A new mural for George Floyd in downtown Yellow Springs.
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There’s a new memorial mural for George Floyd in Yellow Springs. Artist Pierre Nagley tells WYSO’s Jason Reynolds he just had to document this moment in American history.

Nagley says he, like millions of others, was deeply impacted by watching the video of George Floyd being killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

“It seemed like he was pleading to his mother,” Nagley says. “There was a moment when he said, ‘They’re gonna kill me, momma,’ and it was heartbreaking.”

A May 15, 2020 post on Clark State Performing Arts Center's FaceBook page shows the theatre's "ghost light" with the simple quote: "We'll reach up and rise again."
Clark State Performing Arts Center

Statewide stay-at-home orders have been lifted but bans on large gatherings remain in place. That’s heavily impacting performance arts organizations that depend on large audiences and who have been closed now for months.

As organizations wait for a green light from Governor Mike DeWine to reopen, in the meantime, they’re finding other ways to serve their patrons.

Music Director John Neely leads the Bach Society and the University of Dayton Chorale in their rehearsal for St. Matthew Passion, which retells the story of Jesus' capture, trial, and crucifixion from the Book of Matthew.
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Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday is this Sunday, March 31st, and the Bach Society of Dayton will be performing one of his masterworks, a piece called St. Matthew Passion.

It’s been billed as “the most significant choral composition in classical music,” and with good reason.


Work from Wright State University's art, music, theatre, dance, and motion pictures students will be on display at the campus' Creative Arts Center on Saturday, April 13 for the 20th annual Arts Gala.  Several Wright State students, along with Jennifer Buckwalter Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts, joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in studio for a preview of the event.