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WEEKEND MATTERS | YSU welcomes spring with debut of cabaret performance

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar.

YOUNGSTOWN — The cabaret show "Feeling Good, Welcome to Spring" will premiere at 7:30 p.m. today on the Cliffe College of Creative Arts' YouTube channel

Presented by Youngstown State University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, the performance is the students’ final project from the newly established course Singing Styles, which encourages students to explore all types of singing beyond just musical theater.

Students submitted three songs to a faculty panel, and one each was selected. The students then videotaped the selection, the end result being an album of songs edited into one production.

"These songs make us happy," Maria Fenty Denison, musical theater program coordinator, said in a news release. "Our album is a collection of tunes, both classic and new, that help us recall many kinds of love, compel us to want to get outside and feel our toes in the grass, have faith in each other and just feel good.”

Songs and students participating are: "Feeling Good" by Torrance Bajuszik; "My Future" by Lexi Denney; "Canyon Moon" by Lexi Cerny; "Change" by Elise Vargo; "When You Say Nothing at All" by Samantha Gurd; "Mother Nature’s Son" by Meredith Pallo; "It’s All Coming Back to Me Now" by Mitchell Sharp; "Like I Want You" by Destinee Thompson; "A Sunday Kind of Love" by Lacey Farina; "People Help the People" by Haley Tura; and "I Hope You Dance"  by Belle Elliott.

Reservations due Monday for Drop-In | Drive-Thru Wine Event

BOARDMAN — Beatitude House is presenting a Drop-In | Drive-Thru Wine Event from 4 to 7 p.m. April 30 at The Embassy Banquet Centre, 5030 Youngstown-Poland Road. 

The event will include three meal and wine pairings for pickup, as well as the option to walk through an indoor wine pull and ticket auction — all with reserved time frames to maintain social distancing. The event also will begin the celebration of Beatitude House’s service of 30 years.

Tickets are $75 per person. Reservation choices are due by Monday (April 26) here or by calling 330-744-3147.

McDonough Museum exhibitions highlight work from YSU programs

YOUNGSTOWN — The John J McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of Youngstown State University is highlighting works from two programs in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and the Department of Art.

The Spring Graduating BFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions are on view in the McDonough galleries through May 8.

In the Spring Graduating BFA Exhibition, students share the original and innovative discoveries they have made in their artistic journeys, communicating to the public their creative expressions of human experience.

BFA students work closely with nationally and internationally known faculty engaged in a broad range of art and design practices. The work of 18 students in the areas of digital media, photography, graphic + interactive design and interdisciplinary studio art are featured.

Also on display are exhibitions by three students graduating with their MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. In their studies, they have explored and combined a variety of media that cross studio practices, working individually and collaboratively with and across a range of traditional, analogue and digital mediums and experimental formats infused with ideas and collaboration from disciplines outside of the visual arts.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For those at high risk, call 330-941-1400 to make an appointment to visit on Mondays or on a morning before the galleries open.

YSU brass quintets ready to hit the deck

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana School of Music will present an outdoor student chamber music recital at 7 p.m. Saturday in the lower level of the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck at Youngstown State University.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will feature the Sunset Brass Quintet and the Breakout Brass Quintet, both coached by Andrew Mitchell. Music will be played alternately by the two quintets.

The Breakout Brass Quintet includes Maria Mangine, trumpet; Nick Mattiussi, trumpet; Katie Berlin, horn ; John Fitch, euphonium; and Connor Remington, tuba.

The Sunset Brass Quintet includes Darren Thompson, trumpet; Ryan Bowden, trumpet; Severino Paredes, horn; Brandon Hackimer, trombone; and Zak Rahal, bass trombone .

Patrons should bring their own chairs and are encouraged to enter the parking deck from the Wick Avenue entrance. Social distancing and masks will be enforced. Parking costs $5, payable in cash.

YSU graduate student offers flute recital

YOUNGSTOWN — Bin Peng will perform a virtual flute recital for the final McDonough Museum Honors Recital Series, premiering at 7 p.m. Saturday on the McDonough Museum and Cliffe College of Creative Arts YouTube channels.

Peng was born in Wuhan, China, and has studied music since she was 6 years old. She is a graduate student at the Dana School of Music.

Her program will spotlight "Sonata in D Major, Op. 94" by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev and "Chant de Linos" by André Jolivet.

Yun's voice studio students set outdoor performance

YOUNGSTOWN — Ten students in Misook Yun’s voice studio will perform in an outdoor recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Harrison Common, located on Walnut Street across from Cassese's MVR.

The recital is free and open to the public. Patrons should bring a chair or blanket and may bring snacks. Social distancing and masks will be enforced. 

The repertoire will include music by Henrik Lilljebjörn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Walter Kramer, George Frideric Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hugo Wolf, Celius Dougherty and Léo Delibes.

Participating students are Lauren Faber, LaNae' Ferguson, Emily Gerak, Marlina Karimi, Jaelynn Mack, Sierra McCorvey, Caroline Mclaughlin, Alexa Mosca, Zoe Nocera and Joseph Spurio.