Youngstown Symphony Ticket Sales Climb

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Not only did the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra have another strong year artistically, it enjoyed a better year financially, Patricia Syak reported Tuesday.

Syak is president and CEO of the Youngstown Symphony.

The 2015-16 season saw an 11% increase in ticket sales over the preceding season to The Youngstown’s John S. and Doris M. Andrews (classical) concerts, Syak said, and an 84% increase in ticket sales to its John W. and Dorothy B. Ford (pops) series.

The outreach program of the symphony – “Stained Glass Concerts” and performances in Mahoning Valley schools – “have established record-breaking attendance,” Syak said.

Music director Randall Craig Fleischer led musicians in the “Young People’s Concert Series” before 3,342 pupils in elementary schools in the Poland, South Range and West Branch school districts and other students, including home-schooled and those with special needs, at the DeYor Performing Arts Center.

The Cabaret Nights at the DeYor, presented in partnership with Easy Street Productions and held in the Overtures lobby, has also proved successful, Syak said.

In the next state capital budget, $1.25 million was allocated to the symphony to fund interior improvements in the DeYor, she noted.

On the symphony schedule this fall are Stained Glass concerts at Canfield United Methodist Church, 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 18, and at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Lowellville, at 5 p.m. Nov. 6. These concerts are free and open to the public.

Theme of the 2016-17 concerts is “Journey to Freedom,” which culminates March 25 with “When I Crossed That Line to Freedom.”

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