Musicology lecture, New Music concert, Dana Symphony performance

Ray Knapp

Ray Knapp

A lecture on musicals and disabilities, a concert by the New Music Society and a Dana Symphony Orchestra performance are among the upcoming items on the calendar of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.

Musicology lecture

Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents a free lecture by noted musicologist Raymond Knapp at 4 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 1, in Bliss Recital Hall. The lecture is titled, “Waitin’ for the Light to Shine: Musicals and Disability.”

The event is open to the public. Parking is available in the M1 parking deck for a nominal fee.

Knapp, professor of Musicology at UCLA, has authored four books and co-edited two others, including Symphonic Metamorphoses: Subjectivity and Alienation in Mahler’s Re-Cycled Songs, The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity (winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism), The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity, and The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical (with Mitchell Morris and Stacy Wolf). He has also published on such topics as Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, nationalism, allusion, and film music. His current book project considers Haydn and American popular music in the context of German Idealism.

The Musicology Guest Lectures are sponsored by the Dana Research Society, a student organization devoted to the promotion of student research in music. In addition to hosting guest lectures by distinguished musicologists, the group meets regularly for film screenings and music discussions. For more information about the program, email Ewelina Boczkowska at

Knapp will talk about how musicals celebrate physical abilities like singing and dancing that are denied in significant measure to many with disabilities. Yet musicals’ insistence on incorporating the marginalized into communities has yielded important instances of disabled individuals figuring in musicals’ plots; moreover, musicals have often enough become part of the lives of disabled populations. In his talk, Knapp will first consider a handful of shows that deal directly with disability, including Porgy and Bess, The Music Man, The Who’s Tommy, Wicked, and Next to Normal. He will discuss a number of revelatory instances of musical performance figuring in lives of the deaf and hearing-impaired, focusing particularly on the recent Broadway revival of Big River as reconfigured by Deaf West Theatre, with its transformative integration of an expressive choreography based on signing into an existing musical.

Avguste Antonov

Avguste Antonov

New Music concerts

Youngstown State University’s New Music Society hosts Texas pianist Avguste Antonov in a series of public concerts this week: 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Butler Institute of American Art; 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Bliss Recital Hall; and 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct.24 at Holy Apostles Church, Covington Ave.

He also will perform at Chaney Middle and High School on Friday, Oct. 25. The Chaney concert is not open to the public.

Antonov is an active piano soloist specializing in recent music. He has played recitals domestically and internationally, has been soloist with numerous symphonies and has an extensive performance schedule this year. Antonov teaches at the Master’s Touch School of Music and Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas, where he has an extensive studio.

The New Music Society concerts will include Antonov’s performances of two works by composer Carter Pann, who now teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Antonov will also play two works by Dana Faculty member Robert Rollin, and pieces by two other local composers –  Richard Zacharias and senior composition major Samantha Hogan.

Graduate student Sean Baran will present composer Alexander Tcherepnin’s Bagatelles, Op. 5 for piano, a set of ten short pieces. Senior Aaron Lockhart will play piano with Rachel Minto, flute, in the world premiere of his Oblique Motions II.  Clarinetist Chris Nutter and pianist Jerry Rezanka will premiere senior Ryan Cunningham’s composition Unexpected Journeys. Richard Zacharias will hear his All Right, Time to Go played by Dana alumna Natalie Sahyoun, violin, and Alison Morris, piano. Undergrad composer Jesse Martin will premiere his Delicious Yellow Goo Variations 1 and 2. Martin composes for computer games and performs as a professional rock guitarist and composer.

With the exception of the concert at Chaney, all concerts free and open to the public, although free-will offerings are welcome. For more information, call 330-941-3636.

Symphony Orchestra performance

Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents the Dana Symphony Orchestra in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Youngstown.

Director John Wilcox has fashioned a program with a nod to his parents’ heritage as well as his own childhood home. The Fall concert will feature Eastern European favorites including the Overture to the Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, three Slavonic Dances (Op. 46, Nos. 1-3) by Antonin Dvorak and Smetana’s Moldau. The second half of the program features Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma”- Variations (OP. 36) and conclude with Sensemaya, by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.

Concert tickets are $5, $4 for students and senior citizens, and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 330-259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at  For more information, call 330-941-3636.