Michael Nichols, a keyboard performance major in Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, is featured in the new Music in the Morning program for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 18, in Faith Community Covenant Church, 1919 East Midlothian Blvd., in Youngstown.
Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are welcomed. A good will offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the society.
Nichols is a Youngstown native, attended Cardinal Mooney High School and graduated from Chaney VPA/STEM in Youngstown in 2012. He has performed in numerous Chaney VPA productions, both as a pianist and as a music arranger. Nichols plans to further pursue his education and career at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Nichols will play a varied repertoire, including Transcendental Etude #4 by Liszt, Piano Sonata Opus 31 #2 by Beethoven, and Valses Nobles & Tempest Sentimentales by Ravel.
The Music in the Morning programs are part of a community outreach initiative undertaken by the WHMHS in 2014, which also includes the Memories of a Lifetime series. The society seeks to promote the McGuffey legacy of citizenship, character, conservation, patriotism and the importance of literacy by offering high interest programs to the public. William Holmes McGuffey is known as “America’s Schoolmaster” and the author of the famous McGuffey Eclectic Readers, first published in 1836 and still in print. McGuffey’s homestead, now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, is located in Coitsville Township and is a National Historic Landmark. It was donated by the society to Mill Creek Metropark’s in 1998. For more information or to make reservations, phone Richard S. Scarsella, president of the WHMHS, at 330-726-8277.