The 1926 Podcast

The 1926 Podcast

Gifted by area businessman Henry Stambaugh, the doors to Stambaugh Auditorium opened in 1926 to become a place of enjoyment, entertainment, and education for the people of Youngstown and surrounding areas.These are the stories, performances, and conversations of artists and supporters of this historic landmark, this is the 1926 podcast.


April 26, 2022 19 min

Principal Clarinet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Nick Thompson, is the guest on this week's episode of The 1926 Podcast. Tune in to hear about playing catch up when you decide to pursue a musical career later than your peers, stolen Mozart, and the Clarinet Curse! 

Nick is the featured soloist for the May 7th Sound of the Extraordinary YSO concert. You can purchase tickets here:

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Playwright Terry Shears, and Director Maria Petrella-Ackley join The 1926 Podcast to discuss The Youngstown Playhouse's upcoming production of People Along the Way. 

Tickets for People Along the Way are available here:

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Dr. Kivie Cahn-Lipman of the YSU Dana School of Music joins the podcast to discuss his journey of selecting an instrument, Music Theory, and the upcoming Dana Ensemble Children's Concert on May 1, 2022!

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On the final episode of Music in Our Schools Month, Stambaugh Youth Concert Band Senior Soloist, Natalie Alfera, stops by The 1926 Podcast to discuss the repertoire for the April 12 SYCB Spring Concert, her future plans, and why she's made music such a large part of her life.

Tickets for the SYCB Spring Concert can be purchased here:

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Conductor André Raphel joins The 1926 Podcast to give us a glimpse into introducing symphony performances to children, conducting in Europe, and his personal music tastes. 

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Guest Conductor, André Raphel, gives an insightful performance preview of the March 10 Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concert.

“This program is constructed with the concept of inspired voices and the human spirit. Each of the composers on this program – Higdon, Schumann, and Shostakovich – were inspired voices. Orli Shaham is one of the great pianists of our time – an inspired voice.” André Raphel

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March 8, 2022 15 min

Ballet Western Reserve and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra return to their roots in a collaborative production of Giselle! Learn about Ballet Western Reserve's new twist on this classic ballet this week on The 1926 Podcast. Katie Merrill and Cate Greyjoy join us for a discussion on the changes that were made to the plotline and their thoughts on arts organizations working together in Youngstown.

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March 1, 2022 20 min

World-renowned pianist, Orli Shaham joins The 1926 Podcast. Tune in as she discusses her love for Mozart, recording an album during a pandemic, and her theory on why music is such a powerful force in our lives!

Orli Shaham is the guest artist for the March 10, 2022 Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concert taking place at Stambaugh Auditorium. 
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February 15, 2022 21 min

Director James Major Burns joins The 1926 Podcast to give us a performance preview for The Mountaintop; a reimagination of the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Mountaintop will premiere at the Youngstown Playhouse on February 18, 2022 at 7:30pm and run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, closing on February 27.

Tickets for The Mountaintop are available here:

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February 8, 2022 23 min

Comedian and Writer/Director of Couples Therapy, Jason Tarr joins the podcast to discuss making it in the world of comedy, the differences between men and women, and the premiere of Couples Therapy at The Youngstown Playhouse. The performance will be preceded by a cocktail hour. 

Tickets for the February 12, 2022 performance can be purchased at

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February 1, 2022 26 min

Vocalist, Connor Bogart joins the podcast to discuss careers in music, working with Jim Brickman, jingles, and more! Tune into The 1926 Podcast to hear all the details.

Connor is also performing as the guest artist for the Youngstown Symphony's Broadway and Beyond concert on February 4th. Tickets and more information can be found at

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In this episode, find out what to expect for the February 4th, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Broadway and Beyond concert. Guest conductor, Carl Topilow joins the podcast to discuss audience engagement, the repertoire for the concert, founding an orchestra, and more! 
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The president of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, Josh Prest, joins The 1926 Podcast to discuss the Rotary, its history in Youngstown, how to become a member, and what it takes to make the Annual Groundhog Beerfest happen!

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January 11, 2022 22 min

Stephen Tavani, guest artist for the January 16 Youngstown Symphony Orchestra concert, discusses repertoire for the concert, what it's like being part of a musical family, the Suzuki Method, and more!

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Organist Peter Richard Conte is no stranger to Stambaugh Auditorium, we welcome him to the podcast to chat about his career, the E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ, and the upcoming Silent Film he will be accompanying on October 24, 2021, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

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Organist Scott Dettra and Guest Conductor John Varineau discuss their views on background music, their own musical preferences, and the repertoire for the October Youngstown Symphony concert taking place at Stambaugh Auditorium on October 17 at 4pm!

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September 23, 2021 13 min

Director Trevail Smith joins The 1926 Podcast to give a performance preview of The Color Purple. The Color Purple is presented by The Youngstown Playhouse, DeYor Performing Arts Center, and Stambaugh Auditorium. 

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On September 19, 2021 the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage with Principal Guest Conductor, Miriam Burns, and solo cellist, Miriam K. Smtih. They explain how they began their careers in music and give us a look into the repertoire for the September concert.

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Deborah, Jay, and Vincent from OK Inc discuss the Friends4Friends Film Festival and the importance of giving teens hope.

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In this episode, we talk with Nick  Schommer an actor and director with Missoula Children’s Theater. Nick explains this mission of Missoula Children's Theater and how they help to leave behind unforgettable experiences. 

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