.
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The first concert in the new collaborative series, Simple Gifts, is to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the 577 Foundation, the garden and arts center on the 12-acre former Stranahan estate at 577 East Front St., Perrysburg.

Created out of a joint venture between the Toledo Symphony and the Black Swamp Conservancy with funding from local sources and the National Endowment for the Arts, the series seeks to present live music in living settings starting Sunday and continuing well into 2014.

Sunday’s event will feature the Toledo Symphony String Quartet: violinists Merwin Siu and Cheryl Trace, violist Reed Anderson, and cellist Robert Clemens. Their program will comprise music by Copland, Dvorak, Ives, Higdon, and others, works selected to reflect the composers’ inspiration by the natural world.

The concert is free to the public but tickets are required for each of the 200 seats. The Toledo Symphony, which was distributing tickets, says all have been claimed. Anyone who has requested and received a ticket and cannot use it is urged to call the TSO ticket office, 419-246-8000, to release it so someone else may attend.



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