Concert Band premieres Dana professor’s work

The world premiere of a composition by a Dana School of Music professor will be performed by the Youngstown State University Concert Band on Monday.

Paul Louth’s “Industrial Renaissance” is a three-part piece depicting a cycle of booming industry, slow down and hopes for rebirth. The first part, full of tense and percussive sounds, calls to mind the clamor of a factory floor with machines running nonstop.

It is followed by a darker, quieter movement based on a hauntingly simple, repetitive bass figure. Improvised segments by flutes, trumpet, vibraphone and snare drum represent creativity and industriousness in an attempt to bring the closed factory back to life. The third movement is much brighter and more hopeful, building to a triumphant conclusion.

Louth is an associate professor of music education. He earned his bachelor’s degrees from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree and doctorate from Western University. Louth studied composition with the Canadian jazz icon Phil Nimmons and he has had commissioned work for school ensembles performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

The YSU Concert Band also will perform works by Frank Ticheli, David Holsinger and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Also on the program will be the YSU Percussion Ensemble, which will plays works by contemporary composers David Skidmore, Drew Worden, Ivan Trevino, Andrew Beall and Michael Burritt.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and non-YSU students. YSU students are admitted free with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online at and will be available at the door.