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38th ‘Nutcracker’ opens

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula’s 2019 production of “The Nutcracker” opens Friday at the Ashtabula Arts Center. This is the 38th year for the production, and it will feature new costumes choreography and characters. According to Director of Dance Clover Robinson, “We’ve introduced ...

Vinyl lovers propel growth to rival CDs

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l If, like me, you have a lot of friends who are music buyers, you’ve already heard the news — the music industry may earn more money from vinyl sales this year than CDs for the first since 1986. According to stats released by the ...

Kent-Trumbull’s ‘Cell Phone’ is a call worth answering

By ANDY GRAY Staff writer CHAMPION — Those little devices intended to keep people connected only have made them more isolated from one another. That’s one of many ideas Sarah Ruhl plays with in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a quirky comedy that is halfway through a six-performance ...

Femmes electrify violins for classic rock show

Jimi Hendrix’s version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock made Nina DiGregorio stand up and take notice. DiGregorio started playing violin at age 9 and studied the classical repertoire most young violinists do. But after hearing Hendrix’s rendition when she was 13 years old, ...

From Garrettsville to Broadway

For Jeff Richmond, the journey from Garrettsville to writing music for television and Broadway started at Packard Music Hall. Richmond said he’s “100 percent sure” he was bit by the musical theater bug going to see Kenley Players productions in Warren in the late 1960s and early ...

BWR, YSU jazz up ‘Nutcracker’

Ballet Western Reserve’s collaboration with Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music is returning for an encore. A Jazz Age take on the classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” with live musical accompaniment by the YSU Jazz Ensemble will be staged for two public performances ...

Three Dog Night didn’t disappoint at Packard

I’m old enough that Three Dog Night’s “Black and White” was one of the first singles I owned. After interviewing Danny Hutton this month, I’ve now interviewed all three of the band’s original lead singers — Cory Wells in the ‘80s when 3DN was one of the first, maybe even the ...

Cameras can capture ‘Christmas Past’ in present

This is the 12th year for the “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibition at the Arms Family Museum, but it’s the first time attendees will be able to use the elaborate holiday decorations as the perfect backdrop for their Instagram selfies. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is lifting ...

Guest artist to play Mozart with orchestra

Pianist Di Wu will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor as part of the next Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concert. The Chinese-born musician made her professional debut at 14 with the Beijing Philharmonic and came to the United States in 1999 to study at the ...

Westminster features Simon & Garfunkel tribute

Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers will recreate Simon & Garfunkel’s historic Central Park concert for the Westminster College Celebrity Series. After splitting in 1971, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in the New York park on Sept. 19, 1981, that drew a crowd ...