Briefs: Heisey Wind Ensemble returns Saturday

Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas concert this weekend

NEWARK — The Heisey Wind Ensemble returns to the stage following a near two-year absence due to COVID-19 for the traditional Christmas at the Reese Center, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The concert will be at the John W. Alford Performing Arts Hall in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Newark campus of Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College. All those attending the concert will be required to wear face masks while inside the Reese Center.

Russel Mikkelson, music director and conductor, begins his 20th year with the Heisey Wind Ensemble. He has selected a wide variety of holiday favorites, including, "A Most Wonderful Christmas," "Mary Did You Know?" and "O Holy Night" with vocalist Thomas Petrushka, "Christmas Toons" by Julie Giroux, and a band with narration of the classic "The Night Before Christmas."

Daniel Farr, a graduate conducting major at Ohio State University, will serve as narrator.

The second half will open with Josh Reynolds, also a graduate conducting major at Ohio State University, conducting Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys.” The concert continues with Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music.” As is tradition, there will be an audience sing-along and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

Additional concerts for the Heisey Wind Ensemble's 37th season will be Feb. 22 and April 30, the Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band on May 21 and the Newark Independence Day Celebration on July 3. Non-patron tickets for HWE concerts are available only at the door.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors age 60-plus, and $5 for students. Additional information can be found at the band’s website at

NOCA announces Dar Williams performs here Saturday

NEWARK — The Newark Organization for the Creative Arts announced Dar Williams with Emily Scott Robinson will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at Thirty One West in downtown Newark.

All patrons and staff have been asked to be vaccinated to attend the show and must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours and a photo ID to enter. The artist also strongly requests that all audience members wear masks for the duration of the show.

NOCA also announced Grammy-nominated blues legend Bettye LaVette will perform here Feb. 18 and Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney present "Superwolves" with Emmett Kelly on Feb. 22.

Lakewood seeks board candidates

The Lakewood Local Board of Education seeks candidates to fill a vacated board term commencing January 2022 through December 2025. Candidates must be a resident of the Lakewood Local School District and 18 years or older.

Candidates should submit an OSBA application for board member and a resume to the Lakewood superintendent's office. The application is available on the district website and at the district central office. This must be received no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 15.

All candidates will be interviewed at a special board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Lakewood High School library.

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