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Foreigners Journey Coming To The Ren

27 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Saturday, October 1, the music, and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands come together in one electrifying show at the Renaissance Theater.

Now starring 2X Tony Nominated Star of Broadway’s Rock of Ages and American Idol Icon – Constantine Maroulis! Their repertoire of classic hits by Foreigner and Journey provides a crowd-pleasing night of unforgettable music. Not only heightened to new face-melting levels with the addition of Constantine, expect smoldering sexiness, dancers, production, and “Rock Of Ages” mash-ups that will take you right back to the Sunset Strip!

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The World’s Greatest Coloratura Soprano

25 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield music fans were in for a treat back in 1921 when someone billed as the world’s greatest coloratura soprano came to town to perform.

According to Wikipedia, a coloratura is a type of operatic soprano voice that specializes in music that is distinguished by agile runs, leaps and trills.

Her name was Amelita Galli-Curci, and she was a huge recording star in her day, recording exclusively for Victor records. Her native city was Milan, Italy, where she studied at the local conservatory.

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Fantastic Final Friday Weekend

18 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A jam-packed few days are in store for the Fantastic Final Friday Weekend in Mansfield full of vintage cars, famous airplanes, and live country music. Whether you call Richland County home, or are just visiting, you’ll be wowed by the amazing opportunities to make memories with family and friends on this late-summer weekend.

Airport Day and Vintage Planes

For lovers of historic aircraft – or just flying in general — Mansfield Lahm Airport Day, Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9-3 offers a chance to experience all that’s new at Mansfield Airport. Kids who’ve never flown before will get hooked on flying with free Eagle Flights. Skilled pilots share their passion and knowledge before taking off in a small plane, letting kids experience the closest thing to soaring like an eagle as they climb into the clouds.

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Verdi In The Pavilion

12 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There are many perks of living in north central Ohio, including access to cultural events and attractions within easy driving distance.

That said, there are opportunities to experience the arts closer to home through outstanding local performances and exhibitions.

One such opportunity arrives on August 20 at 8 PM, when Mid-Ohio Civic Opera shares a one-time only outdoor concert at the Mansfield Art Center Pavilion. Enjoy a program of opera arias, duets, trios, and more, all composed by the acknowledged master of Italian opera, Giuseppe Verdi.

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The Fisk Jubilee Singers

16 Jul , 2022  

NOTE: The story, first published in 2018, has been updated with newly-discovered information about this groundbreaking concert. See below.

By: 1812Blockhouse

Did you know that Mansfield is one of the places where American musical history was made?

In fact, it was made over 148 years ago, on November 29, 1871. More…

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Downtown

DMI Announces 2022 Final Friday Concert Series Lineup

20 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever!

It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music. The 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will kickoff on Friday, May 27 with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridey.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

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Sensory-Friendly Children’s Concert Happening At The Renaissance Theatre

20 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre has announced the second of its Teddy Bear Concerts in the 2021-2022 Mechanics Bank Education Series

Entitled The Carnival of the Animals, the concert features an engaging original script by Michael Thomas, accompanied by the classic The Carnival of the Animals music by French composer, Camille Saint Saens. The performance will be held on Sunday, February 6 at 2:30 PM on the main stage at the Renaissance Theatre, located at 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio. The sensory-friendly concert marks the return of the popular live, indoor concert experiences for young audiences and their families, which were put on hold due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story of The Carnival of the Animals will take place on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre with audience members sitting on the stage alongside the performers for an up-close and personal experience.

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Mid Ohio Civic Opera Presents Song Cycle

9 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Lovers of classical music in Mansfield and Wooster, and in particular those fans of vocal music, have a treat in store for them over the next several days.

The German song cycle, Die Winterreise by Franz Schubert, will be presented in concert under the auspices of the Mid Ohio Civic Opera.

