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Worthingway Middle School Jazz Concert

The Worthingway Middle School Music Program will present their jazz bands live in concert on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 7:00pm at the McConnell Arts Center.

Exhibition on Screen – Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait. One of the most celebrated British painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves in self-portraiture with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. This intense and unflinching gaze has produced a body of powerful, figurative works that places him in the forefront of great British painting. Featuring fascinating interviews with past sitters, friends and leading art experts such as Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London) and Martin Gayford (Art Critic and Writer), this intensely compelling documentary reveals the life’s work of a master which, when seen together, represents an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.

$12 – $15

Lifelong Learning Institute – Shiloh Todorov – Building Inclusive Communities and Empowering Families to Create a Successful Future

Bessie Jackson was once a home health aide making around $26,000 a year. After graduating from Families Flourish, a unique non-profit founded in Central Ohio in 2016, Bessie was able to secure a job making $75,000 a year, thereby tripling her income thanks to the program. Families Flourish is an initiative that serves 17 communities in Central Ohio and provides support and opportunities to low-wage families. This program empowers families to address their total needs over a 3-year period, reversing historic barriers by fostering greater inclusivity, equality, opportunity and access to housing, education, and family wellness. Families enrolled in the program receive monthly skill-building programming and coaching, including career training, educational opportunities, financial guidance, and personal wellness training. Families Flourish helps communities create and embrace housing that is accessible to all. In this class, Todorov will discuss this unique non-profit and how it works to help people like Bessie achieve economic stability...

Songs at the Center – Nicole Boggs, Angel Snow, Jordan Dean

Songs at the Center is proud to welcome songwriters Nicole Boggs, Angel Snow, and Jordan Dean to the McConnell Arts Center, alongside our host, Eric Gnezda.

YOUR participation is a key part of the success of our series, having been broadcast to more than 400 PBS stations from coast-to-coast in nine seasons. Bring friends, and feel free to come and go as you please!

This taping is FREE to attend, registration is recommended.


Laura Camara & The Jake Reed Trio – “Shades of Ellington” Album Release Concert

Join Laura Camara & The Jake Reed Trio for a special concert commemorating the release of their new album, "Shades of Ellington"

Laura Camara and the Jake Reed Trio have been lighting up stages all over Ohio since 2018. Comprised of some of Columbus’ top jazz musicians such as Bradley Mellen on Bass, Tony Bonardi on Piano, Jake Reed on drums, and Laura Camara on vocals, the groups unique musical interpretations, extraordinary improvisational skills, and incredible synergy, electrify the music and transport the listener to the most unexpected places. The Jake Reed Trio has been performing at venues all over Columbus for over 10 years. In 2018 they decided to team up with award winning local jazz vocalist Laura Camara. Since then they have performed a series of programmed concerts of original jazz arrangements such as “Shades of Ellington”, “The Music of Laurel Canyon” and “Sarah Vaughan, The Divine One”. The group has performed at The Refectory Restaurant, First Unitarian Universalist Concert
Series, and The Columbus Museum of Art. Their most notable show “Shades of Ellington” has recently gained traction all over the state of Ohio. The group was invited in April of 2022 to perform this show at Blu Jazz in Akron, listed in Downbeat Magazine as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world. Laura Camara & The Jake Reed Trio are in the midst of recording their first album featuring the music of their most popular show “Shades of Ellington” which they plan to release in April of  2024.  

$10 – $20

MAC Family Fun Series – You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington 777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH, United States

Family Fun Series

It's time for some family fun at the MAC! You'll be delighted with our new family series programming, which is geared toward preschool - young elementary-aged kids and their families.

Featuring authors Chiquita Mullins Lee & Carmella Van Vleet. Additional details coming soon.

Dhvani – Grand Vocal Concert by Vijay Siva

Vijay Siva is one of the foremost vocalists today in Classical Carnatic Music. A child prodigy, at the age of four he exhibited a rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas.

Vijay Siva had his initial tutelage in Carnatic music from his mother, Akhila Siva, a vocal musician from Chennai. Vijay Siva later became the disciple of the legendary vocalist, Sangita Kalanidhi late Shri D. K. Jayaraman. He later received guidance from the legendary Sangita kalanidhi late Smt. D. K. Pattammal. Vijay Siva is also an accomplished percussionist (mridangam), and received his training from Kumbakonam Shri Rajappa Iyer.

Vijay Siva has performed in numerous and famed locations all over India and abroad including USA, Canada and Singapore.

A recipient of numerous awards and titles, Vijay Siva has received recognition for both vocal and percussion (mridangam), including awards for devotional music in 1974 and the coveted Rajaji Tamboora in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He was also awarded first place in Classical and Light Classical Music Competitions (1984) conducted by AIR. He is the recipient of prestigious titles: Isai Peroli (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, the Youth Award for Exellence by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995, and the first recipient of Kalki Krishnamurthy Award (1996) by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.


Lifelong Learning Institute – William Faust – Antique Cornets: The Electric Guitar of the Victorian Age

William Faust will discuss the history of the cornet and its place in musical and cultural history. This brass instrument was so pervasive between about 1850-1900 that it held a similar status to today's electric guitar in rock and popular music. Mr. Faust will share the brief history of the instrument and several examples of antique cornets from his personal collection of over 100 examples dating as far back as the 1830s, as well as some relevant ephemera.

William Faust is Managing Partner of Ologie - a nationally known marketing agency focused on helping colleges and universities recruit students, raise money, and build their brands. He has been collecting and playing antique cornets for over 30 years and has a collection of over 100 instruments dating back to the 1830s. He lives in Columbus and Baltimore with his wife Wendy and has 3 grown children and one grandchild. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Ohio State University.

Songs at the Center – The Wonder Women of Country (Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh, Melissa Carper)

Songs at the Center is proud to welcome songwriters Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh, and Melissa Carper to the McConnell Arts Center, alongside our host, Eric Gnezda.

YOUR participation is a key part of the success of our series, having been broadcast to more than 400 PBS stations from coast-to-coast in nine seasons. Bring friends, and feel free to come and go as you please!

This taping is FREE to attend, registration is recommended.

Worthington Chamber Orchestra – An Evening with Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803

Franz Schubert greatly admired Beethoven and modeled his Octet in F major on Beethoven’s famous Septet, using a similar six-movement structure and instrumentation. However, Schubert added an additional violin to the string complement. Schubert balances entertainment and ambition in his writing through jaunty dances, hummable tunes, and heart-rending moments. Like Beethoven’s Septet, these elements are married with virtuosic moments led by the first violinist and clarinetist. The Octet in F major is the largest of Schubert’s chamber works in instrumentation and duration.

Dr. V’s Generations Band – Folk Music Celebration

Ohio University professor celebrates the work and generosity of one of his recent physician-assistant (PA) graduates, Andi Lamb, PA-C, who provides medical care to vulnerable patients in both Appalachia and Africa.

Jeff Vasiloff (“Dr. V”), who teaches at Ohio University’s Dublin Medical Campus, and his Generations Band will present an evening of beautiful music and words to raise awareness and funds for medical clinics in Uganda operated by Imani Milele at

The concert will also feature guest vocalist Dr. John McCarthy, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Profession of Ohio University....

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