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Toledo Arts: Art Scene in Toledo

Located on the edge of Lake Erie in the Northwestern part of Ohio, Toledo is the fourth biggest city in the Buckeye state.  It is largely considered an industrial city and has a longstanding association with the auto industry, but Toledo is also home to several colleges and a busy arts scene (including the most under-rated art museum in America).  Whether you like ballet, opera, theater, visual art, or symphonic music, you will find it here.

Toledo Arts Information

Art Museums

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Toledo Museum of Art

It is no exaggeration to say that the Toledo Museum of Art is among the very best art museums in the entire country. While the TMA has been a haven for culture and the arts in Toledo since its inception in 1901, over time it’s grown into more of a complex than a traditional museum. It’s now comprised of six separate buildings, along with a sculpture garden, on a sprawling …more…

Theater

Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Toledo Repertoire Theatre

The Toledo Rep has functioned continually since its debut season in 1933-34, when it presented seven shows including A Doll’s House, Craig’s Wife, and The Willow Tree. Recent productions have ranged from Larry Shue’s The Foreigner to Neil Simon’s Chapter Two to the musicals Godspell and The Secret Garden. ...more...

Classical Music

Masterworks Chorale

Masterworks Chorale

Founded in 1972, this 50-member mixed chorus performs canonic works by a a wide variety of composers, from Palestrina and Bach to Brahms and Bernstein. Concert offerings include a sing-along of Handel’s Messiah and a series of concerts entitled “Collage,” in which various compositional mediums and artistic disciplines — including the string quartet, double-choir Renaissance Motet, and ballet — are featured. ...more...

Toledo Symphony

Toledo Symphony

What began as The Friends of Music in 1943 has become an approximately 80-member professional orchestra serving communities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The Toledo Symphony boasts a diverse menu of programs, from the standard “Classics,” “Pops,” and “Family” series to the more specialized offerings of the “Mozart & More” and “Chamber” series.

The orchestra has collaborated with such prominent guests as Mstislav …more…

Opera

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Toledo Opera

Toledo Opera began in 1959, and since that time has mounted productions of such challenging works as Richard Strauss’s Salome, The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky, Verdi’s Falstaff, and The Crucible by Robert Ward. English supertitles are provided during performances. Additionally, Student Night at the Opera introduces those in middle school and high school to the art form at the incredibly accessible price of $5 per ticket. ...more...

Dance

Toledo Ballet

Toledo Ballet

Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, the Toledo Ballet has provided the local community with quality dance training and performance for more than seventy years. TB is made up of dancers chosen each year through auditions to form the corps de ballet, principal roles, and apprenticeships. Through the staging of classical ballets, these young dancers are given the exposure and experience necessary to bring them closer to …more…

Venues

Stranahan Theater

Stranahan Theater

With over 2400 seats and a 1200-space parking lot, the massive Stranahan Theater is the place for Toledo residents and visitors to catch the touring productions of hefty Broadway musicals (Wicked, The Jersey Boys, Spamalot) and holiday performances by the likes of Mannheim Steamroller, the Toledo Ballet and the Ohio State University Marching Band. The Toledo Symphony also performs its Pops series here, and on occasion the Stranahan will play …more…

Art Museums

DoToledo_TMA

Toledo Museum of Art

It is no exaggeration to say that the Toledo Museum of Art is among the very best art museums in the entire country. While the TMA has been a haven for culture and the arts in Toledo since its inception in 1901, over time it’s grown into more of a complex than a traditional museum. It’s now comprised of six separate buildings, along with a sculpture garden, on a sprawling …more…

Theater

Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Toledo Repertoire Theatre

The Toledo Rep has functioned continually since its debut season in 1933-34, when it presented seven shows including A Doll’s House, Craig’s Wife, and The Willow Tree. Recent productions have ranged from Larry Shue’s The Foreigner to Neil Simon’s Chapter Two to the musicals Godspell and The Secret Garden. ...more...

Classical Music

Masterworks Chorale

Masterworks Chorale

Founded in 1972, this 50-member mixed chorus performs canonic works by a a wide variety of composers, from Palestrina and Bach to Brahms and Bernstein. Concert offerings include a sing-along of Handel’s Messiah and a series of concerts entitled “Collage,” in which various compositional mediums and artistic disciplines — including the string quartet, double-choir Renaissance Motet, and ballet — are featured. ...more...

Toledo Symphony

Toledo Symphony

What began as The Friends of Music in 1943 has become an approximately 80-member professional orchestra serving communities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The Toledo Symphony boasts a diverse menu of programs, from the standard “Classics,” “Pops,” and “Family” series to the more specialized offerings of the “Mozart & More” and “Chamber” series.

The orchestra has collaborated with such prominent guests as Mstislav …more…

Opera

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Toledo Opera

Toledo Opera began in 1959, and since that time has mounted productions of such challenging works as Richard Strauss’s Salome, The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky, Verdi’s Falstaff, and The Crucible by Robert Ward. English supertitles are provided during performances. Additionally, Student Night at the Opera introduces those in middle school and high school to the art form at the incredibly accessible price of $5 per ticket. ...more...

Dance

Toledo Ballet

Toledo Ballet

Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, the Toledo Ballet has provided the local community with quality dance training and performance for more than seventy years. TB is made up of dancers chosen each year through auditions to form the corps de ballet, principal roles, and apprenticeships. Through the staging of classical ballets, these young dancers are given the exposure and experience necessary to bring them closer to …more…

Venues

Stranahan Theater

Stranahan Theater

With over 2400 seats and a 1200-space parking lot, the massive Stranahan Theater is the place for Toledo residents and visitors to catch the touring productions of hefty Broadway musicals (Wicked, The Jersey Boys, Spamalot) and holiday performances by the likes of Mannheim Steamroller, the Toledo Ballet and the Ohio State University Marching Band. The Toledo Symphony also performs its Pops series here, and on occasion the Stranahan will play …more…