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Episode 24 of the Toledo Matters Podcast
– Zak Vassar, CEO/President of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra
With Bob Tucker, Danny Woodcock, & Nathan Lewis
Fun things in the 419

TONIGHT 7/21: EPIC Toledo’s T-Town Dash. Downtown Toledo’s biggest scavenger hunt. Teams of 6 will be combing the town for clues and hidden treasures. —

August 13-14: Bach Around the Clock! – The TSO season doesn’t start until September, but Merwin Siu and other TSO musicians are putting on a 24-hour Bach Festival at the Toledo Art Museum – Bach Around the Clock! At the Museum and on Museum Grounds, enjoy the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in this 24-hour live music marathon. —
Today’s Guests:
*** Zak Vassar ***
* CEO/President of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (
* Toledo Matters Podcast Quiz Master
* Extraordinary Birthday Party Guest

FUN FACT – Zak and his wife, Emilie, started the first bar trivia at Homeslice Pizza. Outgrowing the space quickly, they took their trivia to a second location at the Oliver House.

Favorite hidden gem in Toledo: The Oliver House and Mon Ami on Catawba Island

Toledo Trivia:

  1. When and where was the first concert given by The Toledo Symphony?
  2. When did a Toledo Symphony first perform at the Toledo Museum of Art.
  3. In 1967, the TSO appointed the first African-American concertmaster in a professional American orchestra. What was his name?
  4. The Peristyle concert hall opened in 1933, prior to the incorporation of the TSO. What orchestra was featured at the opening gala?

**Royalty music provided by Bensound