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A cool evening breeze. Beautiful surroundings. Toe-tapping music.

It’s time again for Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo, an eight-week series of free musical events featuring the Toledo Concert Band with conductor Sam Szor, commentator Gordon Ward, and local guest artists.

This Sunday and every Sunday through Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m, come and experience the unique family-friendly series at the beautiful Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, located at 2700 Broadway.


Music Director and Conductor Sam Szor returns for his 56th season, along with legendary commentator, Gordon Ward. An estimated 2 million loyal audience members have attended since the popular concert series’ inception.

Music Under the Stars summer concerts remain free and open to the public due to the generosity of returning major sponsors including The Andersons, Inc.; Anthem Blue  Cross & Blue Shield, GM Powertrain/UAW Local 14, Sunoco, and UAW Region 2-B.

Joining this esteemed group of sponsors this season is Mathews Ford of Oregon. Mercy Health Partners returns as the guest artist sponsor and The Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Symphony continue to provide essential in kind, material, and administrative support.

“This wonderful tradition of free concerts would not be possible were it not for the generous support from the sponsors,” Toledo Concert Band manager, Keith McWatters, said. “Providing eight concerts featuring the area’s most talented professional musicians and entertainers is a wonderful tribute to the sponsor’s investment in the quality of life programs for our community and region.”

“I am pleased to begin my 56th season of Music Under the Stars,” Szor said. “The support of this community has been overwhelming and I look forward to another wonderful season.”
This summer’s performance schedule includes:
Aug. 3 - America: Passing the Baton
Aug. 10 - Hollywood: Dreams We Share
Aug. 17 - Lerner and Loewe: With Class
Aug. 24 - Jazz - Musical Diversity
Aug. 31 - Rodgers and Hammerstein: Top Music Team

Admission to Music Under the Stars is free, although non-members of The Toledo Zoo must pay to park in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

In addition, visitors are welcome to stop by the Beastro Café before the concert.

The Beastro Café is adjacent to the African Lodge and is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to each Music Under the Stars performance.

For more information, visit or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.



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