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Dana Clarinet Ensemble DayFeb 13  |  12:00 - 5:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The event is geared for ninth through twelfth graders who will team up with members of the Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Alice Wang, to strengthen their skills; learn valuable techniques and find out more about the Dana School of Music.

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Dana Clarinet Ensemble DayFeb 13  |  12:00 - 5:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The Dana School of Music presents Dana Clarinet Ensemble day on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from noon – 5:00 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall. The activities are free; however, advance registration is requested by emailing Dr. Alice Wang at amwang AT ysu DOT edu.

The event is geared for ninth through twelfth graders who will team up with members of the Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Alice Wang, to strengthen their skills; learn valuable techniques and find out more about the Dana School of Music.

A concluding concert by all students in attendance will occur at 5:00 p.m. Attendees should contact Dr. Wang in advance to receive the music that will be needed for the day.

More information is available by calling the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.

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Faculty and Guest Artist Chamber RecitalFeb 14  |  3:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

Guest artists Michelle Abraham, violin and Vincent Scacchetti, viola will join Dana faculty Joseph Kromholz, violin; Jeffrey Singler, cello; and Cicilia Yudha, piano in an afternoon of music to recognize Valentine’s Day

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Facutly Guest Artist Chamber RecitalFeb 14  |  3:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The Dana School of Music announces a faculty and guest artist recital on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public, which is invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Guest artists Michelle Abraham, violin and Vincent Scacchetti, viola will join Dana faculty Joseph Kromholz, violin; Jeffrey Singler, cello; and Cicilia Yudha, piano in an afternoon of music to recognize Valentine’s Day.

The program includes Antonin Dvorak’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, “American” and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44.

Violinist Michelle Abraham is a passionate chamber musician and educator, dedicated to finding new ways of connecting with audiences and students alike.  Michelle serves on the advisory board and performs regularly on the M.U.S.i.C. (Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics) concert series in Northeast Ohio, and is a founding member of the Thalia String Quartet. She has appeared at chamber music festivals across the country and beyond, including the Banff Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, Kneisel Hall in Maine, the Taos School of Music in New Mexico, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy, and the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, and has performed recitals to benefit the Paul Merkelo Scholarship fund in Montréal, Quebec.  Equally active in the orchestral scene, Michelle is the concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and performs throughout the mid-west with orchestras including the Cleveland Pops, Kalamazoo, and Canton Symphony Orchestras.  She has served as concertmaster with the Aspen Music Festival Concert Orchestra and guest concertmaster with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Joseph Kromholz teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. Hailing from New York and Virginia, Mr. Kromholz studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and economics at Case Western Reserve University, followed by doctoral studies at New England Conservatory. He also taught college music theory for eight years. As a chamber music coach, he has taught at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio, at SUNY Stony Brook’s summer chamber institute, and at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.

Vincent Scacchetti is Adjunct Professor of Violin & Viola at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He currently maintains a private studio in Boardman. He performs regularly as Principal Viola of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Opera Circle Cleveland, Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Opera Western Reserve and as a section violist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University (2000) and the Master of Music degree from Miami University (2006). His primary teachers include Kathryn Walker, Edward H. Adelson, Mary E. M. Harris, Evan N. Wilson, and Paul Frankenfeld.

Jeff Singler is a professional cellist and educator based out of Cleveland. Mr. Singler is currently cello faculty at Youngstown State University and at Ohio University, and is a private cello instructor in the Cleveland area. He performs with the Walden Players, Obsidian Quartet, Columbus Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and as Principal Cello of The Ohio Valley Symphony. Mr. Singler holds degrees from Youngstown State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has taken part in the Aspen Music Festival and the Bowdoin Music Festival where he was performing and teaching assistant to Peter Howard.

Indonesian pianist Dr. Cicilia Yudha is assistant professor of keyboard musicianship at Youngstown State University. She made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in 2003.

Yudha was a winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, New England Conservatory Commencement Concerto Competition, and UNC Greensboro Student Artist Concerto Competition resulting in performances with each orchestra. Yudha earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she received Graduate Assistantship, taught piano for non-keyboard majors, and coordinated the class piano program.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and also earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance with honors from New England Conservatory of Music.

Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at web.ysu.edu/cac.

