YSO Unveils 2022-23 Season as Search for Conductor Continues

YOUNGSTOWN – A holiday extravaganza with guest vocalist Marie Osmond will highlight the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season.

The season, announced today, will feature nine concerts, with the pops shows at the DeYor Performing Arts Center and the masterworks shows at Stambaugh Auditorium.

As the search for a music director continues, audience members will see some familiar faces from this past season as guest conductors, as well as a few new ones, according to Matt Pagac, chief executive and chief operating officer. The YSO has relied on guest conductors since the death of former music director Randall Craig Fleischer in 2020.

Season subscriptions and renewals, as well as individual tickets, are on sale now. Season subscribers will have the choice between pops and masterworks concerts, as well as full-season packages. Previous season subscribers will have the opportunity to renew their previous seats for the 2022-23 season through the box office.

The Pops in Powers series season subscriptions range from $225 to $375 (plus fees.) Masterworks series subscriptions range from $80 to $160 (plus fees.) Individual tickets range from $22 to $85 (plus fees).


The season will open Saturday, Sept. 10, with “Pops Mask-erade, ” featuring guest conductor Chelsea Gallo, who invites the audience to bring their favorite superhero mask. The program will consist of music from films.

Gallo will make her performance debut with the YSO this season. She is the staff conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gallo described the concert program as a “great balance between the traditional classical music you see at a masterworks concert, and music from pops concerts like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ because the first time they meet each other is at a mask ball. It’s a great way to start off the season.”

New this season, the YSO will take the audience on a nostalgic ride through Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score as the film “Ghostbusters” is screened with guest conductor Peter Bernstein at the podium. The performance will be in Powers Auditorium at the DeYor on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Marie Osmond, the country and pop singer, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker, will join the YSO for a lushly orchestrated and heartwarming show on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Here are the remaining concerts on the schedule:

Sept. 25: “Autumn Ablaze,” a masterworks concert at 2:30 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium with guest conductor Raffaele Ponti.

Nov. 20: “A Journey Serene,” a masterworks concert at 2:30 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium with guest vocalist Young Kwang Yoo, and guest conductor Dean Buck.

Jan. 29, 2023: “Classical Explorations,” a masterworks concert at 2:30 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium, with guest conductor Alberto Bade and guest artist Alberto Bade (trumpet).

Feb. 16, 2023: “Blockbuster Broadway,” a pops concert of show tunes at 7:30 p.m. in Powers Auditorium with guest conductor Andre Raphel.

March 10, 2023: “Musical Titans: Strauss, Mozart, Mahler,” a masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m. in Stambaugh Auditorium, with guest conductor Chelsea Gallo and guest pianist David Allen Wehr.

March 30, 2023: “Pops in Powers: A Night for Jazz,” a pops concert at 7:30 p.m. in Powers Auditorium, with guest conductor Dean Buck and guest vocalist Brianna Thomas.

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