Youngstown Symphony goes a little bit country

Posted on: November 3, 2015

“A symphony orchestra playing country music? It could only be one of Randall Craig Fleischer’s projects,” writes Guy D’Astolfo on Sunday (11/1) at (Youngstown, OH). “Fleischer, the music director and conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, is known for his creative pieces that merge modern genres with classical arrangement and instrumentation. His latest is ‘Country Legends,’ which the YSO will perform at its pops concert Saturday at Powers Auditorium. With a country band and singers as accompanists, the orchestra will play a cross-section of country music hits … Patrons are invited to wear country or Western apparel…. [Says Fleischer,] ‘I love jazz and rock, and I’m becoming a country music fan…. You will hear everything from Hank Williams to Carrie Underwood, and Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks. I will be wearing country boots and jeans. I hope the audience does, too.’… Local vocalists James McClellan, Janeen Williams and Cassandra Rondinella and a country band will join the guest soloists and the full symphony orchestra. The country band will consist of some members of the YSO, plus a steel guitarist. Joseph Krumholz, who is a music professor at Youngstown State University, will play the bluegrass fiddle.”

Posted November 3, 2015