Youngstown Symphony salutes the Grand Canyon

The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will have visual accompaniment for its next concert.

Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the orchestra in a performance of Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite, which will by synchronized to projected images of Grand Canyon National Park that were compiled by composer Stephen Lias from the National Park Service and other photographers. Lias is a professor of composition at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and has created a series of works about the national parks.

Grofe composed the suite in 1931, and it has been featured in numerous television and radio commercials as well as a Walt Disney film.

Other selections will include Aaron Copland’s “Four Dance Episodes” from his ballet “Rodeo,” Samuel Barber’s “Second Essay” and John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes,” which was commissioned for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets range from $20 to $55 and are available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, online at www.theyoungstownsymphony.com and by calling 330-744-0264.

Prior to the concert Demos Papadimas and his band will perform in the Grand Lobby starting at 7 p.m., and the Youngstown Symphony Jazz Project will play after the concert in the lobby of Overture.

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