PATRICIA C. SYAK | Youngstown Symphony 75th year saw many accomplishments
This was truly a season of celebration in the orchestra's Diamond Jubilee year. The orchestra's Masterworks and Pops Series both presented a diverse spectrum of music and artistry in critically acclaimed concerts.
During the 75th anniversary season, 17,500 patrons were entertained at subscription concerts conducted by Music Director Isaiah Jackson at Powers Auditorium.
On Sept. 20, 2000, the Youngstown Symphony Society unveiled renovated and expanded spaces at Symphony Center that streamlined operations, increased visitor access, enhanced patron convenience and comfort and secured the Symphony Center's position as the hub of arts and entertainment in the Mahoning Valley.
Partnered with YSU: The society and Youngstown State University embarked on a partnership this year that will provide cultural, educational and economic assets for the community. The proposed 600-seat concert hall will serve as the performing venue for the Dana School of Music and accommodate the expanding needs of the symphony and other community arts organizations. With the construction of the west wing, it is estimated that 400 to 600 more area residents will visit downtown more than 60 times every year, furthering economic development.
Renovated spaces at Symphony Center will benefit the area's children and teachers.
With the conversion of spaces once occupied by symphony management and box office staff, the Adler Art Academy will house the university's expanded SMARTS program, providing a safe place where Youngstown's children can go for arts education after school, on weekends and in the summer.
Variety of events: Mahoning Valley's entertainment options were varied this year with society-sponsored events and theater rentals.
The Broadway Series, presented in conjunction with First Place Bank, featured national touring musicals "Footloose," "Show Boat" and "Jekyll & amp; Hyde." Other society-sponsored attractions were The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the opera "Die Fledermaus" and Paul Anka in Concert. These events attracted 12,575 Mahoning Valley residents. Additionally, 93,000 patrons attended performances at Symphony Center, many presented by regional arts organizations that enjoyed society-subsidized rental packages.
For children: Through creative educational programming, the society instills an appreciation for music in tomorrow's leaders.
Storytyme, an imaginative program directed to an audience of 3- and 4-year-olds, reached 631 day care and nursery school children during 52 performances at 15 sites. A Storytyme for Kindergarten program reached 753 children in 39 performances at 31 sites.
Tiny Tot programs, presented by the Youngstown Symphony String Quartet, were performed for 868 children at 31 school sites.
In-school Fanfare concerts tailored to the elementary-grade level and also performed by the Youngstown Symphony String Quartet, reached 876 children at 17 schools.
Connections, a program to integrate the live concert experience with classroom studies, brought more than 300 junior- and senior-high school pupils and 20 YSU honors program students to subscription concerts and open rehearsals.
School-release Young People's Concerts, sponsored by the Women's Committee for Children's Concerts and featuring the YSU Brass Ensemble, brought more than 10,000 pupils and their instructors to Powers Auditorium for four daytime concerts.
The 94-member Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Gage, presented three concerts at Powers.
XPatricia C. Syak, Symphony Society executive director, presented the achievements of the organization during her report to the society.