PATRICIA C. SYAK | Symphony Notes Beethoven, 'Sound of Music' to fill the air at Powers



From the classics of Beethoven and a salute to the golden age of radio by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Isaiah Jackson to the ever-popular "The Sound of Music," an array of entertainment options will chase away the late winter chill.
All events are at the Edward W. Powers Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Symphony Center box office at (330) 744-0264.
On Saturday, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra devotes an evening to the music of Beethoven and opens with the Overture to the ballet "Prometheus." His Piano Concerto No. 3 will represent Beethoven's concerto masterpieces, and his symphonic compositions by the A major Seventh. Guest artist for the Piano Concerto will be Alon Goldstein.
Israeli native Alon Goldstein makes his triumphant return to Youngstown after last year's stunning debut. One of the most respected young pianists on the international scene, Goldstein is admired for both his technical prowess and musical intelligence.
Background story
April 5, 1803 was a hectic day for young Beethoven in Vienna. A concert of his music was scheduled for that evening and parts of a piano concerto and oratorio were still unwritten. Beethoven was the soloist for the premiere of his Third Piano Concerto and as it was the practice for concert pianists to play with the music before them. Ritter van Seyfeld, a Beethoven student, was appointed the task of page-turner for Beethoven. Beethoven's manuscript was almost bare of notes. The few markings were signs only recognizable by the composer who upon reaching the end of an "invisible passage" gave a secret nod to his friend to turn the page. The C minor Concerto marks a stage in Beethoven's development midway between a style broadly influenced by Mozart and one more distinctively his own.
The nine symphonies of Beethoven span 23 years and encompass a continent of symphonic development. The Symphony No. 7 completed in 1812 displays a powerful rhythmic emphasis that no doubt led composer Richard Wagner to describe the Seventh as an "apotheosis of the dance."
The all-Beethoven concert is underwritten in part by the DeBartolo Corporation and John and Denise York.
Popular musical
"The Sound of Music," Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved classic of the Von Trapp Singers, comes to Powers Auditorium for two performances March 29 and 30. "The Sound of Music" is the enchanting story of Maria, a spirited young novice who, unsure of whether the monastic life is her true calling, leaves the abbey to become a governess. Endearing herself to a family of seven motherless children and warming the heart of their stern widowed father, Maria discovers that the power of music and the magic of love may be all she needs to find her way. The delightful and inspiring story features a glorious string of songs including "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." "The Sound of Music" is the second national touring production in the Symphony Society's Broadway Series sponsored in conjunction with First Place Bank Community Foundation.
Evoking WW II era
The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concludes the John W. and Dorothy B. Ford Pops Series on April 3 with guest artist Five by Design and a salute to the golden age of radio. Paying tribute to the vocal groups that fronted the big bands of the '40s, Radio Days interweaves music from the likes of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey with segments from vintage serials such as "Jack Armstrong -- All American Boy" and "The Shadow," comedies and quiz shows to provide a heartwarming tribute to America's men and women who served during World War II. Combining the quintet's talents for storytelling, elegant stage and lighting design and vintage fashions with their lush, signature harmonies, Five by Design's production embraces some of America's best-loved songs. Radio Days in underwritten in part by First National Bank.
XPatricia C. Syak is Executive Director of the Youngstown Symphony Society.

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