YSU Offers a Week of Concerts, Art Exhibitions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A week of music performances and art exhibitions is scheduled at Youngstown State University this week, showcasing the talent of the school’s students and faculty. 

For information about any of the shows, go to ysu.edu/ccca.

Today (Nov. 27), the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kent Engelhardt, will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The concert will feature the premiere of “Blackjack” by YSU undergraduate student Aaron White. Vocalist Elizabeth Jadue will sing “Sometimes I’m Happy” and Kay Starr’s version of the holiday classic “The Man with The Bag.”

This week’s Music at Noon program, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at The Butler Institute of American Art, will feature the Dana School of Music’s Piano Studio. Admission is free.

YSU’s Percussion Ensemble, led by Glenn Schaft, will take the stage at YSU’s Ford Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This concert will feature the world premiere of a hand-drumming duet called “Lil’ Sumn’ Sumn'” by students Rachel Davidson and Nicholas Drees.

The Dana will present an evening of chamber music at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Bliss Recital Hall.

The Dana wind ensemble and concert band will give its final band concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stambaugh Auditorium. For tickets, go to stambaughauditorium.com.

The “Fall 2023 Graduating BFA Exhibition,” featuring the art and design work of students graduating in the fall semester, will open Friday at the McDonough Museum of Art and run through Dec. 16.

A second exhibition, “Community as Canvas – Murals by YSU Students,” will showcase representations of the murals done in and around Youngstown by students who have participated in the course led by professor Dragana Crnjak. It will run Dec. 1-16.

An opening reception for both exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum. The shows and reception are free and open to the public. The McDonough is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

On Saturday, the Dana will present Opera Scenes, a vocal recital at 6 p.m. in Spotlight Theater, lower level of Bliss Hall. The program, which features songs from popular operas, is free.

Capping the week will be a concert by the YSU Youth Orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at stambaughauditorium.com.

The Youth Orchestra program at YSU comprises two groups: the Symphony Orchestra, intended for high school-age students, showcasing woodwind, brass, percussion and string instruments; and the Symphonette, a string-only ensemble that is tailored primarily for middle school-age students.

Pictured at top: The YSU Youth Orchestra and Symphonette will team up for a Sunday concert at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.