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Entertainment Digest: Bach’s Complete Violin Works; Air Supply Coming to Robins

By Guy D’Astolfo

Dana School’s Kromholz Performs Bach Violin Works

YOUNGSTOWN – Dana School of Music faculty member Joseph Kromholz will perform Bach’s complete works for solo violin during two concerts Feb. 28 and March 1.

Both concerts are in Bliss Recital Hall, lower level of Bliss Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. Admission is free.

On Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Kromholz will perform Bach’s complete violin sonatas at 7:30 p.m. and the composer’s complete violin partitas at 3 p.m. March 1. 

Kromholz is head of strings at the Dana school, where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He previously taught violin at Luther College and music theory at New England Conservatory.

Joseph Kromholz

Kromholz is a frequent clinician at music festivals, workshops and training orchestras, and regularly works with college and youth orchestras across the Midwest.

He maintains an active performing career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, playing in more than 100 concerts per year.

A founding member of the Linden String Quartet and a current member of the Dana String Quartet, he serves as concertmaster of Opera Western Reserve and the Warren Philharmonic and as associate concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.

Hailing from New York and Reston, Va., Kromholz studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and economics at Case Western Reserve University, followed by doctoral studies at New England Conservatory.

Air Supply Will Play the Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Air Supply, the Australian duo that was a dominant radio force in the 1980s, will come to the Robins Theatre on May 3.

The Australian act, which consists of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, scored a No. 1 hit with “Lost in Love” in 1980 and followed it with “All Out of Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.”

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert range from $89 and $39, plus applicable fees, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 at RobinsTheatre.com, by phone at 234 430 0005, and at the Robins box office, 160 E. Market St., which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Selah Dessert Theater Presents ‘Sylvia’

STRUTHERS – A person playing a dog onstage?! In A.R. Gurney’s play “Sylvia,” that’s exactly what happens.

Selah Dessert Theater will present this ode to the male midlife crisis for five performances, starting March 5.

The plot centers on Greg (played by Brian Suchora) and his wife, Kate (Leah Ifft), who are at a crossroads in their marriage.

Kate has gone back to work and Greg, tired of his job, gets a dog named Sylvia (Lori George). 

The relationship between man and dog nearly causes a divorce. Kate abhors Sylvia and Sylvia shows her dislike for Kate in less-than-subtle ways.

The mix of characters also includes Phyllis, Leslie and Tom – all played by John Weber.

While the play is humorous, it also speaks to the stresses of modern society. Gurney says his play is about the need to connect in an increasingly alien and impersonal world.

Frank G. Martin directs the play, and Becca Kopchak is stage manager.

It should be noted that “Sylvia” has some strong language.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14. Tickets are $18.50, which includes dessert at intermission.  Reservations can be made at SelahRestaurant.com or by calling 1 800 838 3006.

A premiere night package that includes is available for opening night and can be reserved online. 

Pre-show dinner reservations for the remaining performances can be made by calling call 330 755 2759.  

Selah now offers assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired. The theater is accessible by stairs only. 

Museum to Screen Toni Morrison Documentary

YOUNGSTOWN – “The Foreigner’s Home,” a documentary film that explores the vision and work of Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison through an exhibition she guest-curated at the Louvre, will be screened 6 p.m. March 19 at the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Also included in the free public event is a discussion with the filmmakers, Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree of Oberlin College.

Morrison, who died in 2019, is recognized as one of the most influential writers in American literary history. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2006, the Louvre asked Morrison to curate an exhibition that became “The Foreigner’s Home” and included the author in conversation with other artists about the idea of “the foreigner.” 

Morrison’s son, Ford, shot video footage throughout the two-week event. Morrison later agreed to grant Oberlin exclusive access to Ford’s Louvre materials and permission to make a film.

Brown-Orso is an independent filmmaker, visual artist, and associate professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. 

Pingree is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, a photographer, writer and professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College. 

Trumbull Tourism Launches 2020 Italian Food Trail 

WARREN – The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau is launching the 2020 Italian Food Trail Passport program, which encourages visitors and residents to visit the  participating stops.

