Symphony orchestra spotlights Italian composers

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will continue its focus on music from the countries whose people settled in the Mahoning Valley at its next concert.

Italian pioneers will be the theme of the performance as Music Director and Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer leads the orchestra in a program featuring the Orfeo Overture by Claudio Monteverdi, Giocchino Rossini’s William Tell Overture and selections from the Giuseppe Verdi opera “Aida.”

Also on the program will be Wolfgang Mozart’s ballet music from “Idomeneo,” Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso No. 8 and Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances from “Pines of Rome.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. George Beelen will present the second installment of his Mahoning Valley Populations conversations before the concert with insight into early Italian settlements in the community. Former boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be in the Grand Lobby before the concert to autograph bottles of his latest Southpaw wine release.

The Jeff Bremer Jazz Trio will perform in the Overture lobby after the concert.

Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, online at and by calling 330-744-0264.