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Published: Thu, October 5, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University will again present Octubafest, a series of free concerts, starting with a recital by guest artist Michael Forbes at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Bliss Recital Hall.

Honoring the rich heritage of the tuba and euphonium, Octubafest was established in 1973 by Harvey Philips, professor emeritus of Indiana University School of Music, to showcase the solo and ensemble repertoire for the instruments.

“Octubafest is a fun way to celebrate instruments that are usually at the back of an ensemble, bringing them to the forefront,” said Brian Kiser, associate professor of tuba at the Dana.

Forbes began his career as a tubist with the U.S. Army Band Pershing’s Own, and subsequently served on the music faculties at a number of universities before obtaining his current position as associate lecturer of low brass at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

An extremely active performer and teacher, Forbes has given performances and clinics at music conservatories and festivals all over the world. Forbes is also the principal tubist with the La Crosse and Manitowoc symphony orchestras in Wisconsin and has served as the tubist with “Guy’s All-Star Shoeband” on Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Here is the complete Octubafest schedule:

Monday: Michael Forbes, 7:30 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.

Oct. 15: Jacob Umbrazun, 1 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.

Oct. 17: Prof. Brian Kiser and pianist Jack Ciarniello, 7:30 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.

Oct. 18: Tuba-euphonium recital, 12:15 p.m., Butler Institute of American Art.

Oct. 22: Rebecca Shelton, euphonium recital, 12:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Oct. 22: Tuba-euphonium studio recital, 6 p.m., Bliss Recital Hall.

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