Opera workshop students perform
Students in the Dana Opera Workshop, directed by Dr. Misook Yun, will perform 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in Bliss Hall’s Spotlight Theater at Youngstown State University.
Opera ensemble members will perform staged scenes with some creative costumes, including steampunk style. Selections will include “Octet” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” the “Finale Trio” from Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Good Day, Miss Pinkerton” from Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.”
Admission is free. For more information, call 330-941-2307.
OMEA bands play Stambaugh
The Ohio Music Education Association will present a concert featuring the middle school and high school honor bands from District 5 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.
The bands will feature the finest young musicians in grades 7 to 12 from Trumbull, Mahoning and Ashtabula counties. The Middle School Honors Band will be conducted by Nancy Moore, retired director of bands from Howland High School and Middle School. The High School Honors Band will be conducted by Frank Trascz, an Ohio native and director of bands at Kansas State University.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens and are available online at www.stambaughauditorium.com and by calling 330-259-0555.
Christmas display returns to Arms
“Memories of Christmas Past” returns to The Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, where it will be on display from Saturday until Jan. 8.
Holiday customs and traditions will be depicted in the historic period rooms of the museum for the exhibition, now in its ninth year.
Designer Anthony Worrellia has taken a different approach in the museum’s sitting room this year, using historic patriotic artifacts mingled with Christmas decorations from the war era. The Anne Kilcawley Christmas Hands-On History Room will feature a patriotic Christmas with period artifacts, decorations and special weekend craft projects.
Admission for the exhibit is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for children ages 3 to 18. Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. For more information, visit www.memoriesofchristmaspast.com or call 330-743-2589.
Historian, game maker speaks
Mahoning Valley board game creator, educator and historian Paul Rohrbaugh will be the next speaker in the “Memories of a Lifetime” series presented by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society at the Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty.
Rohrbaugh has worked as an associate professor and librarian at Youngstown State University. He is the founder of YSU’s Penguin Story Tellers and High Flying Dice Games, publisher of innovative games in history and education. He is working on a biography of Joseph G. Butler.
The program starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and admission is $5. For reservations or more information, call 330-726-8277.