The Youngstown Symphony Society
260 West Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Apr 06, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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RANDALL CRAIG FLEISCHER begins his fourth season
as Music Director of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. With three Music Director positions, a demanding guest conducting schedule, major awards and a career spanning four continents, Mr. Fleischer is making a substantial impact.
Mr. Fleischer has appeared as a guest conductor with many major
orchestras in the United States and internationally including repeat engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, the symphonies of San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Utah and San Diego and the Chamber Orchestras of St. Paul and Philadelphia.
Mr. Fleischer is currently Music Director of three symphony orchestras – Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Anchorage and Youngstown. In June 2007 he made his conducting debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared at the Český Krumlov International Music Festival the past three years.
Winner of Newsweek Magazine’s “Parent Choice Award” for his groundbreaking CD ROM of Peter and the Wolf, Mr. Fleischer stands alone as the only American conductor to receive this prestigious award.
Randall Craig Fleischer first came to international attention, when, while serving his first of five years as Assistant, then Associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, he conducted Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist during the NSO’s 1990 tour of Japan and the U.S.S.R. This was the first time Rostropovich had played the cello in Russia since his forced exile in 1972. In 1992, Fleischer conducted an ensemble of over 70 cellos, including YoYo Ma, and a 190 voice chorus in the Kennedy Awards tribute to Rostropovich and in 1993, Mr. Fleischer conducted a private concert for Pope John-Paul at the Vatican. In 1995, Mr. Fleischer made his debut with New York City Opera conducting The Magic Flute.
Active as a composer, Mr. Fleischer is a national leader in the area of
symphony rock and world music fusion. In March 2006, Mr. Fleischer premiered his original composition, Triumph, which features traditional Navajo ceremonial songs and dances and received a commission to write a Native American fusion work combining indigenous music from Alaska, Hawaii and Massachusetts entitled Echoes that premiered September 2008.
A passionate educator, Fleischer has co-authored several instructional pieces for children in collaboration with his wife, Heidi Joyce, which were premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra. Currently their children’s programs, “Cool Concerts for Kids” have been performed with great success across the country.