Ochsner Will Return to Lead Symphony in Classical Concert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Erik Ochsner will be the guest conductor when the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra presents “Musical Titans,” a concert featuring works by Mahler, Mozart and Strauss, on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The concert will include guest pianist David Allen Wehr.

Ochsner made his debut with the YSO last season, leading performances of “Ghostbusters: Live in Concert.” He is known for leading orchestras in concerts based on other famous movie scores.

Although his upcoming concert will feature classical music, Ocshner has said his goal at all of his performances is to stir the emotions of every person in the concert hall.

“[As a conductor], I always strive for goosebumps or tears. That’s not optional,” he said in an interview last year with the Business Journal. “If someone says to me [after a concert] that they felt either, I raise my arms like I scored a touchdown!”

Ochsner attended The Pierre Monteux School, is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is a Finnish American dual citizen.

Guest pianist Wehr is on the faculty at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of

Music, where he currently serves as dean and holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair.

Tickets for the March 10 concert range from $42 to $62, inclusive of all fees. Discounts are available for seniors and students. Call the box office at 330 259 9651 or go to youngstownsymphony.com.

Pictured at top: Conductor Eric Ochsner.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.