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Pipino Series returns with in-person performances

The first program will be online, but the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series will return to in-person events in 2021-22.

The series opens with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, whose presentation will debut 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Cliffe College of Creative Arts’ YouTube channel.

Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention and is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. His catalogue is extensive, and his opera, orchestra, chamber and solo works are performed by the world’s most respected ensembles.

His music is used regularly for ballet and modern dance by the finest choreographers and dance companies around the world, and he also has several film scores to his credit.

The presentation is free to view.

The rest of the series will feature live performances at a variety of Youngstown venues:

• Oct. 9 — Tanglewood Marionettes at Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater at 11 a.m. Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Large, hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience.

• Nov. 14 — Classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo at the Butler Institute of American Art’s North Great Hall at 3 p.m. The Cuban-born musician has established himself as one of the world’s classical guitar virtuosos. He has performed to critical acclaim touring extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He frequently is invited by renowned festivals and institutions, having played at stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Manaus Opera House in Brazil and National Recital Hall in Taiwan.

• Jan. 29, 2022 — Composer and sound artist Phyllis Chen at the McDonough Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Chen began playing the piano at age 5 and discovered the toy piano as an adult. She immediately fell in love with the instrument’s possibilities, and the toy piano became her grounds to develop her personal voice, one that defies genre and reflects her third culture kid experience.

• Feb. 19, 2022 — Cuarteto Latinoamericano at Ford Family Recital Hall, DeYor Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. It is one of the world’s most renowned classical music ensembles and for more than 30 years has been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. Winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for best classical recordings.

• March 26, 2022 — Tenor Karim Sulayman and forte pianist Yi-heng Yang at Ford Family Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sulayman, a Lebanese-American tenor, won a Grammy Award in 2019 for best classical solo vocal.

According to Phyllis M. Paul, dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts, “The Series highlights the vibrant campus and community life of YSU and our region and brings to Youngstown the types of cultural opportunities usually found only in large metropolitan areas. YSU believes that the arts are vital to the university and our community by enriching the quality of life for all of our residents.

“The aura of an outstanding performing arts series impacts our region in multiple ways, from providing opportunities for children’s enrichment, to elevating the quality of life, to supporting and contributing to the business and economic climate of our community.”

The DeYor Performing Arts Center is the ticketing agent for all Pipino events. Tickets are available at www.deyorpac.org.

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