YSU’s New Musical Festival features concerts, seminars, lecturers

Kathy Henkel, guest composer

Youngstown State University’s 28th annual Dana School of Music New Music Festival features eight concerts with a wide variety of styles and media and several lectures and seminars running April 23 to May 2.

All performances and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636. For a complete calendar of events, visit http://web.ysu.edu/fpa.

Featured is guest composer Kathy Henkel, whose compositions have been played in England, Italy, Austria, Canada, Mexico and across the United States. Henkel’s Salve Regina for voice and harp and Book of the Hours for harp will be played 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29 at a recital at Sts. Peter and Paul, 421 Covington St. in Youngstown.

The Festival’s Gala Concert is set for 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown and includes performances by the Festival Chamber Orchestra, the St. Columba Cathedral Choir, and various chamber ensembles with Dana faculty and students. The Festival Orchestra will premiere works by two junior Dana students, Carol Smolka and Brandon Loewit. The group will also present a piece by Dana alumnus Jason Howard, now a member of the Theory/Composition faculty at Westminster College, and a piece by and Dana faculty member Robert Rollin.

Holly Roadfelt, part of duoARtia

Two recitals featuring guest artists will also be presented at the Festival. The duoARtia, comprised of pianists Holly Roadfeldt and Jeri-Mae Astolfi, performs 8 p.m., Monday, April 23, in Bliss Recital Hall.  The program will include works by Rollin, Westminster College composer Daniel Perttu and Chatham University composer Federico Garcia.

Concert accordionist Mary Tokarski, an internationally-acclaimed soloist and educator, will present a recital 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 at Sts. Peter and Paul. Tokarski will also give two lectures during the Festival.

Additional recitals are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, April 27 in Bliss Recital Hall and 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, in the Butler Institute of American Art.

In addition, at 8 p.m., Monday, April 30, the Dana Wind Ensemble, Dana Chorale and University Chorus will perform at Stambaugh Auditorium. The guest composer is Jerry Ascione, a Dana alumnus.  Ascione played Assistant Principal Horn in the United States Naval Academy Band and won the jazz piano position with “The Commodores” of the United States Navy Band, later becoming its leader and musical director from 1989-1997.  He then assumed the role of piano soloist with the Navy Concert Band.

The complete Festival schedule:

Monday, April 23
5:30 p.m.
Bliss Hall, Rm. 3150, “An Introduction to Composing for the Accordion,” lecture by guest artist Mary Tokarski, concert accordionist.

Jeri-Mae Astolfi, part of duoARtia

8:00 p.m. Duo Piano Recital, Bliss Recital Hall, featuring guest artists the Holly Roadfeldt/Jeri-Mae Astolfi Piano Duo.

Tuesday, April 24
3 p.m.
Bliss Hall, Rm. 3150, Composition Seminar, “New Music Resources for the Accordion” by guest artist Mary Tokarski, concert accordionist.

Wednesday, April 25
7 p.m.
Accordion Recital, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, featuring guest artist Mary Tokarski, concert accordionist.

Friday, April 27
11 a.m.
Convocation, Bliss Recital Hall, Dana Composers Ensemble.

Sunday, April 29
3:30 p.m.
Chamber Music Recital, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, featuring guest composer Kathy Henkel.

Monday, April 30
3 p.m.
Bliss Hall, Composition Seminar, “The Music of Jerry Ascione,” by guest composer Jerry Ascione.

5:10 p.m. Bliss Hall, Rm. 3150, “The Los Angeles New Music Scene,” by guest composer Kathy Henkel.

8 p.m. Wind Ensemble, Dana Chorale and University Chorus at Stambaugh Auditorium with guest composer Jerry Ascione.

Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m.
Bliss Hall, Rm. 3150, “The Los Angeles New Music Scene,” by guest composer Kathy Henkel.

Wednesday, May 2
12:15 p.m.
Chamber Music Recital, Dana Composers Ensemble, in the Butler Institute of American Art, with guest composer Kathy Henkel.

8 p.m. Gala Festival Concert with Composers Ensemble and the Festival Chamber Orchestra at St. Columba Cathedral, with guest composer Kathy Henkel and guest artist Kirk Kupensky, harp.