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Youngstown Symphony Strikes a Chord with Benefit Concert

The Youngstown Symphony presents "Chords of Christmas” on Friday, December 11, performing a concert to benefit the 2nd Harvest Food Bank and the “Feed Our Valley” campaign.

"Chords of Christmas” is North Eastern Ohio’s Rockin’ Christmas Experience. This high energy, extremely talented group is comprised of 10 professionally trained musicians, vocalists and narrators who perform many of your Christmas favorites in a variety of musical styles.


It has become a holiday tradition in Pittsburgh – the Highmark Holiday Pops concert is on Friday, December 11 this year. This performance has everything: chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra delighting kids of all ages — from 1 to 92.

Ballet Western Reserve presents A Youngstown Nutcracker December 5th

For the second year, Ballet Western Reserve is presenting A Youngstown Nutcracker, a special version of the traditional Tchaikovsky ballet with local elements added by Creative Director Stas Kmiec. A Youngstown Nutcracker features hundreds of BWR dancers and local performers, including the choir from the Chaney Vocal and Performing Arts Program.  The choir under the direction of George Sonny Cashbaugh, will add their talented voices to the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I.

WYSU Holiday Programs

There is a huge canon of music that is only enjoyed during the holidays and we want to help our listeners really enjoy the holiday season by offering an extended playlist of seasonal songs. Once again, WYSU will broadcast this special programming that reflects both the spiritual and secular side of the holiday season. We will feature many Christmas favorites, such as A Festival of Nine Lessons, and Carols, A St. Olaf Christmas, and A Chanticleer Christmas, as well as highlight a celebration of Chanukah.

WYSU's Fall Fund Drive Has Ended!

We did great! Thanks so much to the 1098 people who pledged during our just-completed, listener-friendly Fall Membership drive. 107 of you are new members! With your help we raised over $136,096, our 2nd highest total ever. Congratulations to James & Susan Krumpak of Poland, winners of our Grand Prize- a trip for two on our May 2016 Scandinavian Tour! We couldn’t have done this without out our great and talented professional and student staff, as well as our generous volunteers, sponsors, and food vendors.

Fall Fund Drive ends Halloween -- or Sooner!

Here at WYSU we are in fund drive mode and aiming to raise $140,000. We are getting there, but need your help NOW!

Save the Date for Mad About the Arts 2016!

Mad About the Arts 2016 is happening Friday, February 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the McDonough Museum of Art. Always a combined effort of Youngstown State University departments and organizations, this year the event returns to its original location for it's 21st year.  Mad About the Arts benefits the McDonough Museum of Art, YSU’s center for contemporary art, and WYSU 88.5 FM, the valley’s listener-supported public radio station since 1969.  


POPS at the Ballpark, a Youngstown Symphony Concert scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Eastwood Field, was postponed due to weather. So far no new date has been set for the event, but new information will become available here at wysu.org or at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers website.

Francisco's Interviews Air Wednesdays on WYSU

Youngstown State English Department faculty member Tim Francisco can be heard every Wednesday on 88.5 WYSU interviewing guests on a wide variety of local subjects, including educational, community and social issues.  The segment airs during Morning Edition at 5:45 and 7:45.  His first guests have included educator Paula Valentini talking about the Youngstown Plan, YSU English Department faculty member and author Chris Barzak, and Mike Hripko, associate vice president of research at YSU.

TEDx 2016 Event planned for January 2016

TED Talks are all about ideas worth spreading and the local TEDx event is announcing a slate of speakers who will do just that in January 22, 2016.


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