Saturday’s concert by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Randall Craig Fleischer, will include the Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with guest violinist Bella Hristova, and Beethoven’s Second Symphony.
The Adagio for Strings originated as part of Barber’s String Quartet in B minor. The composer’s most popular opus, it is well suited as an elegy and frequently is performed for this purpose; the Adagio (the word means “slow movement”) was broadcast after the announcement of president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death in 1945 and at Barber’s own funeral.
Guest violinist Hristova came to prominence when she was awarded first prize in the 2008-09 Young Artist Concert Series.
Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, Hristova began violin studies at the age of 6. She has lived in the United States since the age of 13, attending classes at the Curtis Institute of Music and later at Indiana University.
Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto, known as the Turkish Concerto, was competed Dec. 20, 1775, two years before Mozart completed his tenure as leader of the Archbishop of Salzburg’s concert orchestra. Mozart was most likely the soloist at the premiere.
The orchestra will conclude Saturday’s concert with Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Beethoven wrote the symphony while he was in the eastern Alps village of Heilgenstadt, Austria, to ease the pain in his ears and his growing deafness.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Youngstown Symphony String Orchestra, conducted by Fleischer, will continue the Stained Glass Concert Series at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St., Canfield.
The free concert, presented by the Canfield community churches, will feature music by Bach, Barber, Britten. Mozart, Pachelbel and Tchaikovsky, and the Vaughn Williams “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” which will be performed by the community choir.