The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Symphony present the (4)19 Festival, Aug. 9-11 and includes both paid and free events. This musical celebration is organized into four themes, with performances scheduled across three days that feature work by 19 local composers, representing the extraordinary depth of this region’s musical history.
The 4(19) Festival is comprised of three ticketed and three free concerts. A festival pass—which grants the holder access to all three ticketed concerts and priority seating at the free Saturday, Aug. 10 evening performance—is $20 for TMA members and TSO subscribers, $24 for nonmembers, and $10 for students and active military. Tickets for the three paid performances can also be purchased individually and are $10 for TMA members and TSO subscribers, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for students and active military each.
The 4(19) Festival is a collaborative program of the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Symphony, and the ADJ•ective New Music.
4(19) Festival Schedule
Friday, Aug. 9: 6– 8 p.m., GlasSalon
The 4(19) Festival begins with “Glass City,” located in TMA’s GlasSalon, the perfect location for a unique combination of pieces for acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments. This multi-media concert celebrates Toledo’s unique legacy of tradition and innovation through music that explores innovation, transparency, and brightness. Tickets are $10 for TMA members and TSO subscribers, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for students and active military.
4(19) Festival: Black Swamp
Saturday, Aug. 10: 1–5 p.m., GlasSalon, Museum Grounds, and Wolfe Gallery
Once known as the Black Swamp, Northwest Ohio’s natural wonders have been a source of inspiration for our region’s composers. The breadth of works presented here explore the complicated relationship between music and our natural environment and run the gamut from appreciation to activism. There will be three parts to the “Black Swamp”–themed concert.
Saturday, Aug. 10: 1–3 p.m., GlasSalon
Tickets are $10 for TMA members and TSO subscribers, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for students and active military.
Saturday, Aug. 10: 3:15–3:45 p.m., Museum Grounds
Saturday, Aug. 10: 4–5 p.m., Wolfe Gallery
Saturday, Aug. 10: 7:30–9:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Toledo has often been given an identity by outsiders, choosing to brand it as a particularly culturally bereft outpost in flyover country. Nowhere is this more evident than in the famous John Denver song, “Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio.” This iconic line is put under the microscope in a pair of evening concerts. The first examines the concept of identity vs. identification, with composers whose works delve deep into the issues of self and its perception from the outside. Tickets are $10 for TMA members and TSO subscribers, $12 for nonmembers, and $5 for students and active military.
Saturday, Aug. 10: 10–11:30 p.m., Bellwether at Toledo Spirits
The second Saturday evening concert is a celebration of the joy and exuberance that characterizes a true Toledo Saturday night and takes place at Toledo Spirits’ new sensory-immersive cocktail bar north of downtown. While this concert is free to attend, 4(19) Festival passholders receive priority seating for this performance.
Sunday, Aug. 11: 2–4 p.m., Throughout the Museum
The weekend concludes with an exploration of the rich history of sacred music by Northwest Ohio composers in an event entitled “Holy Toledo,” performed throughout the Museum galleries alongside complementary works of visual art.