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UT Percussion Faculty receives doctorate

Dr. Olman Piedra, Summer Jazz Institute

Dr. Olman Piedra coaching a student during the
UT Summer Jazz Institute


Dr. Olman E Piedra, the assistant professor of Percussion and Jazz studies at The University of Toledo, received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December from Bowling Green State University. Previously, he received two Master’s in Music degrees, in Percussion Performance and in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, and a BM from Baylor University. Dr. Piedra is an educational artist/clinician for Remo drumheads and Innovative Percussion.

As an active and versatile jazz, contemporary, Latin American, and concert musician, Dr. Piedra can be heard on William Bolcom’s Grammy award winning album “Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience” with Leonard Slatkin, conductor, on His Name Is Alive’s “Detrola”, and “Sweet Earth Flower, a tribute to Marion Brown”, NOMO’s “New Tones”, “The Dreamer” by jazz guitarist/composer Paul Cohn, “Reaching for the Moon” with Morgen Stiegler, “Gran Danzón” with Martha Councell-Vargas, and with the University of Toledo Jazz faculty ensemble CrossCurrents on their debut album on Summit Records.

Dr. Piedra left Costa Rica in 1998 to further his music studies and pursue a musical career in the United States. He has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Sphinx Orchestra (principal percussion), the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Ensamble de Percusión Costa Rica, the Toledo Symphony Percussion Trio, Italian pop artist Patrizio Buanne, NOMO (toured around the United States, Canada, and Europe), Roland Vazquez’ Latin Jazz Combo (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), vocalist Lauren Kinhan (from The New York Voices), Ken Thomson and Slow/fast, David Bixler’s I-75 ensemble, and the University of Toledo jazz faculty group at the third annual JEN convention in Louisville, KY. Olman has also been performing alongside Grammy Award winning artists The New York Voices at Bowling Green State University’s vocal jazz camp since 2009.

UT Collaborates with Toledo Symphony to Celebrate Mozart

Celebrating the Genius of Mozart - January through February 2014

Celebrating the Genius of Mozart – January through February 2014


The University of Toledo College of Communication and the Arts is collaborating with the Toledo Symphony on a number of events connected with celebrating Mozart, January through February.

For two years, The University of Toledo and the TSO have been proud to collaborate on an arts and humanities festival. Centered on themes inspired by Symphony programs, these lectures, movie screenings and performances have covered diverse topics from the pain of the Civil War to modern day film culture.

This year’s festival celebrates the genius of Mozart, the fascinating time period of the 18th century and the ways it continues to intrigue us today. The series culminates on February 7 & 8 when the Symphony performs the original Peter Shaffer play, “Amadeus,” accompanied by music from the film—all performed live.

Cornel Gabara Associate Professor of Theatre, Head of Acting at The University of Toledo

Cornel Gabara
Associate Professor of Theatre, Head of Acting at The University of Toledo

Cornel Gabara, associate professor of theatre and head of acting at UT, will direct the theatrical production. Gabara has also directed two previous productions with the TSO, including “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour,” which was taken to Carnegie Hall.The following week, the UT Symphony Orchestra and Choirs perform an All Mozart Concert in the University’s newly-renovated Doermann Theatre.

Most events are free.

Light refreshments will be provided at all Libbey Hall lectures, and we encourage a robust Q&A following each talk.

“Mozart’s Mysterious Demise: Freemasonic Revenge Legends and Shaffer’s Amadeus” with Dr. Edmund Lingan, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the UT Department of Theatre & Film
Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.
Libbey Hall, UT Main Campus

“Mozart, Genius and the Popular Imagination” with UT musicologist Ashley Mirakian
Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m.
Libbey Hall, UT Main Campus

“Under Mozart’s Petticoat: Period Costuming”
With UT’s Erica Frank, Theatre Lecturer and Costume Designer, and Daniel Thobias, Assistant Professor of Theatre & Costume Design
Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
Libbey Hall, UT Main Campus

“Mozart from a Performer’s Perspective” with conductor Robert Mirakian and violinist, Merwin Siu
Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Libbey Hall, UT Main Campus


Toledo Symphony Classics Series
Friday and Saturday, February 7 & 8
8 p.m.| Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art
$22-$55 | The Toledo Symphony performs music from the film, while actors perform the original Peter Shaffer play—a dazzling, multi-sensory experience! Selections from Mozart’s “Requiem,” operas, piano concertos and much more.
For tickets call 419.246.8000 or visit www.ToledoSymphony.com

UT Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Saturday, February 15
3 p.m. | Doermann Theatre, UT Main Campus
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