Warren Philharmonic Plans a Colorful Fall Concert

WARREN, Ohio – The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra will present its fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave.

Titled “Colorful Journeys,” the performance will feature a beloved symphony by Schubert, two contrasting American works whose composers will be present, a wild Czech dance and picturesque evocations of Spanish dancers and toreadors from Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” 

Under the baton of music director and conductor Susan Davenny Wyner, the orchestra will perform “Dance of the Comedians” by Bedrich Smetana, Symphony No. 8 “The Unfinished” by Franz Schubert, “Sizzle” (2000) by Margaret Brouwer, Epilogue (1996) by Yehudi Wyner and Carmen Suite No.1 by Bizet.

“I am particularly excited by the contrasts and variety of experiences in this concert,” Davenny Wyner said. “We go from the extroverted dazzle of dancing comedians and Brouwer’s ‘Sizzle,’ which drew its inspiration from overhearing rap coming from a car stopped at a traffic light, to the depth and warmth of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony and Yehudi Wyner’s Epilogue.”

Bizet’s famous suite from “Carmen,” which ranges from dramatic to dreamy to a celebratory parade, will cap the evening.

Both of the American composers – Brouwer and Yehudi Wyner – will be at the concert to introduce their pieces.

“They are not only important American figures (Wyner is a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner) but they speak about their music in a way that is articulate, thoughtful, inspiring and intriguing,” Wyner said.

Each piece in the program will highlight the characteristics of the instruments in the orchestra: trumpets, trombones and horns; flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons; harp and a slew of percussion instruments.

“And, of course,” Wyner said, “it is the warmth, color and glow of the stringed instruments, which make up what is so special about the orchestra’s sound.”

Tickets for the concert are $30 ($15 for students; free for children under 13, with a guardian) and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, go to warrenphilharmonic.org.

Pictured at top: Susan Davenny Wyner will lead the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra in concert Sunday.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.