Youngstown Symphony Gets in Tune by Adding Concerts

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra changed its delivery services in 2019. It relocated the presentation of classical concerts to Ford Family Recital Hall, performed semi-staged concert versions of musical theater in conjunction with Easy Street Productions and expanded the Stained Glass Concert Series to include community and health-care centers together with houses of worship, says Patricia A. Syak, president and CEO. 

 YSO saw an increase with the in-school Young People’s Concerts, which reached more than 2,500 students at nine schools, she reports. And, in an effort to accommodate more locations wishing to host Stained Glass Concerts, the orchestra nearly doubled the number of concerts from the previous season and increased philanthropic support for its programs. 

At the same time, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra reached a broader segment of the community through concerts at Butler North, the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, St. Patrick Church and Stambaugh Auditorium. Such outreach performances will continue this year, according to Syak. 

In 2020, she continues, the DeYor Performing Arts Center will complete sound and lighting upgrades and stage enhancements and rehabilitation projects to advance the use of technology, conserve energy and promote patron access. 

The large number of entertainment and venue options has encouraged the Youngstown Symphony Society to forge collaborations with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Youngstown State University, Stambaugh Auditorium, Easy Street Productions and the Holiday Flea, Syak says. The society is also marketing the DeYor Performing Arts Center as a venue to serve the needs of the business sector and as a center for celebrations.  

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