Oboe Concerto Starts Youngstown Symphony Season

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will begin its season at 8 p.m. Saturday with a classical concert featuring Alessandro Marcello’s “Oboe Concerto in C minor,” performed by Cynthia Watson, the orchestra’s principal oboist.

Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at the box office, 260 W. Federal St., online at YoungstownSymphony.com, or by phone at 330 744 0264.

Beginning this season, the orchestra will perform its classical concerts in the 600-seat Ford Family Recital Hall at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, and Saturday will mark the first in the new location. The pops concerts will remain in the adjacent 2,300-seat Powers Auditorium.

The opening concert was originally to feature Michael Strauss, principal violist of the YSO, in the Karl Stamitz viola concerto, but Strauss was unavailable.

Watson joined the orchestra as principal oboist in 2001. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, in India with the Kolkata Classics Series and in China with the Wenzhou Symphony Orchestra. She currently plays with the Canton Symphony and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Saturday’s concert program will also include the Rossini “La Scala di Setto” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4.”

Attendees will enjoy a champagne toast and be entered in a contest to win free tickets to an upcoming Youngstown Symphony performance. After the concert, the YSO Jazz Project will entertain in Flad Pavilion lobby.

The annual Stained Glass Series will return at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in the Finnegan Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Admission is free.

Selections will include Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” and excerpts from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Mozartiana Suite” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Summer.”

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