The Update | Local Choirs to Perform at Carnegie Hall; Summer Concert Lineups Unveiled

NEW YORK – Hae-Jong Lee, a professor and director of choral activities at Youngstown State University, will conduct the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a large chorus that will include several Mahoning Valley choirs in a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday.

The 7 p.m. concert was initially scheduled for May 2020 but was delayed twice because of the pandemic.

The ensemble and chorus – which will include six choirs from the Youngstown area, Pennsylvania and South Korea – will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem.” The performance will feature soprano Renata Vari as guest vocalist.

The choirs are the Youngstown Cantorum and Stambaugh Chorus, both of Youngstown; Shenango Valley Chorale, Hickory High School Chamber Singers, both of Hermitage, Pa.;  Franklin High School Madrigal Singers, Franklin, Pa.; and Noel Chorus, Busan, South Korea.

In addition to his role at YSU, Hae-Jong Lee is the director of the Youngstown Cantorum, Stambaugh Chorus and Warren Civic Chorus.

To learn more about Sunday’s concert, go to

Concerts at Morley Pavilion

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mill Creek MetroParks has announced the lineup for its annual Live! at the Morley concert series.

Shows will take place at the Judge Morley Pavilion at the Wick Recreation Area on McCollum Road. All performances are free and family friendly and start at 7 p.m. Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Here is the schedule:

June 8: 3ThreeYo (funk rock).

June 15: John Reese Project (jazz, R&B, pop).

July 13: Justified (country).

July 20: The Del Sinchak Band (polka).

Aug. 10: Swing Time Big Band (swing and Latin).

Aug. 17: K Street (funk).

Riverwalk Park Summer Concerts

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The annual summer concert series at Riverwalk Park in downtown New Castle has announced its lineup. All shows start at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food trucks will be present.

June 24: The Dorals, accompanied by a car show presented by Rapid Tappets car club on East Washington and East streets.

July 1: Let’s Groove Tonight, an Earth Wind and Fire tribute band, with opening act Kali Davies-Anderson.

July 22: The Wait.

July 22: Grandview Soul.

Aug. 5: The Wrangler Band.

Aug. 19: The Labra Brothers.

‘Rent’ Tickets Are Now on Sale

WARREN, Ohio – Tickets are now on sale for Kent State-Trumbull Theatre’s summer stock production of the rock musical “Rent.”

With direction by Melanie Lucas, music direction by Emma Wason, and choreography by Dana Warren-Tolios, the production will feature a cast of new and veteran actors.

The Broadway run of “Rent” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. It closed closed in 2008 after 12 years, making it one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

The Kent-Trumbull campus performances will be at 7:30 p.m. July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30; and 2 p.m. July 24 and 31. For information or to purchase tickets, to or call the box office at 330 675 8887 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Color Run in New Castle

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts and Education at the Hoyt’s inaugural 5K Color Run in downtown New Castle will take place Saturday, May 28.  More than 100 participants are expected to cross the finish line in a cloud of color at Riverwalk Park by 5:30 p.m.

However, the Color Run is more than just a race.  It’s the first public event in Lawrence County acknowledging National Pride month with an inclusive after-party that is open to everyone.

“This isn’t a rally but an opportunity to learn about and experience another thread in the fabric of our community,” said Kim Koller-Jones, Hoyt’s executive director. 

Resources for the LGBTQ+ community will be available at the event, which will include family-friendly activities, music, food and drink from  Venti Sei Winery, the Alternative Food Truck, Rita’s Italian Ice and Popped Envy. Admission is free.

To register for the Color Run, go to hoytartcenter/colorrun.

Fresh Marketplace Begins Summer Season

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Fresh Marketplace will take place at the intersection of Chestnut and Vine streets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 17.

Housed in a large refurbished barn surrounded by a colorful mural, the event includes breakfast and lunch, farm and art vendors, children’s activities and locally produced goods.

This year will also feature a children’s craft at the Marketplace that coincides with Storytelling in the Park presented by New Castle Public Library starting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at the New Wilmington Amphitheater.

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Auditions for ‘Grease’ at Trumbull New Theatre

NILES, Ohio – Auditions for Trumbull New Theatre’s production of “Grease” will take place Sunday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. The theater is at 5883 Youngstown Warren Road.

The cast requires eight females and nine males between ages 16 and 23. Actors must be able to sing and dance and be available for rehearsals in June.

Performances will be July 8-10 and July 15-17.

Cable Show Will Critique Local Musical Artists

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Armstrong Neighborhood Channel’s new show, “Artist Impact” will premiere May 30. Subscribers to the cable TV provider will find it on channel 100, with the podcast version on most mainstream services, including Buzzsprout, IHeart and Pandora.

“Artist Impact” will spotlight local musicians, bands, musical artists and songwriters. It will be hosted by SounDoctrine’s Jere B and include appearances by professional panelists who will critique the performances.

Pictured at top: Totally 80s performs at a past concert at Riverwalk Park in New Castle. Photo by Aaron Elliott.

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