Virtual art: Cliffe College hosts virtual events

printmakerThe YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts hosts several upcoming virtual events, all free and open to the public:

Scottish printmaker gives lecture Nov. 18
Scottish printmaker Murray Robertson is the next featured speaker in the YSU Department of Art Lecture Series.

Robertson’s lecture at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 is free, open to the public and available via WebEx. The password is Xww8ChBWm54. The event address and password are also on

Robertson studied at Glasgow School of Art and continues to live and work in Glasgow, Scotland. A Master Printer at Glasgow Print Studio, he maintains his interest in traditional fine art printmaking, but it is the research, development and application of new technologies, specifically digital imaging and printing that has most influenced his current professional practice. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

masterclassGuitar masterclass on Zoom Nov. 20
YSU’s Guitar Studio hosts a virtual masterclass featuring New York jazz guitarists and recording artists Jim Campilongo and Luca Benedetti 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 on Zoom. The free class is open to the public. The password is 260191.

With 11 albums of original material and guest appearances on dozens of recordings, Campilongo, pictured, has two Gold records and has written music for several national commercials. He also is a published guitar teacher and contributing editor for Guitar Player Magazine. His group, the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, have performed every Monday at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.

A Brooklyn-based guitarist and producer, Benedetti has been performing in a wide variety of roots, jazz, country, and Americana-inspired projects since moving to New York in 1996. He’s an original member of the group, Honeyfingers, and his session work has been featured on several national commercials. He holds a bachelor's degree from The Berklee College of Music and a master's from The City College of New York.

More information at 330-727-7514.  

ZakMcDonough Honors Recital Series Nov. 21
YSU student trombonist Zak Rahal performs a virtual recital 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, as part of the McDonough Museum Honors Recital Series.

Watch the recital on the YSU McDonough Museum of Art YouTube channel and YSU Cliffe College YouTube channel. The series is a collaboration between the McDonough Museum of Art and the Dana School of Music where six students were selected as winners in the competition this semester.

Rahal, of Plymouth, Mich., is a junior at YSU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. Since coming to YSU, he has performed with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic. While in high school, he was principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. In summer 2016, he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra 2 program run by Carnegie Hall during its inaugural season. Other upcoming performances in the McDonough Honors Recital series: Saturday, Dec. 5, p.m. Bin Peng, flute. Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Kayla Gilmore, flute. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

Student compositions premiere Nov. 28
World premiere performances of music composed by students in YSU’s Dana School of Music will be presented during a virtual concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The concert will be on the McDonough Museum of Art YouTube channel and Cliffe College YouTube channel.

The concert, “If We Could Turn Back, An Evening of New Music by the YSU Composition Studio,” is part of the Dana at McDonough Series and features original compositions by 11 students in David Morgan’s studio.

“YSU music composition majors have been creating in a wide variety of styles and genres this semester,” Morgan said. “This concert will include music for solo piano, woodwind quintet, string quartet, art song, electro-acoustic music, microtonal music, contemporary jazz and fusion.”

Composition students are: Enzo Chiodi, Pittsburgh Pa.; Jesse Crownover, Pittsburgh Pa.; Maxwell Franko, Poland Ohio; Brandon Hackimer, Pittsburgh Pa.; Logan Hoffner, Gibsonia Pa.; Dai Hong, Falls Church Va.; Andrew Karkosiak, Broadview Heights Ohio; Brendan McEvoy, Cortland Ohio; Daniel Mihelarakis, Coraopolis Pa.; Severino Paredes, Vandergrift Pa.; and Juan Rodriguez, Warren Ohio.

Other students who will perform as part of a supporting ensemble are: Kayla Gilmore, flute; Camryn Doctor, oboe; Colin Davis, clarinet; Abaigael Mamish-Stotler, bassoon; Sydney DiCenso, soprano; Dai Hong, piano; Ian Kinnaman, double bass; Sean Garza, electric bass; Owen Davis, drum set; Audrey Jobe, violin; Kathryn Sewall, violin; Cas Stanaford, viola; Sean Williams, guitar; and Dana faculty member Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello.

More information at 330-727-7514.