The Update | Cello-Piano Duo in New Music Guild Concert; Local Author in Book Bash

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The New Music Guild’s winter concert featuring Argentinian cellist Silvia Games DuBos and Pittsburgh pianist/composer Helga Scheibert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St.

The Guild focuses on 20th- and 21st-century music but also highlights classical music and sponsors visits by guest composers and performers.

DuBos and Scheibert will perform music by classical and modern composers.

DuBos is the principal cellist of the Washington, Pa., and Greenville symphonies and was principal cellist of the symphonies of Ohio University and Duquesne University and the symphony orchestra of Lanus National University in Argentina.  She is also artistic director of the ArsDocta International Music Festival.  

Scheibert was born in Romania and studied in that country. She also studied at Duquesne University and West Virginia University. An active composer with special interests in classical, jazz and contemporary music, she has released two albums of original works since 2020.

The concert will open with performances by New Music Guild coordinators Gwyneth Rollin, violin, and Robert Rollin, piano. They will play Robert Rollin’s “Welsh Song”, a setting of “David of the White Rock,” and his “Passover Songs,” a setting of two folk melodies sung at the Seder. Rollin will perform his “Recollections of Sally” in memory of violinist and choral director Sally Maloy Dolovy.

An after-party with refreshments in honor of DuBos and Scheibert will take place at the church basement fellowship hall immediately following the Sunday afternoon concert.

Author Nancy Christie to Take Part in Event

ASHTABULA, Ohio – Austintown-based author Nancy Christie will take part in Indie Author Bash from noon to 4 p.m. March 2 at Pretty Good Books, 4535 Main Ave.

Christie will sign copies of her most recent novel, “Reinventing Rita,” and her other books, including her latest short story collection, “Mistletoe Magic and Other Holiday Tales.”

She will donate a portion of her proceeds to Homesafe, Ashtabula County’s domestic violence shelter.

“‘Reinventing Rita’ is about a woman facing the reality of the empty-nest stage while, at the same time, she is confronted with financial difficulties,” Christie said. “But it’s also about having confidence in one’s ability and looking at past dreams to see if there is a way to bring them to fruition at this new life stage.”

The next book in the series, “Finding Fran,” will be released in May.

PBS Representative to Screen Circus Film

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Stephanie Virgallito of PBS Western Reserve will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Avalon Squaw Creek Country Club, 761 Youngstown-Kingsville Road SE, on “How Akron, Ohio, Saved the Ringling Brothers Circus.”

Her appearance is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s speaker series.

Virgallito will screen the PBS Western Reserve documentary of the same name, which describes how the circus regrouped after a devastating fire by launching its tour in Akron.

Admission is $15 ($10 for members). Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Pictured at top: Silvia Games DuBos will perform at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Youngstown on Sunday.

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