Dana presents music-filled weekend

The Dana School of Music kicks off a busy weekend with the Wind and Percussion Invitational on Friday at Stambaugh Auditorium, followed by a concert by pianist Roman Rudnytsky on Sunday and a performance by the Dana Symphony Orchestra on Monday, Feb. 26.

Wind and Percussion Invitational

The Dana School of Music and the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble host the 6th annual YSU Wind and Percussion Invitational at Stambaugh Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 24.

Faculty members will work with visiting high school musicians in master classes during the afternoon, culminating with a joint concert at 7 p.m.

Concert tickets are available at the door – $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Free admission with YSU ID.

The first guest group is the Champion High School Symphonic Band, considered one of the area’s finest comprehensive high school band programs. The second guest group is the Bay High School Symphonic Band. The YSU Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the program with Dvorak’s classic “Carnival Overture,” followed by Gorb’s “Awayday,”  and Biebl’s “Ave Maria.” Other selections will include John Mackey’s “Aurora Awakes,” Karl King’s “Melody Shop March,” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The YSU Wind Ensemble is one of the nation’s outstanding university concert bands owing to performances with distinguished performers and Pulitzer prize-winning composers, numerous state and national convention and conference performances, and critically acclaimed CD recordings. The Wind Ensemble’s “Old Wine in New Bottles” is scheduled for international release this summer.

Pianist featured in Bliss Hall recital

Pianist Roman Rudnytsky will be featured in Bliss Recital Hall by Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music.

Roman Rudnytsky

Pianist Roman Rudnytsky, a retired faculty member in Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, performs in Bliss Recital Hall 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636.

Rudnytsky will play selections from Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin, as well as a piece written by his late father, Antin Rudnytsky.

Born in New York City into a prominent Ukrainian musical family, Rudnytsky began the study of piano at age four and played his first recital at age seven. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, and has to date played concerts in 95 countries and conducted master classes in almost 40 countries.  Rudnytsky is a prize-winner in 10 national and international piano competitions.

Between 1990 and 1993, he gave the British, Latin American, and Australian premiere performances of the then-newly-discovered Liszt Concerto No.3 in E Flat.

Rudnytsky served on the faculty of the Dana School of Music from 1972 until his retirement in spring 2011, when he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. He received a Distinguished Professor Award in 1990. He previously served on the piano faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and was Artist-in-Residence for a year at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

Symphony Orchestra performs winter concert

The Dana Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Wilcox presents a winter concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in the Ford Family Recital Hall.

Featured on the program are the three Dana Young Artist Competition winners. The competition is held annually to select up to three student soloists to perform with the Dana Symphony Orchestra. A panel of three independent judges chooses the winners. This year’s winners are Stephen Cline of Salem, Ohio; Brian Newell of Youngstown; and Kevin Snyder of McDonald, Pa.

The concert begins with the Richard Strauss Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No. 1 in E Flat with Cline as soloist, followed by the Karel Husa Elegie and Rondo for Saxophone with Newell. The Henri Tomasi Concerto for Saxophone with Snyder will be followed by Blue Danube Waltz. The second half of the program features the Dana Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets are $5, $4, and free for anyone showing a valid YSU ID, and are available at the DeYor Box Office, 330-744-0264.