Organist joins YSO for Stambaugh concert

Organist Scott Dettra and guest conductor John Varineau will join the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for a concert Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The concert will feature works by Joseph Jongen, Seth Bingham and Camille Saint-Saens and will mark the 10th anniversary of the restoration of Stambaugh’s 1926 E.M. Skinner pipe organ.

Dettra is director of music at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas and a member of the organ faculty at Southern Methodist University. He also is the organist for The Crossing, a Grammy-winning chamber choir based in Philadelphia.

His CDs include “The Anglo-American Classic Organ,” “Majestus” and Tongues of Fire,” and his performances have been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” and “Performance Today” as well as the BBC’s”Choral Evensong.”

In addition to his works accompanied by the orchestra, Dettra will play the solo organ pieces “Priere” by Jongen and “Passacaglia in E minor” by Bingham.

Varineau retired earlier this year after 36 years as associate conductor of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony. He also served as music director for the Holland Chamber Orchestra and has conducted more than a dozen symphony orchestras and philharmonics.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets range from $42 to $62 and are available at the DeYor and Stambaugh box offices, online at stambaughauditorium.com and by calling 330-259-0555.


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