YOUNGSTOWN – Marie Osmond and ‘Ghostbusters’ will join the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for its 2022-23 season. A new musical director will not.
The orchestra announced its next season on Thursday and the ensemble will continue to bring in guest conductors as it searches for a music director to replace Randall Craig Fleischer, who died in 2020.
YSO will play five pop concerts at Powers Auditorium and four masterpieces at Stambaugh Auditorium under the new schedule.
According to CEO and COO Matt Pagac, “Musicians are the Youngstown Symphony Society’s greatest asset, and we want to provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent and play an active role in the arts community of the scene of the region. »
The season kicks off Sept. 10 at Powers with “YSO Pops Mask-erade,” featuring music from “Star Wars,” “Batman,” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plus Sergei’s “Romeo and Juliet” sequel. Prokofiev and Wolfgang Overture “Don Giovanni” by Amadeus Mozart.
Chelsea Gallo will make her YSO debut as guest conductor, who is conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and will be associate conductor of the Florida Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022 – 23.
Gallo said in a press release announcing the season: “You can expect excellent polished masterpieces, very fun and joy-filled film music and a very special modern way to experience hybrid of these two types of music.”
Gallo will also be the guest conductor for a Masterpieces Concert on March 10, 2023, featuring music by Mozart, Johann Strauss II and Gustav Mahler and guest pianist David Allen Wehr.
Other programs in the pop series include: “Ghostbusters in Concert,” a screening of the 1984 comedy with the orchestra performing Elmer Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score with his son, Peter, conducting on Oct. 8; a Christmas Symphony Concert on December 8 featuring singer and actress Marie Osmond; “Blockbuster Broadway” on February 16, 2023, with a lineup featuring songs from “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” and other musicals; and “A Night for Jazz” on March 30, 2023, with vocalist Brianna Thomas and guest conductor Dean Buck.
Buck, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of the Cleveland Opera Theater, will also conduct the Nov. 20 Masterpieces Concert with guest vocalist Young Kwang Yoo in a program featuring works by Mahler and Johannes Brahms.
Other Masterpiece Series concerts include “Autumn Ablaze” with guest conductor Raffaele Ponti on September 25 and “Classical Exploration” with guest conductor Alberto Bade and trumpeter Brian Neal on January 29, 2023.
Bade is director of orchestral studies at Miami Dade College in Florida and conductor of the MDC Symphony Orchestra. Ponti, music director of the Punta Gorda (Fla.) Symphony and Paducah (Ky.) Symphony Orchestra, and Raphel, former music director of the Wheeling (W.Va.) Symphony Orchestra, are returning guest conductors from last season.
• September 10 — YSO Pops Mask-erade with Chelsea Gallo, guest conductor, at 7:30 p.m.
• October 8 — The film “Ghostbusters” with YSO performing the Oscar-nominated score by Elmer Bernstein conducted by Peter Bernstein at 2:30 p.m.
• December 8 — “A Symphonic Christmas” with singer/actress Marie Osmond at 7:30 p.m.
• February 16, 2023 — “Blockbuster Broadway” with Andre Raphel, guest conductor, at 7:30 p.m.
• March 30, 2023 — “A Night for Jazz” with Dean Buck, guest conductor, and Brianna Thomas, singer, at 7:30 p.m.
All pop concerts are held at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Season tickets for all five concerts range from $225 to $375, which includes free parking at the DeYor Performing Arts Center.
• September 25 — “Autumn Ablaze” with Raffaele Ponti, guest conductor, at 2:30 p.m.
• November 20 — “A Journey Serene” with Dean Buck, guest conductor, and Young Kwang Yoo, singer, at 2:30 p.m.
• January 29, 2023 — “Classical Exploration” with Alberto Bade, guest conductor, and Brian Neal, trumpet, at 2:30 p.m.
• March 10, 2023 — “Musical Titans: Strauss, Mozart, Mahler” with Chelsea Gallo, guest conductor and David Allen Wehr, piano, at 7:30 p.m.
All Masterpiece Concerts are held in the Stambaugh Auditorium Concert Hall, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Season tickets for all four performances range from $80 to $160.
Subscriptions for both series are available online at youngstownsymphony.com/season-tickets/ and by calling 330-259-9651.