Magic and Jazz: April Events at the Holland Theatre


From dazzling magic to sophisticated jazz, the Holland Theatre is the place to be in April. Get ready for the total eclipse with Chris Funk: Redefining Wonder on Saturday, April 6. This illusionist’s multimedia magic show has met rave reviews from America’s Got Talent to Planet Hollywood. His appearance at the Holland takes place during a full long weekend of eclipse-related festivities downtown; come early to check out the food trucks and other fun activities. This event is generously sponsored by Beasley Architecture & Design.

The month continues with two jazz concerts. Raul Midon takes the Holland stage on Saturday, April 20. Blinded as an infant, the Grammy nominee has become world-renowned for his vocal and instrumental jazz and his skills in drum and guitar. His warm persona and inspiring story make him a crowd favorite. This event is
generously sponsored by Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars.

Rounding out the month is the Columbus Jazz Quintet on Friday, April 26. This collection of talented Central Ohio musicians includes Sydney McSweeney’s return on vocals, local graduate Isaac Bednarki on percussion, longtime favorite Bobby Floyd on piano, Miles Smith on trumpet, and George DeLancey on bass. The group performs all styles of jazz including bebop, blues, Latin, ballads, and more.

Tickets for all shows are available at or through the box office, at 937-592-9002. Contact the box office for group discounts and youth ticket

The Holland Presents series continues in May with the improv comedy of Scriptless in Seattle on May 4 and The Great Dubois circus show on May 11. Season sponsors are Beasley Architecture & Design and Marker, Inc.; media sponsors are Bellefontaine Examiner and V-Teck Communications; and season support is provided by Honda of  America and Ohio Arts Council.

Built in 1931 in downtown Bellefontaine, the Holland is the nation’s only atmospheric Dutch theater. The building had fallen into disrepair in the 1990s after being converted into a cineplex but was saved from demolition when a local teacher and students took an interest in the structure. Buoyed by community support and government and private grants, the theater completed a multimillion-dollar restoration in 2019 and today is a vibrant nonprofit center for the performing arts.