Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of keeping the public safe, Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) will be live-streaming its Jazz/Opera under the Stars summer concert series. ORMACO Executive Director Thomas Sigel said that he is disappointed as this summer marks the tenth consecutive season of this special concert series that draws hundreds to Medina's Uptown Park. However, Sigel said, “The show must go on. We do not want to disappoint our loyal patrons. Thanks to technology we still will be able to offer these outstanding professional concerts, which people can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.”
Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said of the concert series, “We are living in different times. Public safety needs to remain at the forefront.”
The series opens on June 6 with the Akron-based Joe Leaman trio. Akron-based Leaman is an in-demand pianist, percussionist and instructor. He also teaches steel drum in conjunction with ORMACO and the Medina County Police Activities League.
Members of the Cleveland Opera Theater return for the fifth year on June 20 with opera and light opera favorites.
Akron-based ensemble, Open Spaces Trio will be the featured ensemble on July 11. The group draws from a diverse repertoire of jazz, Americana, rock folk and other genres. Brent Hamker’s vibrant guitar solos, Matthew DeRubertis’s atmospheric bass sounds and Holbrook Riles III’s masterful drumming craft whatever song they’ve chosen to play into a sonic journey.
On August 1, Cleveland-based Nick Puin Band will present tunes influenced by music powerhouses such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Mel Torme. Members include Dave Zamos (piano), Jim Noel (sax), Steve Stanziano (bass0, Karen Casey (vocals) and Nick Puin (drums).
The series wraps up on August 22 with the Medina-based Ryun Louie Jazz Ensemble, back by popular demand. No stranger to the jazz scene, Louie has performed for audiences on the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Breintz Jazz Festival, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Park City Jazz Festival and the Art and Edison Farmer Memorial Jazz Festival. He has performed with jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Dick Oates, Greg Gizbert, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Findley, Tom Garvin, Ira Nepus and Matt Wallis.
To enjoy the live stream concerts, log in at https://www.facebook.com/Ormaco.Inc/. All concerts begin at 7 pm. To date, the series is made possible with generous underwriting from Richard and Tammy Kirby, The Medina County Visitors and Convention Bureau, The Ohio Arts Council and William Allman. The concert series still is not fully funded so sponsorship/underwriting opportunities are available. Individual donations are also welcome. ORMACO is a mostly volunteer nonprofit with the mission of making music, arts and culture accessible to all, with a focus on underserved, disadvantaged and rural populations. To learn more visit www.ormaco.org or call 330-722-2541.