Music at the Arboretum series starts May 31

Music at the Arboretum series starts May 31
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Music at the Arboretum is a summer concert series at Secrest Arboretum on Wooster’s Ohio State University campus, with free outdoor concerts scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16.

                        

Warm summer evenings, an outdoor venue and live music, it’s all in Wooster once again this summer for free.

Music at the Arboretum is a summer concert series at Secrest Arboretum on Wooster’s Ohio State University campus, with free outdoor concerts scheduled for May 31, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16.

The series, sponsored by Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach, is the brainchild of Thomas Sigel, the group’s founder and executive director. In its fourth year, it’s a collaboration between ORMACO, the Secrest Arboretum and Friends of the Arboretum.

Sigel had never heard of the Secrest Arboretum when a neighbor suggested he visit to get some landscaping ideas. While touring the grounds, he learned the amphitheater wasn’t being utilized. He suggested it would be a great setting for outdoor concerts, and the idea was born.

“The first season was a success, and we have continued to attract more concert lovers each year as word has spread about these outstanding concerts,” Sigel said. “Why travel to the big city, fight with traffic and parking when you can enjoy top-notch professional music right in your own backyard?”

While the concerts are free, online sign-up is encouraged to help ORMACO plan seating, parking and more. Those attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and beverages (alcohol is not permitted).

Light snacks are available for purchase for $1, which benefits the nonprofit. Items for sale include soft drinks, water, cookies, candy and chips.

The Secrest Arboretum offers plenty of free parking. In the event of rain, concerts will be held inside at the nearby Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

The summer concert schedule includes the following:

—May 31: Alla Boara, reimagined Italian folk songs with added elements of modern jazz and world music.

—June 21: Erin Nicole Neal and the Chill Factors, blues, rock, pop, soul, jazz and funk.

—July 19: Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys, country, oldies, rock and blues covers.

—Aug. 16: Grady Miller, blues, Americana, country and bluegrass.

ORMACO is a nonprofit that makes music, arts and culture accessible to all, focusing on programming for underserved, disadvantaged and rural populations. Its ongoing programs include songwriting for at-risk youth and free after-school music lessons. Twice a year the group presents a weeklong residency called World Tour of Music, which culminates in a public concert, as well as additional free concert series presented through public libraries, a jazz under the stars summer series, and numerous day outings and trips.

The nonprofit also is able to assist in outreach programs and concerts for organizations and private events.

Volunteers are always needed for events, and donations are welcome. Donate online or with cash or check at events.

Find ORMACO online at www.ormaco.org and on Facebook. To be added to the weekly email list of activities, email Sigel at tsigel@ormaco.org. Call Sigel at 419-853-6016 to volunteer or for more information regarding donations.


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