Some of the Mahoning Valley’s most memorable Italian dishes are rooted in the traditions of the Italian families that settled in the region in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  

The culinary legacy these families left includes unique dishes such as Italig with escarole and a Hungarian hot pepper; chicken Francaise; white pizza; hot peppers in oil; Italian wedding soup; pepperoni rolls and pizzelles. 

Passports are free and available at the food sites and the Trumbull County Tourism office or online  at ItalianFoodTrail.com.

This year’s passport has 17 stops, including four restaurants that are new to the program, says Beth Kane of the tourism bureau. It will begin March 9 with Italian Food Trail Restaurant Week.

Participants who receive all 17 stamps can submit their completed passport to Trumbull County Tourism and will have 17 chances to win one of the $50 gift certificates from the participating sites. 

As an additional incentive, the first 100 people to collect nine stamps and return their passport to the office, will receive an Italian Food Trail baseball cap. Instructions are included in the passport.

Members of the 2020 Passport Program include Buena Vista Café, Café 422, Country Porch Winery, Enzo’s Restaurant, Giorgio’s Ristorante, Greene Eagle Winery, Jimmy’s Italian Specialties, Just Pizzelles, Leo’s Ristorante, Margherita’s Grille, Niki’z Pub, Red Plum Pizza & Pasta, Salvatore’s Italian Grill, Station Square Restaurant, Sunrise Inn, Vasilio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria and Wedgewood Fernando’s Pizza.

Clarinet Day Workshop, Concert at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN – The Dana School of Music’s annual Clarinet Day will be Feb. 29 in Bliss Hall. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall.

Geared toward clarinetists in grades 9 through 12, the event features rehearsals, a workshop discussing how to improve articulation, and participation in the Dana Clarinet Day Gala Concert at 5 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is recommended by emailing Alice Wang at amwang@ysu.edu.

Students should bring their own instruments and be prepared to rehearse and perform the music provided to them when they register via email. Clarinetists on auxiliary instruments are also welcome.

The public is invited to attend the concert at 5 p.m.

Too Many Sopranos Concert Is Postponed

YOUNGSTOWN – The March 1 vocal concert by Too Many Sopranos in Bliss Recital Hall at Youngstown State University has  been postponed due to an illness in one of the artists’ family.

Playhouse Sets Auditions for ‘The Light in the Piazza’

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Playhouse will have auditions for “The Light in the Piazza” at 5 p.m. March 1 and 6 p.m. March 2.

Produced in collaboration with Youngstown State University’s theater and dance department, the musical will be directed by Matthew Mazuroski, with musical direction by Maria Fenty Denison, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman conducting.

Principal singing roles are as follows: Margaret Johnson (middle age); Clara Johnson (mid-20s); Fabrizio Naccarelli (20 and Italian); Giuseppe Naccarelli (early 20s); Franca Naccarelli (late teens-early 20s); Signor Naccarelli (middle age); and Signora Naccarelli (middle age).  A few featured roles for males are also available, and the show requires a small singing ensemble of varying ages.  

Preferential consideration will be given to Dana School of Music students in casting the roles of Clara and Fabrizio.
Auditionees are encouraged to prepare two contrasting, contemporary one-minute spoken monologues, and may be asked to read from the “Piazza” script.  Also, vocalists will be asked to sing a 1-minute or 32-bar excerpt from the “Piazza” score (anything considered a solo section). An accompanist will be on hand at the auditions.  A more complete breakdown of character requirements is available on the Playhouse’s Facebook event page.

Performances will be May 1 to 9. For information, call 330 788 8739.

YSU Concert Band, Horn Choir to Present Concert

YOUNGSTOWN  – The Dana School of Music will present Anthems, Songs and Dances, a concert by the YSU Concert Band and the YSU Horn Choir at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Tickets are $7, $6 for senior citizens and students from other schools and free for those with a valid YSU ID.

Blackstreet, with Case and Adina Howard, Coming to Powers

YOUNGSTOWN – The Grammy Award-winning group BlackStreet will come Powers Auditorium on April 11, with two-time Grammy nominee Case and Adina Howard as opening acts.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $35, $45 and $65 and go on sale Feb. 27 at deyorpac.org, by phone at 330 744 0264 and at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office.

An online only presale will be today (Feb. 27) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Use the password ILOVE90RB.

Posted Feb. 27, 2020.

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