Dana presents cello, piano, guitar and Latin rhythms this week

Cello, piano and guitar music, as well as Latin rhythms, are featured in free events and concerts presented by Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music over the next week:

Faculty guitar recital

Faculty artist recital featuring Francois Fowler, guitar, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Bliss Recital Hall.

Fowler will present a classical guitar repertoire, including three of his own original compositions: Meditation (2010), Shadowlands ‘after C.S. Lewis’ (2008), and Wavelength Sonata (2013), as well additional selections by Mertz, J.S. Bach and Albeniz.

Fowler has performed in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and is the recipient of national and international prizes, including a finalist in the 2001 Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition. A faculty member at the Dana School of Music, he maintains an active guitar studio and coaches guitar ensembles. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a doctorate from Florida State University.

The recital is open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

America's Music“America’s Music” series

Latin Rhythms From Mambo to Hip Hop are featured in the next segment of “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown.

The series of programs focuses on uniquely American musical traditions. The March 19 event includes with a performance by Lee Beitzel and the YSU Dance Studio, and lecture by Ewelina Boczkowska. Two film screenings and discussions will also take place: Latin Music USA, Episode 1, Bridges and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale.

Patrons will have the opportunity to be seated directly on the Stambaugh Auditorium stage to enjoy each program. Popcorn and other refreshments will be sold.

Youngstown is one of only 50 sites nationwide to host the program series, a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music.

For more information, contacting the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County at 330-744-8636 or Stambaugh Auditorium at 330-747-5175.

Ismar Gomes and Wan-Chi Su

Ismar Gomes and Wan-Chi Su

Cello and piano guest performance

Cellist Ismar Gomes and pianist Wan-Chi Su perform 3 p.m., Sunday, March 23, in Bliss Recital Hall.

The free concert will feature works spanning a century of romantic music for cello and piano, including Debussy’s cello sonata, Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major, Opus 69 and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata.

An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Gomes has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Towson New Music Ensemble, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. He serves as assistant principal of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and principal of Bel Cantanti Opera. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including two tours of the Netherlands in addition to concerts in France and Canada. Most recently he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Amsterdam City Hall, Château de Fontainebleau, Harris Hall, the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian.

Taiwanese pianist Wan-Chi Su has enjoyed an active career as a solo and chamber musician, having performed at multiple venues in Asia, Europe and the United States. She has been a prize-winner at national and international piano competitions, and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying and the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Baltimore.

This event is open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.