Concert at DeYor benefits YSU SMARTS

Youngstown Area Community Concert Band

Youngstown Area Community Concert Band

The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band presents a benefit concert for Youngstown State University’s SMARTS―Students Motivated by the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Ford Family Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown.

Cash donations will be collected at the door by SMARTS volunteers, and all of the proceeds will benefit future SMARTS programming.

Nearly 40 SMARTS Sings! Students from first to 12th grade from throughout the area will open the concert singing the Star Spangled Banner with the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band. SMARTS Sings! is a free class offered at SMARTS afterschool programming this academic year. More than 60 students have participated in the class. SMARTS Sings! is directed by Kris Harper, music director at St. Patrick’s Church, with the assistance of Victor Cardamone and Samantha Kral, YSU students majoring in vocal music. SMARTS Sings! is an outgrowth of SMARTS Creating Original Opera Programming, which has been offered by SMARTS since 2000.

Rich Morgan of WKBN-TV/Fox Youngstown and WYTV will be a featured narrator in the performance of Aaron Copeland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” The music from the recent film “Les Miserables,” the timeless favorite “The Wizard of Oz,” and Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace” will also be featured in the 90-minute concert.

YSU SMARTS―Students Motivated by the Arts is a community art school that provides free classes to K-12 students in visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. SMARTS win/win model also gives YSU students opportunities in the arts as teachers, mentors, and volunteers making SMARTS a living/learning laboratory for them. SMARTS is currently celebrating its fifteenth birthday and has received many local, state and national awards.

Other upcoming SMARTS events include:

  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m. SMARTS Music Recital in Bliss Recital Hall on the YSU campus.
  • Friday, May 10, 6 pm. SMARTS Showcase at St. Patrick’s Church, Youngstown.

For more information on SMARTS visit or call Becky Keck, SMARTS director, at 330-941-2787.