Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” performed at Stambaugh

Svilen Simeonov

Svilen Simeonov

Youngstown State University’s Gala Dana Festival Orchestra and Chorus, featuring nearly 250 choral and instrumental musicians, present Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, commonly called the Resurrection Symphony, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

Guest Maestro Svilen Simeonov from Sofia, Bulgaria, will conduct as part of YSU’s Bulgarian Cultural Exchange. Nearly 250 choral and instrumental musicians will perform the 80-minute piece, including musicians from the Dana School of Music, Stambaugh Chorus, area music teachers, and players from the Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, among others. In addition, Dana faculty members Misook Yun and Rachael Pavloski will perform vocal solos, and Ronald Gould, former Dana faculty member, will perform on Stambaugh Auditorium’s E.M. Skinner Opus 582 pipe organ.

In addition, master classes and rehearsals, open to the public and conducted by Maestro Simeonov and other members of the Dana faculty, will take place. See below for a complete schedule.

“Performing a Mahler symphony is a true privilege,” said Michael Crist, director of the YSU Dana School of Music. “Many musicians have not experienced this opportunity, and for many it is a ‘bucket list’ dream. Even the major symphony orchestras sparingly schedule performances of these works because of the resources required to produce a successful performance. A good performance of a Mahler Symphony is a sign of musical strength.”

Matt Pagac, general manager of Stambaugh Auditorium, added: “Stambaugh Auditorium is excited to be a part of the presentation of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. The collaborative effort involving so many organizations is great not only for Stambaugh Auditorium and YSU, but also the community as well. For the audience, this concert will be a rare opportunity to see and hear such a large ensemble of great musicians in one of the finest concert halls in the country.”

The concert is $5 for adults and free for students, regardless of the school they attend. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 330-259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at

Additional information regarding the master class and rehearsal schedule should be directed to the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.

Open Master Class and Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, April 22
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mahler Orchestra Rehearsal | Orchestra/Band Room Bliss Hall
6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mahler Chorus Rehearsal | Bliss Recital Hall

Tuesday, April 23
11 a.m. to 12 noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Music Appreciation Classes | RM 3137
5:30 to  6:30 p.m. Flute Master Class | Bliss Recital Hall
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mahler Orchestra Rehearsal | Orchestra/Band Room Bliss Hall

Wednesday, April 24
10 a.m. to noon: Mahler Orchestra Rehearsal | Orchestra/Band Room Bliss Hall
4 to 5:30 p.m. Conducting Students | Band/Orchestra Room Bliss Hall
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mahler Orchestra Rehearsal | Band/ Orchestra Room Bliss Hall

Thursday, April 25
3 to 5:00 p.m. Vocal Students Master Class | (Location TBD)

Friday, April 26
Noon Clarinet Seminar | Bliss Hall Room 3136