Carols and Cocoa kicks off holidays Dec. 5

Carols and CocoaStart your holiday season in style with the Carols & Cocoa and Dana Holiday Concert 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue.

“This very important tradition dates back some 30 years involving most of our vocal and instrumental students,” said Michael Crist, director of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. “It’s a pleasure to give back so much to the community that supports us throughout the year.”

Tickets, which are all general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, by phone at 330-259-0555 or online at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets will also be available the evening of the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens, and YSU faculty and staff with a valid YSU ID. The event is free for children under 12 and YSU students with a valid YSU ID.

Carols & Cocoa will be performed in Stambaugh’s Ballroom and features seasonal favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary coffee and cocoa, sponsored by Sheetz, will be available. Featured groups are: Trombone Ensemble, directed by Michael Crist; Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Alice Wang; Dana Early Music Ensemble, directed by Randall Goldberg; Dana Flute Ensemble, directed by Kathryn Umble; University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Dana Chorale and the Stambaugh Chorus, directed by Hae-Jong Lee.

After a brief intermission, guests are invited upstairs to the Concert Hall where the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Final Movement-Choral Symphony-“Ode to Joy” performed by the Dana Symphonic Choir, Stambaugh Chorus and Dana Symphony Orchestra, all directed by John Wilcox and under the baton of Hae-Jong Lee. Guest soloists include soprano Misook Yun, mezzo soprano Rachael Pavloski, tenor Bill Ambert and baritone Max Pivik

Guest ensembles include the Howland High School Chamber Choir, directed by Anjanette Depoy, and the Stambaugh Chorus. Additionally, the Dana Brass Quintet, directed by Stacie Mickens; YSU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by David Morgan; and YSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Stephen Gage, will participate. Organist Kathy Miller will provide an organ solo on the newly refurbished E. M. Skinner pipe organ.

The Friends of Dana will present its annual Dana Award to Richard Zacharias.

More information is available at 330-941-3636.