Dana Gypsy Ensemble to open ‘Noon in the Park’ music series June 15 in Warren

The Dana Gypsy Ensemble in a recent photo. Electronic image courtesy of YSU.

The Dana Gypsy Ensemble, comprised of student musicians from YSU’s Dana School of Music, will present a free concert at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 15 in downtown Warren’s Courthouse Square Park. The concert kicks off the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County’s “Noon in the Park” series. Gary Lucas will open with music from the 50s through the 1970s.

Members of the ensemble include Tom Smith (lead guitar), Max Doyle (string bass), Joe Garwig (violin), Chris Mrofchak (rhythm guitar), and Mitch Lawrence (clarinet, soprano saxophone).

The group performs much of the music of guitarist Django Reinhardt, who electrified audiences in 1930s Paris with a new style of music that blended American swing, French dances and Gypsy rhythms. The group performs standards of the repertoire and recasts contemporary pop music in the mold of 1930s hot swing.

The ensemble has performed numerous concerts in the area and at the Dana School of Music. François Fowler, YSU professor of guitar, has called the group “one of the most exciting and original ensembles the Dana school has produced in years.” Randall Goldberg, YSU professor of Musicology, advises the group.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on FACT’s summer music series, visit The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County.

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