Paige & Byrnes celebrates centennial with free WPO concert
Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
• Paige & Byrnes Insurance Co. in Howland is celebrating its 100th anniversary by presenting a free concert by the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.
“A Hollywood Salute” will feature the orchestra with guest conductor Michael Gelfand performing a concert filled with movie music at downtown Warren’s Robins Theatre on Sept. 11.
“We thought this would be an appropriate event to celebrate that longevity in the business,” Paige & Byrnes owner John Taylor said. “We approached the Warren Philharmonic, told them what we’d like to do, and they expressed a desire to do it.”
The concert originally was planned for 2020, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A couple of other dates have been penciled in and erased as the pandemic continued.
“We’re going to have the event this time come hell or high water,” Taylor said.
WPO Executive Director Barry Dunaway said the concert is a welcome opportunity, especially after the long layoff.
“We’re very glad for the musicians, who finally get a chance to play again,” Dunaway said. “We canceled three concerts (during the pandemic), which certainly had an impact on their income and opportunities to make ends meet. We’re so happy the Taylors decided to do this.”
Taylor requested several favorite pieces for the program, including music from two Gregory Peck films, 1958’s “The Big Country” and 1962’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He also requested selections from the musical “Grease,” which is his wife’s favorite movie.
The evening will include James Bond songs, “Por Una Cabeza” from “Scent of a Woman,” “Colonel Bogey March” from “Bridge Over the River Kwai” and music from “Schindler’s List” and several Westerns (“The Magnificent Seven,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Hang ’em High” and “How the West Was Won”) as well as tributes to composers Henry Mancini and John Williams.
Gelfand is the conductor of the Greenville (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra.
“He plays in our orchestra so we know him well,” Dunaway said. “Along with being the conductor in Greenville, he has a lot of experience conducting other orchestras throughout the United States. He was just a natural for us to contact.”
WPO Conductor Susan Davenny Wyner will return for its spring 2022 performance.
Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert is free, but general admission tickets are required and can be requested by emailing PB100Event@gmail.com or by calling 330-759-4570.
• There’s no TSO for the Yo’ this holiday season.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced its 25th anniversary tour schedule on Monday, and the Covelli Centre is not on the itinerary. Youngstown frequently has been one of the first cities to get the annual fusion of hard rock and holiday cheer.
The 2021 tour, which includes two units criss-crossing the country, does include five Ohio cities — Cincinnati’s Heritage Bank Center on Dec. 2, Toledo’s Huntington Center on Dec. 3, Dayton’s Nutter Center on Dec. 4, Columbus’ Nationwide Arena on Dec. 26 and Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Dec. 30 — as well as Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena on Dec. 29, for TSO fans who want to travel.
Tickets will go on sale to TSO Fan Club members on Sept. 9 (for November dates) and Sept. 10 (for December shows). Fans also will have to register through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program for access to those presale.
A second presale that doesn’t require Verified Fan registration is planned Sept. 16 and will be accessible with the password: TSO25. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 17.
Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at