Today’s edition of Mid-Week Mid-Ohio Music brings another example of the wide range of musical talents that have made or now make their home in this part of the state. This week, we’re heading to downtown Mansfield and an intimate setting to listen to some mellow sounds.
This week, we look to the next generation. One of the best facets of the local music scene in Richland County is its emphasis on creating and nurturing new artists. Excellent individual instruction opportunities are available, and larger ensembles are available for younger players.
One such group is the Mansfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, which annually delights concert goers with orchestral music of great composers and popular favorites. According to the Renaissance Theatre website, “The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) is made up of some of North Central Ohio’s finest musicians, primarily in high school, from a 12-county region. It is the only youth orchestra within a 65 mile radius of Mansfield and represents approximately 90 members each season who perform concerts both onstage at the Renaissance and in the community. MSYO has been a part of the Mansfield community and Renaissance Theatre since 1982, founded and led for many years by Ettore Chiudioni, and is currently under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh.”
Today, we share one such offering. Last year, the Orchestra performed this rendition of “America the Beautiful” in concert. For a young group, the sound is full and robust and very much worth the listen!