High school musicians from Poland Seminary High School and Wadsworth High School join Youngstown State University Dana School of Music faculty and student ensembles for the 9th Annual YSU Wind and Percussion Invitational 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.
Visiting students will participate in master classes with Dana professors during the day then participate in an evening concert at Stambaugh Auditorium with the YSU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Glenn Schaft, and the YSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by director of Bands, Dr. Stephen L. Gage, with soloist, Stacie Mickens, assistant professor of Horn.
The YSU Wind Ensemble is recently home from a two-day tour of northeast Ohio, where it completed its itinerary with a feature performance, their ninth invited guest appearance in the last 17 years, at the Ohio Music Education Association State Music Convention in Cleveland.
The YSU Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with a Ghanaian drum piece, Kpanlogo, which is a recreational dance and music style from Ghana, West Africa. The Poland Seminary High School Wind Ensemble will perform Grainger’s classic, Lincolnshire Posy, Fillmore’s The Crosley March, and Frank Ticheli’s Apollo Unleashed from the composer’s Second Symphony. The Wadsworth High School Wind Ensemble will open its program with Sousa’s invigorating, The Glory of the Yankee Navy. The group’s second selection will be a relatively new four-movement piece by Roger Cichy, Flowing Pens from Concord, which is a musical depiction of four great American authors-Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The ensemble’s closing selection will be Fillmore’s adaptation of Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna of Franz von Suppe.
After a brief intermission, the YSU Wind Ensemble will open its program with a new work composed by second-year YSU Dana School of Music student, Alex Miller, who graduated from Lakeview High School. Alex’s Fanfare for Wind Ensemble was premiered on the band’s recent tour. The ensemble will then play Anthony O’Toole’s exciting, Up!, Brian Balmage’s virtuosic solo for horn entitled, Pele for Solo Horn and Wind Ensemble, a wind band setting of Morten Lauridsen’s beautiful O Magnum Mysterium. The YSU WE will close its performance with a funk and rhythm and blues influenced composition by University of Michigan composer, Michael Daugherty, entitled Niagara Falls.
This concert will end with a combined Wind Ensemble performance of John Philip Sousa’s classic, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Tickets available at 330-259-0555, in person at the Box Office, online at www.stambaughauditorium.com and at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Individuals with a YSU ID are free. For more information, call 330-941-3636.