Dana features Gustav Mahler

Musicians from throughout the region will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, known as the ”Resurrection Symphony,” for the Gala Dana Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Guest conductor Svilen Simeonov from Sofia, Bulgaria, will lead the concert as part of Youngstown State University’s Bulgarian Cultural Exchange.

Nearly 250 choral and instrumental musicians will perform this 80-minute piece, including musicians from the Dana School of Music, Stambaugh Chorus, area music teachers, and players from the Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.

Dana faculty members Misook Yun and Rachael Pavloski will perform vocal solos, and Ronald Gould, a former Dana faculty member, will perform on Stambaugh’s E.M. Skinner Opus 582 pipe organ.

All of the musicians are volunteering their time and talent.

Symphony No. 2 is the first of the Austrian composer’s works to make use of voice and words as well as the orchestra, and the piece that set him decisively on the path toward the grandly scaled, high individualist and confessional style of symphony that was to become his legacy. It was also the composition that brought Mahler his first fame, and its premiere in Berlin on the night of Dec. 13, 1895, marked the real beginning of Mahler’s career as a composer.

Dr. Michael Crist, director of the Dana School of Music, said, “Performing a Mahler symphony is a true privilege.

Many musicians have not experienced this opportunity, and for many it is a ‘bucket list’ dream. Even the major symphony orchestras sparingly schedule performances of these works because of the resources required to produce a successful performance. A good performance of a Mahler Symphony is a sign of musical strength.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Tickets are $5 with all students admitted free and are available at the stambaugh box office and by calling 330-259-0555.