Carols & Cocoa, Dana Holiday Concert Dec. 3

carols and cocoa 2014Carols & Cocoa and the Dana Holiday Concert, the Dana School of Music’s annual holiday music extravaganza, will be presented 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, by phone at 330-259-0555, or online at Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students from other schools and senior citizens; and free for children under 12, YSU faculty, staff and students with a valid YSU ID.

“Carols and Cocoa began as a modest sing-along in the Bliss Hall lobby and has progressed to an outstanding musical evening consisting of the informal Carols and Cocoa segment, and the more formal Holiday Concert,” said Michael Crist, Dana director. “Stambaugh Auditorium is a beautiful venue for these performances. We are humbled that the community supports the Dana School of Music in such a public way.”

Carols & Cocoa, featuring seasonal favorites and culminating in a holiday sing-along, will be performed in Stambaugh’s Ballroom. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary cocoa will be available.

Featured groups are: Trombone Ensemble, directed by Michael Crist; Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Alice Wang; Dana Early Music Ensemble, directed by Randy Goldberg; Dana Flute Ensemble, directed by Kathryn Umble; University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Dana Chorale and the Stambaugh Chorus, directed by Hae-Jong Lee.

After a brief intermission, guests are invited upstairs to the Concert Hall where the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring selections from Handel’s Messiah and Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone by John Williams, plus other holiday standards performed by Dana ensembles and soloists. The Dana Symphonic Choir, Stambaugh Chorus and Dana Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists Misook Yun, soprano, and Jason Budd, bass, will perform Messiah selections. The high school guest ensemble is the Boardman High School Chorale, directed by Linda Smrek.

Additionally, the Dana Brass Quintet, directed by Stacie Mickens; YSU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Alton Merrell; and the Dana Symphony Orchestra, directed by Stephen Gage, will perform. Soloists include Joseph Kromholz, violin and Cicilia Yudha, piano. Organist Kathy Davison Miller will provide an organ postlude on Stambaugh’s E. M. Skinner pipe organ.

For the second year, patrons may view the Holiday Concert as a live streaming event on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8 going to and clicking on the link.

YSU’s student internet radio station, Rookery Radio, will rebroadcast the concert on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and again on Christmas Day at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Visit and click on the link under “Listen Now.”

For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.