Violinist Fain to join YSO for ‘Celtic Glory’

Staff report


The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and music director Randall Craig Fleischer will be joined by violinist Tim Fain for “Celtic Glory,” a concert of music fit for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Powers Auditorium, downtown. Tickets are on sale now at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, by phone at 330-744-0264 or online at

Fain, who will perform the Bruch “Scottish Fantasy” with the orchestra, recently was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy-nominated “Black Swan” soundtrack and heard as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Fox Searchlight’s feature film “Bee Season.”

Fain captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and launched his career with Young Concert Artists. Since then, the young violinist with a matinee idol profile has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Orchestra of St. Luke.

Fain also has appeared with the Mexico City and Oxford (UK) Symphonies, Cincinnati Chamber Symphony, Brooklyn and Hague Philharmonics and numerous music festivals including the Ravinia Festival. He has appeared alongside New York City ballet dancers and with singer-songwriter Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Saturday’s concert will open with Maxwell Davies’ “An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise” and bagpiper Bentley Wall.

Wall is a member of the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Ontario, Canada, the North Coast Pipe Band of Cleveland and Midwest Pipe Band Society of Chicago. Wall has appeared as a bagpipe soloist with the Richmond (Ind.) Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

The concert, underwritten in part by First National Bank, concludes with Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony.

The Youngstown Symphony Symphonette, under the direction of Michele Prokop, will present a cameo concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The student orchestra comprised of string students in grades five through seven will perform a varied program of popular musical selections.

The Stained Glass Concert Series will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvary and Covenant Presbyterian Church, 119 Laird Ave., Warren. The orchestra, under the direction of Fleischer, will present a variety of classical music excerpts and vocal selections by the combined church choir. Admission is free.

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