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Youngstown Symphony Orchestra opens with soloist Michael Strauss

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will showcase one of its own for the opening concert of the 2019-20 season.

Michael Strauss, principal violist with the orchestra, will be the featured soloist on the Karl Stamitz Viola Concerto, one of the most famous works in the solo viola repertoire.

Strauss has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and clinician. He also can be heard on the Suzuki Viola School CDs, volumes 8 and 9.

Before joining the YSO, Strauss was principal violist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Other selections on the program, conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer, include Gioachino Rossini’s “The Silken Staircase” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

The concert will be followed by a performance by the YSO Jazz Project in the Flad lobby with refreshments available for purchase.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at the DeYor box office, online at www. youngstownsymphony. com and by calling 330-744-0264.

Sunday will be the first performance in the orchestra’s free Stained Glass Concert Series with a return to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown.

Last year’s concert at the hospital attracted an overflow crowd, so this year’s concert has been moved to the larger Finnegan Room. It also will be broadcast on closed circuit television so patients will be able to watch it live in their rooms.