Concert Band, Wind Ensemble in concert

The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music perform a concert 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The concert, entitled “Portraits and Tributes,” features music written to commemorate a significant event or as a musical portrait.

The evening opens with the YSU Concert Band, conducted by Brandt Payne, presenting Ralph Vaughan Williams’ wind band classic “Folk Song Suite,” Jager’s “Third Suite for Band” and LoPresti’s “Elegy for a Young American,” a musical elegy to the memory of John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated half a century ago in Dallas, Texas. The Concert Band concludes with “Washington Greys March” by Claudio S. Grafulla.

The YSU Wind Ensemble, led by Stephen L. Gage, opens its program with American composer Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” the narration of which is based on Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” The feature work for the Wind Ensemble is David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 1: A Child’s Garden of Dreams.”

Jeff Tyus

Jeff Tyus

Jeffrey L. Tyus, associate professor of Communication at YSU, narrates the Copland and Maslanka performances. Tyus previously taught at Ohio University, Furman University and Sinclair Community College. Tyus’ research agenda is heavily influenced by race, class and gender studies, especially the study of underrepresented groups in American society, such as the images of African Americans in television sitcoms, the experiences of women in corporate management, and the experiences of Americans of Middle Eastern descent in post-9/11 America. He is a member of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, Public Relations Society of America, Northeast Ohio Communication Advocates, and the Ohio Communication Association.  He served as president of OCA from 2004 to 2006.

Tickets are only available at the door. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Anyone with a valid YSU ID is admitted free. For more information, call 330-941-3636.