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By Ryan Carpe rcarpe@civitasmedia.com

RYAN CARPE/Advocate photoThe Toledo Symphony played at Memorial Hall on Saturday to close out the Darke County Center for the Arts' successful 2013/2014 season.
RYAN CARPE/Advocate photoThe Toledo Symphony played at Memorial Hall on Saturday to close out the Darke County Center for the Arts' successful 2013/2014 season.
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DARKE COUNTY -This Saturday the Darke County Center for the Arts ended their 2013-2014 season with “The Music of Mozart”, marking the conclusion on another successful season.

“What a great season its been,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “We’ve had a lot of people at all of our shows all season, and its been wonderful.”

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra had the honor of closing out the season, playing a riveting evening show devoted to Mozart, often described as the world’s first “rock star.”

The Toledo orchestra is now celebrating their 70th season performing, and the group has grown substantially since their small inception in 1943.

Now, the Toledo Symphony musicians regularly perform over 400 times per season for nearly half a million people, including various combinations from solo players to small ensembles to the full orchestra.

Saturday night’s show was sponsored by Greenville Federal Bank, Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Ami McClurkin.

Also during Saturday’s show, the Darke County Center for the Arts celebrated the recent announcment that the St. Clair Memorial Hall will receive $500,000 in state capital appropriation funding for major renovations.

The extensive list of renovations include new seating, carpeting, intelligent production lighting, repainting the indoor facilities and even new signage out front.

The generous appropriations were made available due largely to the support of Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Senator Bill Beagle.

Senator Beagle was even in the audience for Saturday’s show, and Rawlins took a special moment before the Toledo Symphony began to personally thank him for his contributions, as well as the many residents who continually support the Darke County Center for the Arts.

“I always like to take the last show and thank the people out there for supporting us,” said Rawlins, spending several moments to highlight integral staff and community members.

DCCA also highlighted many of the acts that came through Memorial Hall in the last year, which ranged widely from aclassical pianist to Grammy award-winner Melissa Manchester.

“We had everything from chainsaw ballets to Alpin Hong and now to the Toledo Symphony. It’s just been fabulous,” said Rawlins.

And much of the 2014-2015 season has already been announced, which includes an encore of the Toledo Symphony on April 25 ,2015.

In addition, DCCA has a special Paul McCartney tribute scheduled for November, an ensemble Julliard-trained band called the Annie Moses Band in September, and the comedic talents of Bob and Tom guest Dan St. Paul set for November.

“We’re very excited about what’s next,” said Rawlins.

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