The cycle tells the story of a man wandering on an Earth devoid of life after the world has crumbled into apocalyptic environmental decline. One man walks through the destruction trying to plant a tree he has shielded, lamenting his lost beloved world, eventually sliding into either madness, or death. This, the most haunting and beautiful of Schubert’s song-cycles, is a masterpiece of the genre. The resources of intellect and interpretative power required to deliver them, in the chamber or concert hall, challenge the greatest singers.

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Renowned Conductor To Guest Conduct Mansfield Symphony Family Concerts

18 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Acclaimed conductor Katherine Kilburn is no stranger to Mansfield’s professional orchestra – her husband, Octavio Más-Arocas, is the Music Director of the Mansfield Symphony – but she doesn’t often get to enjoy its performances from the podium, as she will when she takes the stage at the symphony’s Family Pops concert this month. 

Dr. Kilburn, a well-respected musician, conductor, and educator in her own right, will guest conduct the Mansfield Symphony for its live “Operation Bridge Building” education concerts on October 21 and 22, as well as lead the orchestra at the Pops concert on the 23rd. Currently, Maestra Kilburn is serving as Assistant Director of Orchestras for the Michigan State University College of Music,  previously having led orchestral programs at Cornell University and Kent State University.

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Paul Robeson

21 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There are many Mansfielders who today would not recognize the name of Paul Robeson.

That is unfortunate. Robeson was an extraordinary talent who, as Wikipedia shares, “…became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism.” A man large in stature, he had an oversized influence in American musicals and in the Civil Rights Movement.

He was also someone who made a visit to Mansfield to perform in concert. More…

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All About Richland

Inkcarceration 2021 To Require Vaccinations; Masks In Some Areas

12 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Organizers of the long-sold-out 2021 Inkcarceration Festival announced this week that it is requiring all attendees to the event, including artists, staff, and crew, to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

A deadline has been set for later this month for vaccinations — August 26 (campers) and 27 (non-campers).

In its statement, the following additional guidelines were shared:

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Art Is The Heart Of Richland County

9 Aug , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

By Nicholas Dekker

Everywhere you look throughout Richland County, you’ll see that a love of the arts uplifts and enhances the community. Eager crowds gather to experience the work of local visual artists, musicians and performers at the region’s theaters, galleries and performance stages.

You’ll find colorful creations in all forms at the Mansfield Art Center. This award-winning facility is renowned for its stunning exhibitions, artist sales and classes in ceramics, glass art, sculpture, pastels and more. Element of Art Studio showcases the work of artists with developmental disabilities; you can tour the gallery, purchase artwork and take classes.

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Final Friday Concert Coming Up

26 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Join Downtown Mansfield, Inc. downtown this Friday, July 30, for sunshine, good food, and good music.

The July 2021 Final Friday Concert Series will kick off at 5:30 PM at The Brickyard with Red & Six, Departure, and Red Ball Jets.

As always, the Final Friday Concert Series is free and open to the public; lawn chairs are encouraged, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Outside beverages and coolers are prohibited.

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Music at Lunch: A Great Idea

23 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, Mechanics Bank is again hosting downtown workers — and anyone else who enjoys good music — to a series of “[email protected]” concerts in the courtyard of their downtown Mansfield location.

All of the following will be held between 11:45 AM and 1:15 PM. Come and stay for a set or the entire event.

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Jazz At The Ren Backlot

7 Jul , 2021  

The Artistic Jazz Orchestra makes its premier appearance at the Renaissance Theatre this weekend. AJO Artistic Director, Paul Martin, has put together an evening of the group’s most popular numbers.

Martin is a native of Ashland and has studied with jazz legends like Vaughn Wiester (trombonist and arranger for Woody Herman) and Doug Richeson (bassist for Tony Bennett). He’s also performed with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, includingLas Vegas vocalist/pianist George Bugatti, vocalist Cathi Muckle (the niece of Rosemary Clooney), trumpeter Bobby Shew, and drummer Louise Bellson. More…

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