The Update | Tenor, Pianist in Recital at Ford Hall; Labra Brothers to Release Song

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman, with pianist Yi-heng Yang, will perform at 7:30 p.m., March 26, at Ford Family Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert, which is part of Youngstown State University’s Pipino Performing Arts Series, are $30 ($25 for seniors, YSU faculty and staff; $5 for youths age 13-17) and are on sale at

Sulayman and Yang will perform “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us,” his original program of Franz Schubert songs. 

Sulayman has garnered international attention as a sophisticated and versatile artist. The 2019 Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Solo Vocal regularly performs on the world’s top stages in opera, orchestral concerts, recital and chamber music.

His performance of Bernstein’s “Mass” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was broadcast on PBS Great Performances in the spring of 2020. That fall, he appeared on the second season of the “Dickinson” series on Apple TV+.

Yang holds a doctorate in piano from the Juilliard School and studied forte piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. 

Labra Brothers to Release New Song

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Labra Brothers will release “Maybe,” their fourth single in four months, on March 25.

The song will appear on the Youngstown-based rock band’s upcoming album.

The Labra Brothers will perform March 26, at CODA, a music venue in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

Game Developer to Give Online Lecture

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Game developer, artist and educator Paolo Pedercini will give a free online lecture at 1 p.m., March 28, at

The lecture is part of the Beecher Art & Technology Lecture Series of Youngstown State University’s visual and dramatic arts department.

Pedercini teaches experimental game design, creative coding and animation at Carnegie Mellon University. He was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States in 2007 to study at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Pedercini’s artistic practice deals with the relationship between electronic entertainment and ideology. Working under the project name “molleindustria,” he produces video games addressing various social issues such as environmental justice, religion, labor and alienation.

Molleindustria obtained extensive media coverage and critical acclaim while hopping between digital art, academia, game industry, media activism and Internet folk art. In addition to his studio practice, he advocates for independent and socially conscious game making, within and without artistic contexts. 

For information, call the YSU events office at 330 727 7514. 

Jason Isbell to Headline Rock Festival

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The inaugural Maple House Music + Arts Festival will take place May 21 at Hartwood Acres Park. Headlining musical acts include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Black Pumas, Lake Street Dive, Elle King, Pittsburgh’s own Ghost Hounds and many more. Festival passes for the event start at $59 and go on sale at 10 a.m., March 25 at

The festival is owned by Pittsburgh record label and media company Maple House and produced by Elevation Festivals. Proceeds will benefit the Allegheny Parks.

Hartwood Acres is one of nine parks in the Allegheny County park system offer a variety of year-round recreational activities for the local community. 

Rudnytsky to Return for Concert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The New Music Guild will host a second appearance by pianist Roman Rudnytsky for its annual spring concert at 3 p.m., March 27, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St.

Rudnytsky last performed at the church in February.

At Sunday’s concert, he will perform a variety of classical and contemporary compositions including works by his father, the late Ukrainian composer/conductor Antin Rudnytsky; Robert Rollin of Youngstown; Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, and others.  

Violinist Gwyneth Rollin and pianist Rollin will also perform at the concert.

An after-party in honor of Rudnytsky will take place in the church’s fellowship hall immediately following the concert.  

Pictured: Karim Sulayman

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.