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Opera Western Reserve receives $1K donation from foundation

The funds will be used to support OWR’s Educational Outreach Program.
Stambaugh AuditoriumNEW
Stambaugh Auditorium (Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — Opera Western Reserve has received a $1,000 contribution from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation in support of its Educational Outreach Program.

Opera Western Reserve’s 2020-21 Young Artist program reached more than 1,600 students in the Mahoning Valley, a news release states. Young Artists performed in schools for more than 1,500 students before the COVID-19 pandemic, and returned in June to perform three free outdoor presentations of the children’s opera “The Three Little Pigs.”

In 2021-22, OWR is preparing events designed specifically to appeal to students. These include free digital access for students in a three-county area to “Romeo + Juliette,” an  adaptation of the works of William Shakespeare and Charles Gounod. “Romeo + Juliet” will be presented live Nov. 12 at Stambaugh Auditorium and digitally for students after that date.

OWR’s Young Artist Education Outreach director will record interviews with artists and technicians about their education and work-world experiences. The “work experience” videos are designed to help students interested in careers in the arts.

OWR said it hopes to return to live performances in schools and other community venues in spring 2022. The Young Artists’ plan is to perform a children’s opera or other educational program, and OWR will issue invitations to music teachers in multiple counties to schedule a performance for students. Teachers who have not received an invitation in the past can contact the opera office at 330-480-0693. More information is available here.
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