PATRICIA C. SYAK | Symphony Notes Supporters help orchestra remain vital part of Valley



Public and private support for the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra enables the orchestra to reach new audiences, to foster community development, provide the highest quality programming and develop models for integrating music into the school curriculum.
The Ohio Arts Council is providing $42,569 to help with the 2004-05 Masterworks and Pops season, which accounts for about 2 percent of the Symphony Society's income. Remaining income is secured through the sale of tickets, theater rentals, box office services and the generous support of the private sector: individuals, corporations and foundations.
Individual concerts also have been underwritten:
The Symphony Guild will underwrite, in part, the opening concert Oct. 23 with guest artist Elmar Oliveira performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
General Motors Lordstown Complex will provide support for the orchestra's Feb. 5 concert featuring pianist Ursula Oppens.
Ricciuti Balog & amp; Partners Architects will help underwrite the March 12 concert featuring Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform Brahms' Second Piano Concerto.
First National Bank will help bring guest artist Joseph Kalichstein to town to perform Schumann Piano Concert on April 16.
Fall and winter
The Anthony Lariccia family is supporting the Nov. 6 Three Dog Night performance in the Pops Series.
Butler Wick & amp; Co.'s donation will support the holiday show by singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli on Dec. 4.
Youngstown Thermal is helping to underwrite the nostalgic look at one of the silver screen's most enduring couples, Fred Astraire and Ginger Rogers, Feb. 12. Singers and dancers will re-create such Astaire/Rogers classics as "The Carioca" and "I've Got Rhythm."
The DeBartolo Corporation and John and Denise York provide underwriting support for the April 9 show with the orchestra and the Joe Augustine Trio.
Home Savings & amp; Loan Company and Hynes Industries will assist on a special concert with the orchestra and singer Kenny Loggins on Feb. 18 at Powers Auditorium.
In addition to Masterworks, Pops and special event concert underwriting, the Youngstown Symphony Society seeks community and public sector support for educational programs and hall maintenance. During the season, Schwebel Baking Company and the Mahoning Valley Sports Charities will assist the society in engaging young people in meaningful educational programs, and the Edward W. Powers Trust will provided reimbursement funds for hall maintenance.
XPatricia C. Syak is executive director of Youngstown Symphony Society.

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