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WEEKDAY MATTERS | Take a chance on ABBA Mania at Robins Theatre

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these events.
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Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this week. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

WARREN — Mamma Mia! ABBA Mania is everywhere, including in Warren on Tuesday.

The touring ABBA tribute show will return to Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St., at 8 p.m. Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $45 plus fees, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office.

ABBA’s hits include “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” ” “Fernando” and “Take A Chance On Me.” Most were featured in the Broadway musical "Mamma Mia" and the movies it spawned, including "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again."

The Swedish group's first album in nearly 40 years, "Voyager," has just been released.

YSU piano, flute, saxophone students offer recitals this week

YOUNGSTOWN — Eight students in professor Caroline Oltmanns’ Piano Studio will perform in a Youngstown State University Dana School of Music recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Bliss Recital Hall.

The recital is free and open to the public. Masks are required in all YSU buildings.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, six students in Kathryn Thomas Umble’s Flute Studio will perform a free concert in Bliss Recital Hall. 

James Umble’s Saxophone Studio has scheduled two performances this week. At 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, YSU students in the Machina Saxophone Quartet will perform a Music at Noon concert at The Butler Institute of American Art , 524 Wick Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Umble’s full Saxophone Studio will perform a free recital in Bliss Hall, Room 2326.

Stambaugh Youth Concert Band to perform Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN — The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band is celebrating its 20th year with its annual fall concert in a hybrid format at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 5th Ave.

The repertoire will feature works by Frank Erickson, Craig Fitzpatrick and Henry Fillmore.

The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band was founded in fall 2001 by Thomas A. Groth, then Boardman High School director of bands, and Barbara Armstrong, then general manager of Stambaugh Auditorium. It is currently under the direction of Tyler Husosky, Michael Crist and Nathan Sensabaugh, and features 45 of the top high school musicians from Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, a news release states.

Tickets to attend the in-person concert are $8 to $10, inclusive of all fees. To purchase, click here or call 330-259-0555.

The concert will be livestreamed on the Stambaugh Auditorium Digital Concert Hall app and Stambaugh Auditorium's website at no cost.

SMARTS Family Dinner set for Thursday

YOUNGSTOWN — SMARTS Community Art School is hosting the SMARTS Family Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 5th Ave.

Greta Mittereder will be the emcee, and singer-songwriter JD Eicher will be the keynote speaker. His music has been featured on "Good Morning America," in national TV ad campaigns and on MTV. Eicher will perform with his band, which includes Jim Merhaut on bass, an award-winning author and speaker whose daughter is a SMARTS alum.

SMARTS community art school provides access and early training in the arts for the region's PK-12 youth with a focus on underserved populations. Throughout the event, there will be live student demonstrations including piano, violin, rock band, dance through the decades and accent acting.

To purchase tickets, click here. For more information call, 330-574-2787 or click here.

Bites and Bits of History to address Gettysburg

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society's Bites and Bits of History lunchtime program is returning to the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., at noon Thursday.

Traci Manning, MVHS curator of education, will present “Youngstown and Ohio at Gettysburg.”  The presentation is free.

Politicians, business leaders and citizens descended on Gettysburg in November 1863, four months after the historic three-day battle. A large contingent from Ohio, led by Youngstown native Gov. David Tod, were among those attending the cemetery dedication.

All staff and visitors are required to wear masks inside MVHS facilities.

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