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Local High School Musicians Showcase Talent At Ren Theatre Masterclass

18 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Victor Beyens gave a masterclass this Friday May 14 on the Renaissance Theater stage.

Mr. Beyens is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with David Updegraff and William Preucil. Four High School Violinists from the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) had the opportunity to perform in the class and observe a Symphony Rehearsal under the leadership of Octavio Mas-Arocas. Victor Beyens was featured as a guest artist performing the Bruch Violin Concerto.

Students performing in the class included: Faith Kaschube (Saint Saens Violin Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I); Joseph Litao (Ziegeunerweisen by Sarasate); Thomas Secrist (Barber Violin Concerto, Mvt. I); and Ella Schag (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Mvt. I). MSYO Conductor Stephen Domka accompanied on the piano and the Renaissance Theatre sponsored the event. More…

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Local Violinist Ella Schag Wins Concerto Competition

20 Feb , 2021  

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The annual Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition recently took place at Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Performing in the competition were local musicians: Samuel Prinz, Viola; Joseph Litao, Violin; and Ella Schag, Violin. Josh Bowman, strings teacher from Avon Lake, and Mike Sieberg, a violinist of Ashland Symphony, served as adjudicators. Ella Schag was chosen as the winner.

The daughter of Joseph and Keely Schag, Ella is a senior at Willard High School where she is concertmaster of the orchestra, member of the Symphonic Choir and Chamber Choir. She is also the captain of the Academic Challenge team, and varsity singles player for the Lady Flashes tennis program. More…

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Youth Orchestra Names New Conductor

3 Sep , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce Stephen Domka as its new conductor beginning in the 2020-21 Season.

After 10 years, Randy Heidelbaugh is retiring from leading the group in order to pursue other opportunities. Heidelbaugh remarked, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff at the Renaissance Theatre for all the great work they do for the performing arts in north-central Ohio. It has been my pleasure to work with them over the last decade! More…

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Mansfield Symphony Partners With Youth Orchestra

23 Jan , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2019-2020 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Revolutions” on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program celebrating Russian-themed masterworks of some of the world’s greatest composers.

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh, will join the symphony. Together, the groups will perform Sibelius’ Finlandia, “Bacchanale” from Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah, and end with the rousing, revolutionary Shostakovich Symphony No. 12. More…

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Calling All Young Musicians

17 May , 2019  

Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth String auditions for new members will be held on June 4, 5, and 6 from 3:30-7:00 PM at Lexington High School, 103 Clever Lane in Lexington.

First organized in 1982, the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings program includes students from over 20 schools, representing Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Wayne, Morrow, Huron, Marion, Holmes, Seneca, and Wyandot counties. It is the only youth orchestra program in this part of Ohio. More…

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Russian Spectacular To Feature MSO And Youth Orchestra

27 Jan , 2019  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2018-2019 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Russian Spectacular” on Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program celebrating Russian-themed masterworks of some of the world’s greatest composers. More…

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Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra To Share A Holiday Prelude Concert

26 Nov , 2018  

The talented local youth who make up the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform their Holiday Prelude concert at the Renaissance Theatre under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh next Sunday, December 2 at 3:30 PM. More…

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Concerto Competition Winners To Perform With The MSYO

7 Apr , 2018  

The talented local youth who make up the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra will give their spring performance entitled “Pomp and Circumstance” at the Renaissance Theatre under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM.

The concert will feature the winners of the Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, flutist Mary Longsdorf of Ashland High School, performing Concertino for Flute and Orchestra by Cecile Chaminade and Wyatt Boggs, a percussionist from Clearfork High School, performing his original work, Percussion Concerto No. 1. Other selections featured on the concert will be Zampa Overture by L. J. Herold; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 by Edward Elgar; St. Paul’s Suite, Mvt. 4 by Holst; and On Top of the World by Brian Balmages. More…

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Symphony Youth Strings To Perform

15 Mar , 2018  

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings will perform their spring concert under the baton of director Matt Domka on Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre. The program consists of both contemporary and classical repertoire, featuring a Haydn suite alongside contemporary film and Broadway favorites, including Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow,” Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” and music from Star Wars. More…

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MSO And MSYO Team To Present Out Of This World Music

5 Feb , 2018  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2017-2018 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “The Planets” this Saturday, February 10 at 8 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program anchored by Gustav Holst’s masterwork, “The Planets.”

“The Planets is powerful, breathtaking, beautiful and outright thrilling. We are extremely excited to share this music and the rest of this program with the talented musicians of the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. This concert will not only celebrate fantastic music that is out of this world, but also the future generation of talented musicians,” reflects Más-Arocas. More…

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Beautiful Music To Celebrate New Year’s

31 Dec , 2017  

As an end of year treat, enjoy this beautiful rendition of of “Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto” from Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” as performed by Abby Kirschenheiter Harshbarger and Heidi Kirschenheiter Vega with the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. This performance took place earlier this month at the Renaissance Theatre. More…

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MSYO To Give Holiday Prelude Performance

18 Nov , 2017  

The talented local youth who make up the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra will give their Holiday Prelude performance at the Renaissance Theatre under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM. The group of 75 young musicians will be performing a variety of classical repertoire and holiday pieces from composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Sopranos Heidi Vega and Abby Harshbarger will be featured soloists on the concert. More…

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