Planetarium show features artwork, music by YSU alums



The artwork and music of two Youngstown State University alumni are featured in “Firefall,” the current show at Ward Beecher Planetarium on the YSU campus.

The show, which explores how comets and asteroids have shaped the Earth’s surface, includes animation and artwork by Joe Tucciarone, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from YSU, and music by Troy McClellan, who attended YSU’s Dana School of Music.

“Firefall” shows are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturdays, Nov. 23 and 30, at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Tucciarone has painted space scenes for several planetariums, including Memphis, Richmond, Va., Bradenton, Fla., and Cocoa, Fla. His video animations have been featured on National Geographic television and the History Channel, and his worked has been showcased in the Science Photo Library in London. He received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from YSU in 2000.

McClellan has been involved in audio visual production for more 25 years. While at Dana, began composing music soundtracks for the Ward Beecher Planetarium at YSU, including “Serpents of the Sun”, which was later distributed to many other planetariums in Ohio. He also created music and sound effects for a video segment featured in an Apollo 11 anniversary show. He has created video, 3D models, and animations for Joe Hopkins Engineering and other companies including Creation Studios, Inc., Global Energy Solutions, Lost Films Productions, Sanborn Studios and Audio-Visual Imagineering and others. His artwork has been displayed throughout the world.

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