Symphony fills Trans-Siberian void

It looks like Trans-Siberian Orchestra won’t be coming to Youngstown this year.

Covelli Centre — which has hosted TSO each of the past six years — is not on the schedule for the outfit’s upcoming winter tour.

But fans who’ve come to expect an annual dose of the grandiose group — which mixes screaming guitars and big vocals with the warmth and power of an orchestra — won’t be left out in the cold.

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will fill the void with the world premiere of “Rock Fusion.” Like TSO, the show mixes classic rock with a symphony, and is delivered with over-the-top flair. In fact, TSO lead singer Rob Evan and former TSO guitarist Alex Skolnick will be part of “Rock Fusion.”

So will the Dana Chorale, the full Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and a band that includes keyboards, bass and drums.

“Rock Fusion” was conceived and arranged by Randall Craig Fleischer, music director and conductor of the YSO. He will also play keyboards at the show, which will be Oct. 1 at Powers Auditorium.

Trans-Siberian starts with a soaring rock sound and adds a string section. But Fleischer said “Rock Fusion” is a little different. He called it Youngstown’s introduction to a full symphonic/rock fusion project.

It will feature iconic classic-rock songs by the likes of Jimi Hendrix (“Purple Haze”), Queen (“We Will Rock You”), The Beatles, Green Day (“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”), Pink Floyd (“On the Turning Away”) and Journey (“Don’t Stop Believin’”).

Call 330-744-0264 for tickets.

Shakespeare Festival chief to direct at Playhouse

Terry Burgler, artistic director of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron, will direct the Youngstown Playhouse’s production “Romeo and Juliet” in February.

Mary Ruth Lynn, executive director of the Playhouse, is understandably thrilled to have an experienced Shakespeare pro such as Burgler helming the production.

Burgler has a long history with the Bard, including co-founding the Ohio Shakespeare Festival 10 years ago.

The Playhouse performances will be Feb. 17-19 and 24-26. Dylan White has already been cast as Romeo.

RWB to release new album; film available on website

Red Wanting Blue will release its much-awaited next album “From the Vanishing Point” on Sept. 12, with the first single (“Audition”) due Sept. 9.

It will be the Columbus rockers’ first release since being signed to Fanatic Records. The band’s next Youngstown appearance will be Nov. 12 at Cedars.

Also, the documentary made earlier this year about the band is available for digital rental from the band’s website.

“These Magnificent Miles: On the Road with Red Wanting Blue,” made by New York theater producer Ken Davenport, can be rented for seven days for $5 at

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