Packard bands kick off busy week

All three ensembles of the W.D. Packard Concert Band will perform in the coming week.

The full band will play its regular monthly concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren.

Guest vocalist Janet Opritza-Davis will be featured on George and Ira Gershwin’s “S Wonderful,” Lorenz Hart’s and Richard Rodgers’ “My Funny Valentine” and Cy Coleman’s and Dorothy Fields’ “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Opritza-Davis, who was born in Youngstown and lives in Cortland, attended Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and sang with bands in the 1970s and ’80s, working clubs, lounges and other venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. She cites Barbra Streisand, Nancy Wilson and Whitney Houston as some of her vocal influences.

Other selections on the Valentine’s Day-themed program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, include John Philip Sousa’s “The Fairest of the Fair” march, Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy,” Andrew Boysen Jr.’s “Song for Lyndsay” and selections from the musical “West Side Story.”

On Tuesday the Packard Dixieland Band, directed by Daniel Carioti, will provide the entertainment for a “Fat Tuesday” celebration at the National Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren.

The museum will be decked out “New Orleans style” and cabaret style seating will be available for the concert. Creole inspired hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available for purchase. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Big Band Sound of Packard will provide the music for a Valentine’s Day Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Packard Music Hall. Carioti will lead the band in a selection of big band favorites.

Admission is free for all three events, and funding for the band’s performance is made possible by the W.D. Packard trust.

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