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Lee-Strohm Wins Symphony Vocal Competition

2 Nov , 2020  

Led by music director Octavio Más-Arocas, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra recently opened its OhioHealth Symphony Series’ 90th Season with the concert ‘Mash-up’ at the Renaissance Theatre. The incredibly inventive and triumphant concert held the finals of its vocal competition where Ashland resident Audrey Lee-Strohm was awarded first place.

In November 2019, 26 videos were submitted online for entry into the vocal competition. With over 40,000 votes by the public and a weeklong review by a team of expert judges, six finalists were announced. The finalists who performed at the Mash-up concert were Allie Lynn Nicolas, Ashlea Shaw, Audrey Lee-Strohm, Jarica Awwiller, Patrick Clinage, and Ryan Shreve.

Before the vocal competition began the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra gave a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Jarica Awwiller then performed Frank Sinatra’s classic, “Fly Me to the Moon.” Ryan Shreve performed next with The Phantom of the Opera’s “The Music of the Night.” Allie Lynn Nicolas sang Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Ashlea Shaw performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born. Audrey Lee-Strohm performed “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables and Patrick Clinage ended the competition with another Frank Sinatra great, “My Way.” More…

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Symphony Opens 90th Season With Singing Competition

2 Oct , 2020  

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present “Mash-Up,” the first concert in its 90th Season, on Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 PM.

Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature the six singing competition finalists selected in the fall of 2019, and the Michigan-based group, Westbound Situation. The concert will be held inside the Renaissance Theatre, as well as live-streamed outside in the Ren Backlot.

The finalists performing in the competition are Allie Carter from the group Coma Love singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, Audrey Lee-Strohm singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, Jarica Awwiller singing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To the Moon,” Ashlea Shaw singing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, Patrick Clinage singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” and Ryan Shreve singing “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. More…

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Renaissance Season Preview Party Moves Online

13 May , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association’s biggest party of the season is getting a make-over.

The annual Season Preview Party at the Renaissance Theatre will be held online on Friday, June 5 at 6:00 PM. The exciting event will officially announce the 2020-2021 Renaissance Performing Arts season lineup and will feature live performances, giveaways, and surprises from the Renaissance. More…

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Make Music With The MSO

6 Feb , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra has announced auditions for its 2020-21 Season. All MSO auditions will be held at the Renaissance Theatre located at 138 Park Avenue West on March 22 starting at 10:00 AM.

The auditions are for the following open positions: Section Violin, Principal Cello, Section Cello, Principal Bass, Principal Oboe, and Oboe 2/English Horn. More…

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Mansfield Symphony Partners With Youth Orchestra

23 Jan , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2019-2020 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Revolutions” on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program celebrating Russian-themed masterworks of some of the world’s greatest composers.

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh, will join the symphony. Together, the groups will perform Sibelius’ Finlandia, “Bacchanale” from Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah, and end with the rousing, revolutionary Shostakovich Symphony No. 12. More…

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Symphony And Chorus Ring In The Holidays At The Ren

22 Nov , 2019  

We don’t want to rush right by the Thanksgiving holiday that is less than a week away, but we are excited that December is around the corner and brings with it the annual Holidays Pops concert at the Renaissance Theatre.

The sounds of the season will come alive as The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present their holiday concert on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 PM. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the concert features a mix of contemporary and classic holiday repertoire with the ever popular carol sing! More…

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Do The MSO Mash-Up

23 Oct , 2019  

The Renaissance Theatre’s popular Singing Competition is back. It’s the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Mash-Up!

Whether your vocal styling is country, rock, punk or something else altogether, you can participate with the hope of receiving the audience’s vote to be “The Voice.”

To enter the contest, visit this page on the Renaissance Theatre website to send them your submission. Note that previous years’ finalists are eligible to compete again; however, previous years’ winners are not. More…

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Family Pops: Once Upon A Symphony

4 Oct , 2019  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the 2019-2020 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Family Pops: Once Upon A Symphony…” on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas (pictured), the concert is designed with the entire family in mind and will take you to magical places through Fairytales and Dreams.

The concert will highlight Suite from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Mother Goose Suite by Ravel, and The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky, as well as works of Borodin and Wagner. A showstopping medley of the music from Frozen will also be included and will be sung by the youths of MY Theatre. More…

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Experience Music In A New Way With The MSO

9 Sep , 2019  

Be sure to bring your smartphone as the MSO launches into its new season.

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its opening concert of the 2019-2020 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Bohemian Souls” on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program inspired by composers who were deemed unconventional in their day. More…

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Sing With The Symphony

15 Aug , 2019  

It’s not every contest that can lead to a singing date with a full orchestra!

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra has announced the return of their popular singing contest, which gives local singers of any musical style, whether it be rock, pop, jazz, country, opera, or folk, the opportunity to compete and possibly become a guest soloist with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. More…

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Mansfield Symphony Announces New Youth Strings Conductor

27 Jul , 2019  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra have announced the recent appointment of its new Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings Conductor, Anthony Springer. More…

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French Masterpieces To Close MSO Season

18 Apr , 2019  

It is altogether fitting with the somber news coming from Paris this week that local musical organizations are joining together to perform two masterworks of the French classical repertoire.

Under the batons of Music Director Octavio Más-Arocas and Choral Director Brian Nabors, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will join forces with over 100 singers from the Symphony Chorus and the Shelby Chamber Choir to perform “Fin Magnifique,” May 11 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. More…

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Elton John Music Featured As “Jeans ‘n Classics” Joins The MSO

2 Mar , 2019  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will be joined by world-class rock musicians, Jeans ‘n Classics, to perform the music of Elton John in its OhioHealth Symphony Series concert, “Jeans ‘n Classics” on Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a dynamic program celebrating the music of Elton John in a unique collaboration melding rock music with symphonic. More…

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Russian Spectacular To Feature MSO And Youth Orchestra

27 Jan , 2019  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2018-2019 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Russian Spectacular” on Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program celebrating Russian-themed masterworks of some of the world’s greatest composers. More…

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Carols, Songs, And Strings On Saturday

13 Dec , 2018  

The sounds of the season will come alive as The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present its “Holiday Pops” concert on Saturday, December 15 at 8 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the concert features a mix of contemporary and classic holiday repertoire with the ever popular, carol sing! More…

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