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Youth orchestra makes debut at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN — Area high school and middle school students in the Youngstown State University Youth Orchestra will perform Monday at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Formerly the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, the group is now sponsored and supported by the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and the Dana School of Music. Open to students ages 13 to 18 by audition, the group is under the direction of Michael S. Butler, orchestra director; Michele Prokop, symphonette orchestra director; and Richard Smrek, orchestra associate director.

The 31 students in the middle school Symphonette will perform “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Members of the 70-plus-member orchestra will perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Pilsner’s “A Light in the Ocean” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “New World”.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Stambaugh, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $5 with children ages 11 and younger and those with a valid YSU ID admitted for free.

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