Symphony offers salute to pioneers

Staff report


The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will continue its season-long musical tribute to the people of the Mahoning Valley with a salute to Italian pioneers at its concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Powers Auditorium.

Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at, by phone at 330-744-0264 and at the DeYor Center for the Performing Arts box office, 260 W. Federal St., downtown.

Music director Randall Craig Fleischer will direct the orchestra in the “Orfeo Overture” by Monteverdi, Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and operatic selections from Verdi’s “Aida” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

Also on the program will be Mozart’s ballet music from “Idomeneo” and Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso No. 8. Concluding the program will be Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances” and “Pines of Rome.”

Before the concert, George Beelen will present the second installment of his Mahoning Valley Populations conversations, with insight into early Italian settlements in the community.

Also, former boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be in the Grand Lobby to autograph bottles of his latest Southpaw Wine release. The wine will be available for purchase.

After the concert, patrons are invited to enjoy snacks and beverages at After Hours in the Overture with the Jeff Bremer Jazz Trio.

For reservations for dinner at Overture before or after the concert, call 330-744-9900. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Also this weekend, the YSO’s Stained Glass Series will continue with a performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 131 E. Wood St., Lowellville. The free concert is open to the public.

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