YSO honors veterans with concert

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will honor the men and women of the military at its next concert.

Two patriotic works will receive their Youngstown premiere at the concert, conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer.

“Quiet Heroes,” a symphonic tribute to the flag raisers at Iwo Jima during World War II was composed by Chris Brubeck. It was commisioned by the Fox Valley Symphony of Appleton, Wis., the hometown of John Bradley, one of the six Marines who raised the flag on Mount Surabachi, a moment that was captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

The composition tells the story of the six Marines, and the lives of the three who returned home.

State Rep. John Boccieri, D-Poland, a pilot in the Air Force Reserve who served during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, will narrate “Quiet Heroes” and “Letters Home from Vietnam,” which was created by Fleischer. Both works will be accompanied by images projected above the orchestra.

Also premiering is “In Selfless Service,” which was composed by Johnstown, Pa., native Paul Murtha, who was an arranger for the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.

Other selections will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film “Saving Private Ryan,” Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and a salute to the armed forces.

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.youngstownsymphony.com and by calling 330-744-0264.

Prior to the concert, the barbershop chorus the Penn-Ohio Singers, founded in 1981, will perform in the grand lobby.

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