Country comes to the city and the Edward W. Powers Auditorium on Sat., Nov. 7 at 8:00 p.m. when the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and conductor Randall Craig Fleischer present Country Legends. Country Legends invites patrons attending the concert to come in their Western gear and take part in all the fun at this footstompin’, toe-tappin’ musical event.
Country Legends is a musical tribute to some of the greatest names in country music starring Nashville-based singers Rachel Potter and Patrick Thomas. The program conceived by YSO’s Randall Craig Fleischer, highlights songs by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. Songs such as Crazy made famous by Patsy Cline, Thank God I’m a Country Boy from the John Denver songbook, Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart and Willie Nelson’s hits On The Road Again and Aways On My Mind are just a few of the more than twenty songs included in the playlist.
Rachel Potter, a Nashville-based country music recording artist and songwriter, was a top twelve Finalist on the hit television reality show X Factor. In addition to her country music credits, Potter appeared on Broadway in The Addams Family and the recent revival of Evita. She also starred as Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked.
Patrick Thomas, a native of Colleyville, Tex., is a Nashville-based recording artist and was a finalist on Season 1 Of The Voice. On Broadway, he performed in Anything Goes as Billy Crocker. Thomas stays busy writing music, touring as band leader for a number of recording artists and performing multiple times as week at the Boy Band Dueling Piano Bar in Nashville.
Joining guest soloists will be local vocalists James McClellan, Janeen Williams and Cassandra Rondinella and a country band and full symphony orchestra. The orchestra’s opening pops concert, Country Legends, is sponsored in part by Home Savings Charitable Foundation.
Concert attendees are invited to continue the evenings music-making at After Hours with the Jeff Bremer Group in the Overture lobby inside the DeYor Performing Arts Center following the concert for a selection of beverages and late-night snack.
Tickets are now on sale for Country Legends at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office at 330-744-0264 or online at www.youngstownsymphony.com.