YSO plays Ford Family Recital Hall concert

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will leave its usual home at Powers Auditorium and go next door to the more intimate Ford Family Recital Hall for a concert on Saturday.

Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the orchestra in a program of Baroque-era music.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 will open the night. The six pieces, collectively referenced as the Brandenburgs, utilize a wide variety of solo instruments in a breakaway from similar works of the period that showcased string instruments.

The Fifth Brandenburg utilizes the flute and harpsichord extensively, and YSO principal flutist Kathleen Shaffer and pianist Nancy DeSalvo will be featured.

Also on the program is Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Vivaldi wrote the piece while teaching at the Pio Ospedale della Picta, an institution in Venice for orphaned girls, for the young residents to perform for the nobility. Each section is devoted to a different season and is accompanied by a relevant sonnet.

WKBN-TV anchor Stan Boney will narrate the sonnets and YSO concertmaster Rachel Stegeman will perform the solo passages in the Four Seasons.

Stegeman played with the National Symphony and the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and with the Pacific and Sacramento symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in California. She lives in Pittsburgh, where she is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University and associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet orchestras.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford Family Recital Hall, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets are $45 and $30 and are available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, online at www.youngstownsymphony.com and by calling 330-744-0264.