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McDonough recital series starts tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — The McDonough Honors Recital Series will showcase the talents of six Dana School of Music students throughout the semester.

Students submitted recordings online to a faculty committee, which judged the entries. The six students who were selected as part of the inaugural group will be featured in a high-definition video recording of their performance at the McDonough Museum of Art and will receive a $100 honorarium.

Kivie Cahn-Lipman, an assistant professor at Dana, said, “This is the first semester of what we hope will become a regular event that will continue long after COVID has passed.”

The series will debut at 7 p.m. today with pianist Michael A. Barren, who will perform works by Robert Muczynski and George Gershwin as well as his own compositions.

Barren, a Montgomery, Ala., native, is pursuing his master’s degree in music performance after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College in May. He is working toward the Master of Music Performance at the Dana School of Music. He has performed piano concertos with two professional orchestras and received multiple awards in piano performance and composition.

Future performances will feature Andrew Karkosiak, guitar, at 7 p.m. Oct. 17; Noah Landry, saxophone, at 7 p.m. Oct. 24; Zak Rahal, trombone, at 7 p.m. Nov. 21; Bin Peng, flute, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5; and Kayla Gilmore, flute, at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

Performances will be pre-recorded and can be viewed on the McDonough and Cliffe College YouTube channels.

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