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Artist Lecture | John PeñaFeb 16  |  5:10 PM  |  McDonough Museum of Art

John Peña is a visual artist, illustrator and educator who creates art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions

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Artist Lecture | John PeñaFeb 16  |  5:10 PM  |  McDonough Museum of Art

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art announces a lecture by visual artist John Peña on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5:10 p.m. at the McDonough Museum of Art on YSU’s campus. Sponsored by the Department of Art Visiting Lecture Series, the lecture is free and open to the public.

John Peña is a visual artist, illustrator and educator who creates art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. Originally from the desert of Washington State, he now resides in Pittsburgh, PA where he makes a drawing every day, bikes around the city and loves hanging out in Allegheny Cemetery. 

A few of Peña's projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last ten years and creating a pirate radio station that played extinct birds sounds. John has attended a number of residencies including Skowhegan, Bemis & The Fine Arts Work Center. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award as An Emerging Artist and recently created an artwork for the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh.

In 2005 he earned a B.F.A. in Painting from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA and in 2008 he received an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

He says of his work, “How I come to notice these small moments in my environment is still a bit of a mystery. I attribute it largely to my tendency to look at and document all the mundane experiences that occur in a day. Writing a letter to the ocean every day has caused me to reflect more consciously on these seemingly inconsequential moments. While writing these letters, I found myself beginning to complement the writing with more refined drawings. Frustrated by the lack of visual cohesion, I decided, instead, to create two documents a day: A daily letter to the ocean and a daily drawing.

Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at web.ysu.edu/ccac.

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YSU Concert Band and Percussion EnsembleFeb 22  |  7:30 PM  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

YSU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Stephen L. Gage, ConductorYSU Percussion Ensemble, Ed Davis and Dustin May, DirectorsSoloist: Dr. James C. Umble, saxophone

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YSU Concert Band and Percussion EnsembleFeb 22  |  7:30 PM  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

The Dana School of Music announces a concert featuring the YSU Concert Band and the YSU Percussion Ensemble on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH.

The YSU Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Brandt Payne will perform Ron Nelson’s Courtly Airs and Dances, Derek Bourgeois’ Serenade, Op. 22, David Maslanka’s Mother Earth (A Fanfare) and Gustav Holst Second Suite in F for Military Band Op. 28, No. 2. The repertoire varies from a contemporary setting of dance music from the Renaissance to newly composed works and a wind band masterwork.

The YSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Ed Davis and Dustin May, will round out the evening to include music for both traditional and mixed instrumentation. Robert Oetomo's arrangement of the Harold Arlen classic, Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a fresh take on the classic song featuring YSU student Nathan Negro on marimba; Slap Shift by J.B. Smith features a sextet playing intricate Afro-Cuban rhythms on congas; and Ed Davis' arrangement Samba! is a medley of traditional Brazilian samba rhythms.  

Tickets are available at Stambaugh Auditorium that evening and are $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and students; and free with a valid YSU ID.

Free parking is available at Stambaugh Auditorium. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at web.ysu.edu/ccac

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Musicology PhotoMusicology Lecture | Michael Baumgartner Feb 26  |  4:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

Baumgartner is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Cleveland State University, and the author of the monograph Exiled Goddesses: Women Statues in the Stage Works of Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Othmar Schoeck (Olms, 2012)

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Musicology Lecture  |  Micheal BaumgartnerFeb 26  |  4:00 PM  | Bliss Recital Hall

The Dana School of Music announces a lecture by Cleveland State University musicologist Michael Baumgartner on Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:00 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public

Baumgartner is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Cleveland State University, and the author of the monograph Exiled Goddesses: Women Statues in the Stage Works of Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Othmar Schoeck (Olms, 2012). He is currently writing a book on Jean-Luc Godard’s use of music in his films.

Baumgartner’s research comprises music in relation to the other arts (cinema, theatre and visual arts), music of the twentieth and twenty-first century (Kurt Weill, Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, and Duke Ellington), and the exploration of the narrative capacity of music. Much of his research is published in numerous collections, dictionaries, and journals.

Baumgartner’s lecture will focus on Jean-Luc Godard’s early films from 1960 to around 1966 revealing an ironic reflection of Hollywood cinema from the 1940s and 1950s. Godard treats the music in his early films from the same self-reflexive standpoint as he does with all the other cinematic devices. One Hollywood genre Godard was particularly fond of was the musical. In a 1958 review of Stanley Donen’s The Pajama Game Godard claims that the “musical comedy … is, in a sense, the idealization of cinema.” Hence, his second film, A Woman Is a Woman (1961), idealizes the MGM Freed unit musicals from the 1950s and at the same time announces the end of the classical Hollywood musical. Godard’s fascination with Hollywood musicals also resonates in his further films. Pierrot le fou (1965), Band of Outsiders (1964) and A Married Woman (1964) are frequently interrupted by popular songs and dance numbers, which bear no immediate association to the story of these films. Such references to the Hollywood musical solidify the notion that Godard uses film music as meta-film music.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Dana School of Music and the Dana Research Society, a student organization promoting student research in music. For specific information on this lecture, email Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska ateboczkowska AT ysu DOT edu.  

Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307. A complete calendar of events is available at web.ysu.edu/cac.

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Intersections Biennial Faculty Exhibition PhotoINTERSECTIONS Biennial Faculty ExhibitionJAN 21 - FEB 26  |  McDonough Museum of Art

The Biennial Faculty Exhibition is an exploration of innovation and tradition. The work includes current research by Department of Art faculty imparting new vision and re-investigating long standing practices in the fields of Art and Design.

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INTERSECTIONS Biennial Faculty ExhibitionJAN 21 - FEB 26  |  McDonough Museum of Art

Public Reception, Thursday, January 21, 6-8pmINTERSECTIONS, the Biennial Faculty Exhibition will be on display at the John J McDonough Museum of Art from January 21- February 26. Intersections is an exploration of innovation and tradition. This biennial exhibition of current research by Department of Art faculty imparts new vision and re-investigates long standing practices in the fields of Art and Design. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 21 from 6-8pm.

Several artists will be participating in FACULTY TALKS giving lectures throughout the run of the Intersection exhibition.FACULTY TALKSAdam Sullivan | “Taking Care” | Wed., 1/27 at 12:30pm | Museum GalleriesLauren Baker | Tues., 2/2 at 5:00 pm | Museum AuditoriumDr. Lillian Lewis | “Commodity, Culture, and Collaboration” | Wed., 2/3 at 1:30pm |  MuseumGalleries RJ Thompson | ”The City of You: Rebranding Youngstown Ohio” | Thurs., 2/11 12:00pm | Museum GalleriesDana Sperry | Tues., 2/23 at 5:00 pm | Museum Auditorium

FACULTY TALKSOn Wednesday, January 27 at 12:30pm Adam Sullivan will present a lecture, “Taking Care” in the Museum Galleries. He is an artist who works in paper, illustration, and painting. He is guided by both frustration and delight in the innate properties of a medium, and considers the material limitations a medium imposes a vital influence on his working method: the inscrutable symbolism and manic fantasy of his paper works are a product of the graphic simplicity and clarity of the hard-edged, unmodulated forms of cut paper along with the possibility for free association entailed in collage,while the Spartan somberness and sobriety of the oil portraits derive from a self-imposed limited palette and the requirement that a painting be finished alla prima.

Lauren Baker will be speaking on Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00pm in the Museum Auditorium. She received her MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Vermont and is in the collections of Kent State University and Mercedes Benz Financial Services. She is the recipient of many awards including a recent grant to attend Vermont Studio Center last June. She currently lives in Massillon, Ohio where she maintains her studio and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Art at YSU.

On Wednesday, February 3 at 1:30pm Dr. Lillian Lewis will present “Commodity, Culture, and Collaboration.” She is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at YSU. Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. in Art Education with a graduate minor in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University. She received her M.A. in Art Education and was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Museum Education from the University of North Texas. Hertext-based and studio research explores relationships between digital and analog learning communities in school and non-school settings, the nature of collaboration in the context of research and the role of institutional critique in social justice.

RJ Thompson, a practicing graphic designer, graphic design educator, and entrepreneur currently teaching graphic, web, and interactive design at YSU, will give a lecture entitled The City of You: Rebranding Youngstown, Ohio in the Museum Galleries on Thursday, February 11 at noon. The City of You, was developed by RJ and his Youngstown Design Works students. The campaign was part of an economic development strategy offering a new narrative focus for Youngstown and was part of a federal grant received from the Economic Development Administration.

On Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00pm Dana Sperry, currently Associate Professor and Digital Media area coordinator will present a lecture in the auditorium. He will be talking about a series of video and coded-based generative artworks that explore themes of isolation and anxiety of contemporary life. In addition, he will talk about his collaboration with Natalya Pinchuk titled “Dreaming Youngstown.” This social practice project focusing on brainstorming potential futures for vacant lots and buildings will act as a counterpoint to his solo work. The talk will explore the different ways he attempts to create meaning and explore the potential of ‘art’ making.

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