The Dana School of Music presents the seventh annual Youngstown State University Wind and Percussion Invitational at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Youngstown.
The concert will include visiting high school musicians from Lakeview High School in Cortland, Ohio, and North Hills High School from North Hills, Pa., joining YSU’s Dana School of Music faculty and ensembles.
The Lakeview High School Symphonic Band, conducted by YSU alumus Nathan Sensabaugh, has earned superior ratings at Ohio Music Educators Association District and State Contest for 35 of the last 36 years. Sensabaugh earned his bachelor’s in Music Education from YSU and is near completion of a master’s degree in Performance/Conducting at Dana. He has performed as a professional saxophonist in the W.D. Packard Concert Band and the Top Notes Big Band in Warren.
North Hills High School Wind Ensemble is conducted by Len Lavelle, an alumnus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he received the Outstanding Music Education Student Award. He was also recognized by the Pittsburgh Teacher Excellence Center as a Teacher of Excellence and received the Extra Mile award from Bethel Park School District.
The YSU Wind Ensemble will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dance Music from West Side Story. The group will then accompany Dana Professor of Voice Misook Yun, who will sing Musetta’s Waltz from Puccini’s La Boheme. Alice Wang, associate professor of Clarinet, will then join the band as the soloist on Frank Ticheli’s new Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble. The program will close with John Mackey’s Asphalt Cocktail and a combined Lakeview, North Hills and YSU band performance of John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
Concert tickets are $5; $4 for students and senior citizens; and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 330-259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com.
For more information, call 330-941-3636.