Autumn Ablaze

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to doors opening on the event date.

The Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office is open to phone sales only
Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Contact: 330-259-0555

In-person ticket sales will be available at the DeYor Performing Arts Center during business hours, or 1 hour prior to performances at Stambaugh Auditorium.

For most events, the exterior doors will open one hour prior to the scheduled event start time.

The Elevator is located in the south west corner just inside the ADA / Garden Entrance on the left.

Restrooms may be found on all levels. Accessible (ADA) restrooms may be found off of the ground floor (Ballroom) lobby & across from the elevator on the balcony/third level.

All parking is free for Stambaugh Auditorium Events. Please call ahead for ADA Parking.

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ADA Seating:
There is ADA accessible seating for all events. ADA accessible seating in the Concert Hall is available on the main floor only. Balcony & Gallery are not ADA accessible. Please call the box office if ADA accessible seating is needed. 

Events and prices are subject to change or cancellation. Ticket Service Fees of up to $6.00 may be assessed to the face value of each ticket purchased. All sales are final. Tickets cannot be refunded, returned, or exchanged. Other restrictions may apply. 

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Youngstown, Ohio 44504

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Set your emotions ablaze, experience the soaring expressions of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the bursting assertiveness of Mikhail’s Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture. Puccini’s I crisantemi (The Chrysanthemums) release sentiments of grief that rise into excitement as The Firebird engulfs the hall’s acoustics. Guest conductor Rafaele Ponti returns to lead Your Youngstown Symphony Orchestra through this passionate concert.   

Conductor Raffaele Ponti

Internationally recognized Conductor Raffaele Ponti is an artist of Dynamic Personality, Charismatic Performances, and Superb Musicianship. He is known for his powerful musical interpretations, rich and unique quality of sound, and breath of colors that he inspires, and draws from every orchestra he conducts. Making his mark as a model for today’s conductors, Raffaele Ponti is recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, and to audience and community engagement.   

Especially recognized for his interpretations of the core repertoire, Raffaele Ponti has also collaborated closely with many extraordinary contemporary composers including Kenneth Fuchs, Roberto Sierra, and Jennifer Higdon. In recent seasons he has collaborated with David Kim, Ilya Kaler, William Wolfram, Terrance Wilson, Glenn Dicterow. Franklin Cohen, Joseph Alessi, Fabio Bidini, Eugenia Zukerman, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Jeffrey Biegel, Stewart Goodyear, Juana Zayas, Timothy McAllister, Joan Kwuon, Sabrina-Vivian Hopcker, Elena Urioste, Michael Ludwig, David Halen, Philippe Quint, Jeffrey Multer, all led to rave reviews.   

Raffaele Ponti now maintains an active worldwide conducting schedule, having appeared with the Sofia Symphony, Pescara Symphony, Siena Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Billings Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Utica Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, and the orchestras in Roma, Arezzo, Pistoia, Lucca, Pisa, Firenze, Grosseto, Venezia, Padova, Pienza, Treviso, Spello, Milano, Perugia, Massa, Terni, Bologna, Ferrara, Ripatransone, Pesaro, Civitavecchia, San Gimignano, Genoa, Sinalunga, Cortona, Tocco da Casauria, Montepulciano, Montacatini Terme, Bagno Vignoni, and Prato.   

Raffaele Ponti is equally in demand as an opera conductor. In 1998 he was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Italia Konzert Opera Internationale where he toured Italy annually with triumph performances of Tosca, Il Trovatore, Nabucco, Madama Butterfly, L’Elisir d’amore, Carmen, Aida, La Boheme, and Rigoletto. His Italian opera tours include the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Varna State Opera, and Italia Konzert Opera Internationale. Among the international opera stars collaborated with are Paola Romano, Vittorio Grigolo, Maurizio Graziani, Stefano Algieri, Mariana Paunova, Silvia dalla Benetta, Ettore Nova, George Petean, Claudia Marci, Salvador Carbo, Tatiana Lisnic, Carlos Almaguer, Patrizia Cigna, Michele Sburlati, Galina Kalinina, Mina Tasca, Stanislas Arraez, Alessandro Busi, Mauro Augustini, Rubens Pelizzari, Davide Pastretti, and Ambra Vespasiani.   

Winner of numerous awards including winner of the Mario Gusella International Conductors Competition in Pescara, Italy; Italian Musician of the Year, and the prestigious Bernard Adelstein Prize from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He carries on the teachings and philosophies of his mentor and teacher, Giuseppe Sinopoli.   

Raffaele Ponti’s effective technique, and enthusiastic conducting style is from his professional performance experiences with Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, David Zinman, Yoel Levi, and Eric Leinsdorf . Before becoming a conductor, he played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning at the age of seventeen, and the Cleveland Orchestra, at nineteen. Other ensembles include the Cleveland Opera, Erie Philharmonic, Eastern Brass Quintet, Metropolitan Brass Quintet, and the Casals Music Festival.   

Raffaele Ponti is an inspiring musician, expert teacher, and speaker who enjoys inspiring musicians, and audiences of all ages. He is a popular conducting teacher, who leads conducting seminars in Italy, Canada, and the United States.