Perrysburg’s St. Timothy’s hosts concert


PERRYSBURG — St. Tim’s Discovers, the music series based at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, continues the 2023-24 season by presenting Toledo native Anthony Pattin, classical pianist, and Lesli McCage Simmons, clarinetist.

The March 3 program is offered in honor of the late Dr. Hollis Merrick, a gift to the community from his wife, Mary Merrick. Dr. Merrick served on the faculty of the former Medical College of Ohio, now University of Toledo Medical Center.

Pattin has had an extensive and varied performance career, beginning with his professional orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Since that time, he has performed with the symphonies of Alabama, Arkansas, Tuscaloosa (AL), Abilene (TX) among many others. He has appeared in Chicago, Los Angeles and twice in New York City in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Pattin was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Alabama State Council of the Arts. While in Alabama, he received the prestigious Governor’s “Artist for the New Millennium” Award in 2001.

Currently, Pattin is the organist/pianist for First St. John Lutheran Church in Toledo. For the past seven years, he has been a part of the MostArts Music Festival and Piano Competition at Alfred University (NY). Pattin serves as piano soloist, chamber musician and as a piano competition judge for MostArts Festival. He has seven recordings (CD) available on the APT label.

Collaborating with Pattin will be McCage Simmons, currently the clarinet instructor for the University of Toledo. Previous Toledo area performances include appearances with the Toledo Symphony, Sono Novo Chamber Orchestra and the Ballet Theater of Toledo. A native southener, she studied at the Universities of Montevallo (AL) and Alabama, at Tuscaloosa. While in Alabama, McCage Simmons performed with the Alabama Symphony, Huntsville Symphony and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. Here in northwest Ohio, she has performed several times on “Live from FM-91” on WGTE radio.

The March 3 recital offers many favorites from the solo piano repertoire, including Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel, Prelude in G Major by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Novelette in F Major by Robert Schumann.

The two will perform Johannes Brahms’ Sonata for Clarinet, movement III (Andante con moto) and Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet, movement I (Grazioso).

The recital space will open at 2:30 p.m. There is no reserved seating for this free admission concert.

St. Timothy Episcopal church is located at 871 East Boundary, Perrysburg. The facility is accessible and offers ample parking.

No posts to display