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Beloved Icons of Jazz & DanceThursday, October 10, 7:30 PM

Celebrating two Akron arts icons

We’re partnering with Verb Ballets and Chamber Music Society of Ohio (CMSO) to celebrate two internationally known Akron arts icons: jazz pianist/composer Pat “Patsy” Pace and Ohio Ballet founder/choreographer Heinz Poll.

Akron Legends of Jazz & Dance will feature Pace’s “Excursions,” first premiered by Akron-based Ohio Ballet in 1982 and now reimagined and performed by Verb.

Local musicians will perform the original score. They include and are being organized by flutist George Pope, co-founder of CMSO and a member of the original “Excursions” ensemble.

Verb also will perform Poll’s “Rococo Variations” in the original costumes, marking the piece’s first EJ performance in decades and the first since Ohio Ballet closed following Poll’s passing in 2006.

Revisit or discover two legends whose artistic impact continues today in Akron and beyond.

  • Before the performance: Enjoy our intimate "Concert Conversation" with creators of this special evening. 6:30 p.m. in EJ's Flying Balcony. Easily accessed by elevator, the Flying Balcony offers comfortable seating and a cash bar.
  • Inspired by Heinz Poll and Pat Pace and guided by art teacher Patrick Dougherty, students from Firestone High School in Akron are creating wonderful artwork that will be displayed in the EJ lobby.

  • With support from the Akron Community Foundation, Tuesday Musical and the Autism Society of Greater Akron have partnered to make this an inclusive performance. For details, including how people on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities, and their families, can purchase reduced-price tickets, click here.

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