The Update | New Music Guild Concert; ‘Flu Season,’ ‘Margaritaville’ to Open

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The New Music Guild will open its 2023-24 season with a free concert by cellist Silvia Games DuBos and pianist Patrick Wickliffe at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St. 

The duo will perform pieces by classical and modern composers.

The New Music Guild focuses on the performance of works by living composers and sponsors visits by guest composers and performers. The season culminates with the nationally recognized May Festival, which includes concerts and lectures as well as elementary and high school educational events.

DuBos, an Argentinian, is principal cellist of the Washington, Pa., and Greenville symphonies and is a cellist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She is also artistic director of the ArsDocta International Music Festival. 

Wickliffe, a collaborative pianist and composer, has been a church musician in greater Cleveland for the past decade.

The concert will open with performances by New Music Guild coordinators Gwyneth Rollin, violin, and Robert Rollin, piano. 

An after-party will take place in the church fellowship hall following the concert.

‘Flu Season’ to Open at Playhouse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “The Flu Season” will open a two-weekend run Friday at The Youngstown Playhouse.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Moyer Room.

Tickets are $17 and can be purchased HERE.

The play, written by Will Eno, is directed by Pat Foltz. It is an unconventional tale that follows the relationship of a couple known simply as Man and Woman, who are patients in a mental hospital.

Man and Woman are attended by well-meaning Doctor and Nurse, who are just as detached from reality as the patients. Two literary devices-turned-characters, Prologue and Epilogue, guide the audience through the story, framing each scene and offering sharp commentary along the way.

Matthew Mazuroski is the stage manager and set designer.

The cast includes Adam Dominick, Nailah Thomas, Aaron Newell, Eric Kibler, James Hain and Jeanine Rees.

‘Margaritaville’ at Kent-Trumbull Theater

WARREN, Ohio – Kent State University at Trumbull Theater will present “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville” for eight performances beginning Friday.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and 16-18; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19.

Eric Kildow is the director; Matt White is music director; and Emelia Sherin is choreographer.

Tickets are $20 ($17 for students and seniors; $15 for children under 13), plus fees. To purchase in advance, click HERE.

“Escape to Margaritaville” is a jukebox musical by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, based on the songs of the late Jimmy Buffett, who died this year. It premiered in 2017.

The plot revolves around a part-time bartender and singer who falls for a career-minded tourist. The show’s music consists of songs previously recorded by Buffett, and written by him and various other songwriters, with one exception, the original song “Three Chords.”

The show premiered on Broadway in 2018, and a national tour was launched in 2019.

Christmas in Killarney Craft Show

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Irish Festival will present the second annual Christmas in Killarney craft show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Bean’s Petri Club, 3650 Shady Run Road.

Those who bring a bag of unexpired, nonperishable food items or a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free sheet of basket raffle tickets. All donated items will be given to a local nonprofit to help those in need.

The event will offer unique vendors, free photos with Santa Claus, a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, a children’s area, live music and corned beef hash.

Beelen to Speak at Boardman Park

BOARDMAN, Ohio – George Beelen, a professor emeritus at Youngstown State University and founder of the Ohio Cultural Alliance, will discuss his new book, “Genius Knows No Boundaries,” at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Nov. 11, at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park. 

Admission is free.

Beelen’s 45-minute address will be followed by a question and answer period. The Boardman Historical Society is presenting the event.

He replaces Alan May, organized crime author, who was originally scheduled to speak.

Beelen founded the Ohio Cultural Alliance 30 years ago. He is also the co-founder of the Ethnic Heritage Society and received the society’s Vision Award for his pioneering efforts to save Mahoning Valley’s varied ethnic social and cultural history.

Beelen is currently the president of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and is a former Austintown Township trustee.

Candlelight Dinner and Concert

PULASKI, Pa. – The River Valley Community Resource Center, 320 Shenango St., will present a Candlelight Dinner and Concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $40, which includes dinner and a performance by the Lawrence County Brass Band. 

Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 11; go to

Dana Piano Trio at Grove City College

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Dana Piano Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Arnold Recital Hall of the Pew Fine Arts Center at Grove City College.

The trio is composed of Youngstown State University faculty Wendy Case, violin; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; and Cicilia Yudha, piano.

For tickets, go to

Pictured at top: Silvia Games DuBos and Patrick Wickliffe will perform in concert for the New Music Guild on Sunday.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.