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Published: Thu, November 1, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the men and women of America’s military with a Veterans Day concert Saturday at Powers Auditorium titled “In Selfless Service.”

State Rep. John Boccieri, who is also a pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, will narrate “Quiet Heroes,” a salute to the flag-raisers at Iwo Jima, and “Letters Home from Vietnam.”

An Air Force veteran with 24 years of service, Rep. Boccieri was deployed on five rotations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The Poland resident helped establish a military injury relief fund for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and is a commercial airline pilot.

“Quiet Heroes,” composed by Chris Brubeck, was commissioned by the Fox Valley Symphony of Appleton, Wis. – the hometown of John Bradley, one of the six marines who raised the flag at Mount Surabachi. The scene of the battlefield flag-raising was immortalized by a photo captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

“Quiet Heroes” tells the story of each of the six marines and the lives of the three who returned home.

Along with “Quiet Heroes,” the concert will also include the Youngstown premiere of “In Selfless Service” by Paul Murtha. A Johnstown, Pa., native, Murtha has served as arranger for the U.S. Military Academy Army Band at West Point and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.

“Letters Home from Vietnam” was created by Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor and music director of the YSO. Both “Letters” and “Quiet Heroes” will be accompanied by photographs projected above the orchestra.

Other selections on the program will be Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Copland’s “Quiet City,” Barber’s Adagio for Strings, John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

Before the concert, the Penn-Ohio Singers will perform in the grand lobby of Powers Auditorium. Directed by Mark Ostheimer, the barbershop vocal group includes members from the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are available youngstownsymphony.com or by phone at 330-744-0264. Military personnel will receive a discount, and the first 10 veterans who arrive in uniform will be admitted free.

A Stained Glass concert series performance will take place Sunday at the St. Elizabeth Health Care Center Chapel, located on the second floor of the Belmont Avenue hospital. It will be the first time that a concert in the series will take place at a venue other than a free-standing house of worship.

The concert will be broadcast to each patient’s room as part of the YSO’s outreach program to connect music and the healing process.

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