The 15th annual fall opera, Verdi’s Macbeth, will be performed in Stambaugh Auditorium on Friday, November 15 at 7:30pm. Based on the famous Shakespearean tragedy, Verdi’s Macbeth follows the rise to power of an increasingly paranoid Scottish general and the bloody prophesies steering his fate. After receiving glimpses of the future, Macbeth embarks on a murderous path to the throne, urged on by his wife’s unscrupulous ambition. Losing himself to delusion and paranoia, Macbeth struggles to escape his destiny.

In the titular role is Michael Young, who has performed with OWR as Belcore in Elixir of Love (2015), Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (2017), and most recently as part of OWR’s Spring Cabaret Tribute Show. English translations will be projected above the stage to assist guests in following the story, as the opera will be sung in Italian.

A four-course dinner will precede the performance. The meal will start with Smoked Salmon Crostini followed by a salad featuring mandarin oranges, pomegranate, and roasted beets, with white balsamic vinaigrette. The evening’s entrée is a grilled Lamb Chop paired with seared sea scallops, complemented by Parmesan potato parsnip puree and honey glazed winter root vegetables. The meal finishes with chocolate torte drizzled with white chocolate and raspberry, as well as hot coffee. The $60 meal ticket also includes beverages, tickets to the performance of Macbeth are in addition to the dinner ticket. Reservations for dinner must be made by November 12.

Tickets for the opera performance and the dinner are now available through the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium. Reserved seats for Macbeth range in price from $25-$75. The preopera dinner ticket does not include admission to the show. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Contact the box office with questions by calling 330-259-0555. Tickets can also be purchased online at

A Battle of the Big Bands featuring the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is coming to Stambaugh Auditorium Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30pm. From the Montreal Jazz Festival to Lake Mary, FL, this audience favorite show wows the crowd! Just like the Big Band battles from the ’30s and ’40s, the two bands take the stage in a back-and-forth competition that showcases jazz, swing, and favorite standards from the glory years. The clear winner is always the audience. No Big Band or jazz lover should miss a rematch!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after Big Band in the world for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. The orchestra’s present music director is Nick Hilscher.

In Big Band history, Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. It could swing with the best of them, and no other band could come close to Tommy’s when it came to playing ballads. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods – at superb dancing and listening tempos. Tommy sustained these moods through the arrangements of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl, Sy Oliver, and showcased singers who could project them brilliantly.

Ticket prices range from $20-$80. For more information and to order tickets, visit, or call the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium directly at 330-259-0555. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm.

Youngstown State University Skeggs Lecture Series presents Martin Sheen on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Endeared to audiences nationwide for his acting career which spans more than five decades, Martin Sheen uses his dynamic presence and celebrity status to lend an inspired voice to political and humanitarian causes around the globe.

Tickets are available beginning September 9, 2019 through the Stambaugh Auditorium website or by calling 330-259-0555.

Distant Signals achieves the essence and style of Rush by performing all of their classic hit songs. However, the band also adheres to many Rush fans desires to play songs that even Rush themselves haven’t played in a very long time. Distant Signals was formed on the sole premise to replicate the music of Rush to perfection and share with Rush fans.

Awaken is comprised of extremely talented and seasoned musicians dedicated to celebrating the music of Yes. By combining elements from the original studio recordings along with the inspirational power of past live Yes performances, Awaken provides a truly authentic and dramatic musical experience that will impress even the most critical and passionate fans of the band they pay tribute to.

For tickets, visit the Stambaugh Auditorium website or call 330-259-0555.

The Guess Who will bring their familiar chords and catchy choruses to Stambaugh Auditorium. This concert is welcomed by The Classic Rock Station Y103. The Guess Who, is connected to pop culture history with fourteen Top 40 hits, including “These Eyes,” “Clap For the Wolfman,” “American Woman,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” “Star Baby,” “Share the Land,” “Laughing,” “Undun,” and more. Founding member and original drummer/songwriter Garry Peterson says, “We’re coming at a new generation of fans who are seeing how the band can execute with enthusiasm. And we’re also making sure the respect level remains at an all time high for the fans who have been with the band from the beginning.” Joining Peterson onstage are veteran musicians keyboard player/flutist Leonard Shaw, lead guitarist Will Evankovich, bass legend Rudy Sarzo, and lead vocalist/guitarist Derek Sharp. Together the quintet annually tours North American with their awe-inspiring execution and their decades of radio hits.

Reserved tickets range from $35-$80. To purchase tickets, call 330-259-0555, go to, or visit the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium in person. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm.

Youngstown State University Skeggs Lecture Series presents Kevin Smith on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Tickets are available beginning May 20, 2019 through the Stambaugh Auditorium website or by calling 330-259-0555.

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. Composing a catalogue that includes fifteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and two one million-selling gold singles, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ’70s and ’80s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and ‘Dust In the Wind’ has been played on the radio more than three million times!

The band, which is currently comprised of keyboardist Tom Brislin, original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. KANSAS continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. Along with constant touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio. The band has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’

All tickets are reserved seating. For tickets, call 330-259-0555, go to, or visit the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium in person. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm.

The Airmen of Note is the Air Force’s premiere jazz ensemble created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Airforce’s dance band. The current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians, including one vocalist, that bring its own brand of big band jazz as well as contemporary music. The ensemble tours across the United States as well as to deployments around the world. The band is stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C. where they perform locally throughout the metropolis. In 1990, the Airmen of Note established the Jazz Heritage Series, featuring the “Note” in concert with legendary icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Doc Severinsen. The Jazz Heritage Series broadcasts to millions over NPR, independent jazz radio stations, satellite radio and the internet.

The Airmen of Note honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States. The excellence demonstrated by these Airmen musicians is a reflection displayed by Airmen stationed around the world. Each member is proud to represent all Airmen, whose service and sacrifices ensure the freedoms of the citizens of the United States of America.

While the show is free to the public, tickets are required. Tickets can picked up in person at the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office at Stambaugh Auditorium, call 330-259-0555, or visit Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday, 10am-2pm.