Ohio’s Firelands Symphony heads to parks, wineries for free outdoor concerts

Posted on: September 18, 2020

“The Firelands Symphony Orchestra is announcing a series of new shows, and everyone’s invited,” writes Tom Jackson in Tuesday’s (9/15) Sandusky Register (Sandusky, OH). “The full orchestra will perform an outdoor pops concert in Norwalk on Oct. 4, and there will be seven additional concerts throughout the area by smaller ensembles [from] the orchestra…. All of the concerts are free. The rescheduled free annual Summer Pops concert by the orchestra … at the Norwalk Reservoir … will be led by its conductor, Carl Topilow…. The first free concert by … Firelands String Quartet will [be] Sept. 20, at Steele Memorial Bandstand at Lakeside Chautauqua in Ottawa County. The quartet consists of FSO Concertmaster Ron Brooker on violin, Alice Weiss on violin, Rosalind Soltow on viola, and Brian Shifflett on cello. They’ll be playing music by composers Handel, Vivaldi and Bach along with Irish music and songs by the Beatles.” Chamber concerts on September 24, 25, 27 and October 11 and 24 will take place at Sandy Ridge Vineyards in Norwalk, Vermilion Valley Vineyards in Wakeman, and the Steele Memorial Bandstand at Lake Chautauqua. Carl Topilow will perform on clarinet with his jazz combo on October 8 at Paper Moon Vineyards in Vermilion.