Youngstown Symphony aims to reach young people

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Staff report


The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and its Youth Orchestra will present concerts this month that aim to build appreciation for classical music among young people.

The Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Gage and Richard Smrek, will perform its Spring Concert at Powers Auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are on sale at the box office, by phone at 330-744-0264 or online at

Youth Orchestra Senior Concerto Competition winner and Concertmaster Aadam Zocolo, a Boardman High School violinist, will perform the First Movement of the Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor. Zocolo is a student of John Wilcox. Other selections to be performed include Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 and the Second, Third and Fourth Movements of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. During the concert, senior members of the orchestra will be recognized by Youth Orchestra President Cynthia Smotzer, who will also present the Garnet Klepfer Scholarship and Harry A. Syak Scholarship awards.

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Randall Craig Fleischer with narrator Heidi Joyce, will present a Young Peoples Concert at area schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties from May 14 through May 18. The interactive program, “The Write Stuff,” explores the structure of a story and the similarities to the structure of music.

Concerts are scheduled at 10 a.m. May 14 at St. Rose School in Girard; 9:30 a.m. May 15 at Crestview Local School District; 1:15 p.m. May 16 at Campbell School District; 9:15 a.m. May 17 for Poland Elementary School and 2 p.m. May 18 at Southington Local School District.