YSU offers Carols & Cocoa, cabaret and piano concert

Staff report


Youngstown State University has several holiday events planned.

The Dana School of Music will present its annual holiday music extravaganza, Carols & Cocoa and the Dana Holiday Concert, both directed by Hae-Jong Lee, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue.

Carols & Cocoa will be performed in Stambaugh’s Ballroom and will feature seasonal favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary cocoa, provided by Sheetz, will be available.

After a brief intermission, guests will be invited upstairs to the concert hall where the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and John Williams’ “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” Guest artists are; Misook Yun, soprano; Wilmington Area High School Choral Ensembles, directed by Jonny Priano; and the Stambaugh Chorus.

General-admission tickets are $10 ($5 for students and seniors; free for children under 12 and YSU students) and may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh box office, by calling 330-259-0555, and at stambaughauditorium.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The concert will be streamed live on Facebook.com; search for Dana Holiday Concert 2013. It also will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 on rookeryradio.com.

Penguin Playhouse and Alpha Psi Omega, University Theater’s student-run production arm, will perform a Holiday Cabaret on Dec. 6 with performances at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Spotlight Theater, inside Bliss Hall. This family-centered show will feature seasonal favorites designed to get audiences into the holiday spirit, including songs, scenes from holiday-inspired shows, sing-alongs and storytelling for children. Tickets are $8 ($5 for seniors, students and children) For information, call 330-941-3105.

Dana School of Music piano students, under the direction of Caroline Oltmanns, will perform “Piano X-travaganza — A Piano Christmas Concert” at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Bliss Recital Hall.

Featuring easy-listening, well-known classical selections including works by Schubert, Grieg and Beethoven, the concert also will contain a harp selection. The students will transform the recital hall into a Christmas wonderland and will raffle off gift cards and other prizes.

The free concert will include cookies during intermission.

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