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Dana Symphony orchestra playing Powers

YOUNGSTOWN — The Dana Symphony Orchestra will play its first concert of the 2021-22 school year on Tuesday at Powers Auditorium.

Conducted by Michael S. Butler, the orchestra features more than 40 students from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.

The program will feature works by two contemporary composers, Chris Pilsner and Kenji Bunch, as well as classic works by Johan Halvorsen and Florence Price’s “Dances in the Canebrakes.”

“Dances” is a suite of dances based on African-American melodies. Price originally wrote this piece for solo piano at the end of her life. Immediately after her death, it was orchestrated by William Grant Still, widely regarded as the dean of African-American composers and a great admirer of Price’s art.

The orchestral version debuted in 1953, and throughout the piece, Southern folk song and spiritual tradition is heard in its three movements — “Nimble Feet,” “Tropical Noon” and “Silk Hat and Walking Cane.”

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Powers, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and non-YSU students, and free for children 11 and younger and YSU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.deyorpac.org and at the door the evening of the concert.

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