Carols & Cocoa, Holiday Concert Dec. 2 in Stambaugh Auditorium

carols and cocoaYoungstown State University’s Dana School of Music presents the annual Carols & Cocoa and the Dana Holiday Concert 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

“Almost 40 years ago, a new tradition began as the Dana School of Music hosted a modest sing-along in the Bliss Hall lobby,” said Alice Wang, interim director of YSU’s Dana School of Music. “It is now an outstanding musical evening consisting of the easygoing Carols & Cocoa segment, and the more formal Holiday Concert.

“Stambaugh Auditorium is a beautiful venue for these performances, allowing our students to perform in a world-class concert hall. We are humbled that the community supports the Dana School of Music in such a public way.”

Tickets, which are all general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office in person or by phone at 330-259-0555; or online at Tickets will also be available the evening of the performance. Tickets are $11 for adults; $6 for students from other schools and senior citizens; and free for children under 12 and for YSU faculty, staff and students with a valid YSU ID.

Carols & Cocoa in Stambaugh’s Ballroom features seasonal musical favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary cocoa will be available. Featured groups are: Trombone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, University Chorus, Stambaugh Chorus and the YSU Barbershop Quartet.

After a brief intermission, the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring Vivaldi’s Magnificat; Handel’s Hallelujah chorus; Shaw’s Many Moods of Christmas, Suite I; and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from “Home Alone” by John Williams. Additional featured groups include he Dana Brass Quintet, YSU Jazz Ensemble, and the Dana Symphony Orchestra. Vivaldi’s Magnificat will be performed by the Dana Symphonic Choir, Stambaugh Chorus and Dana Symphony Orchestra. The high school guest ensemble is the Austintown Fitch High School Concert Choir.

Organist Kathy Davison Miller will provide an organ postlude on Stambaugh’s E. M. Skinner pipe organ.

The Holiday Concert will be streamed live at 8 p.m. To view, visit and click on the link. In addition, Armstrong Cable will rebroadcast the Holiday Concert at various times throughout the holiday season on channels 20 and 100.

YSU’s student Internet radio station, Rookery Radio, will rebroadcast the concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; on Christmas Eve at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. To hear Rookery Radio rebroadcast, visit and click on the link under “Listen Now.”

For more information on the event, call 330-941-2307.