Dana happenings: Flute festival, visiting pianist, Percussion Ensemble

Elizabeth Buck

Elizabeth Buck

Dana Flute Festival set for Nov. 3

The 20th annual Dana Flute Festival will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in Bliss Hall.

The event is designed for flute players of all levels and will include workshops, vendor exhibits, guest artist performances, master classes and a guest artist recital. A full event schedule is included below.

“The flute festival is a long-standing Dana event that offers new and experienced flute musicians the opportunity to participate in meaningful and interesting workshops as well as to interact with important guest artists,” said festival coordinator Kathryn Thomas Umble, assistant professor of Flute. “First-hand involvement with other musicians and the interaction with presenters, plus attending the performances is critical in a performer’s development.” said, She noted that participants are welcome at any level, stressing that sessions are planned for all levels of experience. This is the 20th such flute event held at the Dana School of Music.

Participants should bring their own instruments. The cost is $16 per student if registered prior to the event, and $20 at the door. Registration is available online at YSU’s College of Fine & Performing Arts, or by calling Umble at 330-941-1831. Parents are welcome to attend free of charge. Parking will be available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

Featured at this year’s Festival is Elizabeth Buck, associate professor of Flute at Arizona State University. She previously was a visiting associate professor at Indiana University (Bloomington). Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Buck performed with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute (1994-2003). During her tenure, Buck performed as concerto soloist on numerous occasions, appearing on classics evening concert series as well as the Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert series. Previous orchestral positions include Principal Flute with the Houston Grand Opera and the Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal, as well as principal appearances with the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, she has given master classes and guest recitals at Yonsei University (Seoul), Dankuk University (Seoul), Seoul International Summer Music Festival, and in Gwangju, Korea. Among her distinctions and awards, Buck has won the New York Arts Club Competition, the New York Flute Club Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition.

Schedule of events:

8:30 a.m., Registration

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Exhibits Open

9 a.m., Flute Ensemble Concert, Bliss Recital Hall

9:45 a.m., “Phrasing and Musicality” Workshop with Kathryn Thomas Umble, Room 3026.

9:45 a.m., Techniques and Show Tunes Reading Session, Room 3139

10:20 a.m., Beginners Flute Ensemble Reading Session, Room 2326

11 a.m., Inter/Adv Flute Ensemble Reading Session, Room 2326

11:15 a.m., Chamber Ensemble Concert, Room 3026

Noon, Guest Artist Recital, Elizabeth Buck, flute, Bliss Recital Hall

1 p.m., Flute Class for Everyone! with Elizabeth Buck, Bliss Recital Hall

1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Buck Masterclass, Bliss Recital Hall

1:45 p.m., Junior High Masterclass, Room 2326

Avguste Antonov

Avguste Antonov

Guest pianist performs for New Music Society

Pianist Avguste Antonov of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, will present a benefit recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Bliss Recital Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University in support of the Dana School of Music’s New Music Society.

Donations will be collected to fund further concerts and scholarships for student composers.

While in Youngstown, Antonov will also perform 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Butler Institute of American Art; 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Bliss Recital Hall; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Coventry Street, Youngstown.

The concerts will also include works by members of the New Music Society.  Dance of Spring, a quartet by Dana graduate composition student Yanda Zhu, will receive its premiere by flutists Amanda Lawrence and Kristen Richter and trombonists Colton Randall and Samantha Hogan. Dana students junior Chris Nutter, clarinet and sophomore Jason Volovar, piano will perform senior Samantha Hogan’s Of Wizards and Dragons.  Colton Randall’s flute duet Through the Trees, and a three-movement flute duet by sophomore Mike Lynch, will be premiered. Sophomore Jesse Martin will hear premieres of two of his compositions. Alison Morris, piano, will perform a piano piece by Youngstown composer and New Music Guild member Richard Zacharias. Freshman Jon Kurish will also have a premiere on the programs.

Antonov is an active piano soloist specializing in recent music. He has played recitals domestically and internationally. He has been soloist with numerous symphonies and has an extensive performance schedule. Antonov teaches at The Master’s Touch School of Music and Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas.

Antonov will feature works by American composers, including Melancholy Rags, Book 1; Upstate Rag; and Soiree Macabre. Dana faculty composer Robert Rollin will hear two of his compositions being performed – Ballade, and Toccata.

For the YSU concerts, parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue Deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling 330-941-3636.

Percussion Ensemble in concert Oct. 24

The Youngstown State University Dana School of Music’s Percussion Ensemble performs 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Butler North adjacent to the Butler Institute of American Art.

The concert will include works by, among others, contemporary composers such as John R. Beck, Frederic Rzewski, and Ted Rounds.

Students performing include Joe Amadio, Boardman, Ohio; Charles Battaglia, Warren, Ohio ; Keith Born, Bethel Park, Pa.; Dan Danch, New Wilmington, Pa.; Evan Gottschalk, East Palestine, Ohio; Aaron Graneto, Canfield, Ohio; Matthew Hayes, Coshocton, Ohio; Dylan Kollat, North Jackson, Ohio; Roger Lewis, Youngstown, Ohio; Dustin May, Westerville, Ohio; Moriah Placer, Girard, Ohio; Nick Sainato, Boardman, Ohio; Troy Schaltenbrand, Allison Park, Pa.; Megan Seivert, Miamisburg, Ohio; Bryan Teeters, Knox, Pa.; John Vitullo, Austintown, Ohio.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the M1 Wick Avenue Deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling 330-941-3636.