The Update | Renowned Concert Pianist in Concert; Scacchetti’s Restaurant Closes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The New Music Guild will host pianists Roman Rudnytsky and Ben Malkevitch for its annual winter concerts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St.

The two guest artists will perform solos and will also collaborate on piano-four-hands music. 

The first concert will be the church’s 4 p.m. Saturday Mass, which will include special music by the guest artists and guild coordinators Gwyneth Rollin, violin, and Robert Rollin, piano. The Rollins will perform Robert Rollin’s Variations and Interludes on an Old Polish Carol. Several other works will complement portions of the prayers.

The Feb. 6 concert will include a variety of new, classical and popular pieces. Among the works to be played will be the piano world premiere of Robert Rollin’s Fantasia on “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”.

An after party will take place in the church’s basement hall after the Sunday concert.

A renowned concert pianist, Rudnytsky has had a long and varied career performing solo recitals and concertos with orchestras all over the world.  A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and laureate of the Leventritt Competition, Rudnytsky taught at the School of Music at Indiana University, at the College Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati, and at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.  

Malkevitch is a versatile pianist, organist, conductor, and opera and musical comedy director. He serves on the collaborative piano staff of the Cleveland Institute of Music, is choir director and organist at the Lakewood Congregational Church, and is accompanist for the Masters Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio.  

Scacchetti’s Restaurant Permanently Closes

CANFIELD, Ohio — Scacchetti’s Ironwood Grille, which had been closed since the beginning of the year because of a worker shortage, has closed permanently.

The announcement was posted Tuesday on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“After months of searching, we have not been able to find ample kitchen staff needed to operate a fine dining restaurant,” the post staed. “[The executive chef] and the sous chef cannot physically continue to serve the large amount of business our restaurant has generated over the years by themselves. It is a distressing time in our country when a very successful business must close its doors because people choose not to work.”

Eastwood Mall Plans Ice Fest

NILES, Ohio — Don’t curse the cold weather. Embrace it! That’s the idea behind the Eastwood Ice Fest. Students of the hospitality program at Kent State University have partnered with the Eastwood Event Centre to create a wintry event for the whole community. It will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

Ice Carving will take place outside the Eastwood Event Centre. Inside, families will be able to enjoy a hot cocoa bar, chili cook-off, activities for children and more. All activities are free.

Other events planned at Eastwood Mall Complex this month:

Feb. 6: Engaged: A Bridal Experience, Eastwood Event Centre, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb. 8: Tuesday For Toddlers Valentine Craft, Center Court, 11 a.m. to noon.

Feb. 12 and 13: American Heart Association heart drive and blood-pressure screening, in conjunction with St. Joe’s at the Mall,  Center Court, 11 and to 2 p.m.

Feb. 17: Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley “Start My Business” workshop, Eastwood Mall Community Room, 4 to 6 p.m.

Feb. 21: Junior Achievement “Start My Business” workshop, Eastwood Community Room, 2 to 4 p.m.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.