Packard Band celebrates Dana’s 150th anniversary

The W.D. Packard Band will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dana School of Music at its next concert.

Packard Band Conductor Stephen L. Gage has been director of bands at Dana since 1993 and was named conductor of the Dana Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

Joining the band on Sunday will be clarinetist Alice Wang and students from the Dana Clarinet Studio.

Wang became an assistant professor of clarinet at Dana in 2007. She is a member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Western Reserve and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

She will perform the concert fantasia from Luigi Bassi’s “Rigoletto” and will be joined by the Dana Clarinet Studio on Leroy Anderson’s “Clarinet Candy.”

Sunday’s setlist also will celebrate Black History Month and Valentine’s Day with a program featuring Matthew Vansuch’s “Fanfare on the Red and White,” Emma J. Donkin’s “Nova (For the Creator of the Heavens),” Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” John Philip Sousa’s “The Fairest of the Fair” march, a medley of songs by Duke Ellington and selections from “Carousel” and “Porgy & Bess.”

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

The Valentine’s Day celebration will continue Feb. 14 as the the Big Band Sound of Packard, led by Daniel Carioti, will provide the soundtrack for a dance at Packard Music Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

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