School of Canton Ballet offers new classes in Hip Hop

School of Canton Ballet offers new classes in Hip Hop

A new eight-week class in hip hop is being offered by the School of Canton Ballet beginning Thursday, January 25, through March 15 at its studios in the Cultural Center for the More »

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day More »

MassMu Displays P.T. Barnum Artifacts from its Permanent Collection

MassMu Displays P.T. Barnum Artifacts from its Permanent Collection

With the 2017 closing of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus and the success of the Hollywood musical, The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum has returned in spirit to the limelight in America.   More »

Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of More »

Ahh Gallery in Louisville Opens “Winter Art Show”

Ahh Gallery in Louisville Opens “Winter Art Show”

  On Thursday January 18 from 5 – 8 pm the Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open its “Winter Art More »

 

School of Canton Ballet offers new classes in Hip Hop

A new eight-week class in hip hop is being offered by the School of Canton Ballet beginning Thursday, January 25, through March 15 at its studios in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  The 8-week course will be led by instructor Ana Bettis.  Tuition is $90.  There is no registration fee.

 

Students will receive an introduction to the dance, style and attitude of hip hop.  The times are 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for ages eight to 12 and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for ages 12 to 18.  The dress code is casual with jazz shoes, ballet slippers or black-soled athletic shoes.

 

Register online at cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty tailgate foods, drinks and a cash bar.

 

The football players were selected at tryouts held last fall at the ballet studios.  Their Canton Ballet company partners were chosen by audition at a later time.  Rehearsals began in early January and will continue to the performance.

 

The 13 couples who will dance at the Game Day Performance are:

 

Taylor Adams (Canton Central Catholic sophomore)

Trey Carl (Minerva senior, defensive tackle)

 

Nicole Belden (Hoover senior)

Darius Stokes (GlenOak senior, wide receiver)

 

Lauren Compton (Canton Central Catholic senior)

Nolan Goering (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Hannah Dunnerstick (GlenOak freshman)

Clayton Tabler (McKinley junior, wide receiver)

 

Isabella Hellmann (Jackson junior)

Dylan Walczak (Louisville senior, linebacker)

 

Tamaki Hoshi (St. Thomas Aquinas senior)

Christian Harwood (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, running back)

 

Margaret Kingsbury (GlenOak senior)

Terrance Mack (GlenOak junior, wide receiver)

 

Emily Kuntz (GlenOak freshman)

Luke May (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, defensive tackle)

 

Morgan Lineweaver (Hoover freshman)

Joe Fuchs (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Anna Mears (Hoover senior)

Connor Fritz (Minerva senior, wide receiver)

 

Maria Miller (Kolbe Academy sophomore)

Nicholas Oldfield (Alliance, sophomore, defensive end)

 

Erika Shi (Alliance senior)

Lucas McGuire (Massillon Washington senior, defensive lineman)

 

Aleesha Singh (Jackson freshman)

Dominic Bowman (Perry senior, safety)

 

NFL Films Emmy award-winning producer Greg Frith brought his film crew to the tryouts in October and will return to film rehearsals and the final event in March for a documentary about Touchdowns and Tutus.  Select couples will be dancing to music gifted to Canton Ballet’s fundraiser that is exclusively licensed and owned by NFL Films.

 

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for Preferred Gold seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  There is a VIP All Access Pass available for $100 which includes admission to all three events.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

 

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

 

Major sponsors to date are The Canton Repository, O92 radio, Krugliak Wilkins, Martin Sports Productions and Paragraphics.

 

Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.  Canton Ballet is a

501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

MassMu Displays P.T. Barnum Artifacts from its Permanent Collection

With the 2017 closing of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus and the success of the Hollywood musical, The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum has returned in spirit to the limelight in America.
 
In response, the Massillon Museum has created a small display of artifacts related to Barnum’s circus, his American Museum, and his performers—including Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb and singer Jenny Lind. The jewel of the exhibit is Barnum’s gold-tipped walking stick. Along with photographs, programs, advertising, and memorabilia in the exhibit, the walking stick was donated in 1995 to the Massillon Museum by Dr. Robert Immel along with his hand-carved miniature circus that is an iconic part of the Massillon Museum.  
 
“With the current popularity of the circus as seen in the film, The Greatest Showman, MassMu wants to encourage patrons to have a last look at the current circus gallery before renovation of the second floor begins,” says the Museum’s executive director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.
 
The Immel Circus, which is usually on view as part of a visit to the Museum, will be temporarily closed beginning January 22 during construction in that part of the building during the expansion project. Until then, visitors can see the 2,620-piece circus diorama and the circus posters, photographs, and costumes that surround it in the Immel Circus Gallery.  The new Barnum exhibit, P.T. Barnum: The World’s Greatest Showman, can also be seen until that date.
 
By mid-January, many circus images will be added to the Museum’s virtual galleries, so visitors will be able to view permanent collection artifacts while the circus gallery is closed.  Visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/immel-circus. 
 
The Barnum exhibit, the Immel Circus, Paul Brown: Innovator, and the Stark County Artists Exhibition may be seen during regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. “Although the lobby is in construction disarray, the exhibits are accessible at this time,” says Margy Vogt, public relations coordinator.  “Everyone is still welcome to visit.”
 
About P.T. Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891) acquired and expanded the American Museum in New York City in 1842. In 1870, the marketing genius invested in a circus venture, casting his friends and many performers from his museum. The following year, P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus opened in Brooklyn, the forerunner to what would become Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. By the end of its run, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus had entertained the world for 146 years.
 
About the Massillon Museum
The circus gallery closing will facilitate construction of a doorway to the new Studio M space directly east of the gallery on the second floor of one of the Museum’s new buildings. The expansion project—funded by the State of Ohio, foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals—will enhance the Museum’s ability to preserve and exhibit art and history, add opportunities to be the cultural hub of the community, and create space for the new Paul Brown Museum.
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call330-833-4016 or visit massillonmuseum.org.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of the baroque style master J.S Bach, as well as the late romantic era genius Gustav Mahler.  This thrilling evening takes place on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of A CSO trustee, Fresh Mark, and Glenn and Joy E. Silverhart.

The first half of the concert will feature both a current and a former violinist of the CSO performing Bach’s
Double Violin Concerto.  Vivek Jayaraman returns to the CSO and is joined by principal second violinist Solomon Liang to show off this delightful chamber orchestra piece.  The second half of the piece features Mahler’s fifth symphony, often categorized as one of his most accessible symphonies to audiences.  It is a powerful work taking the listener through an entire world of emotions, starting with a funeral march, and ending the final movement in joyful exuberance and cheer.

Vivek is a respected violinist who served as Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Vivek recently performed Bartok’s
Contrasts alongside Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist, Jason Shafer and renowned concert pianist, Yefim Bronfman. His performance gained praise from South Florida Classical Review for its “admirable restraint” and “blazing virtuosity.” Vivek received a Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Solomon Liang, who is originally from Irvine, California, is the principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony and also performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony. Solomon has served in the Quartet in Residence at Banff International String Quartet Competition, and faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. In 2014, Solomon was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Liang received his Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach, and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.


Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 27, 2018 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at
www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80
thanniversary and is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Ahh Gallery in Louisville Opens “Winter Art Show”

 

On Thursday January 18 from 5 – 8 pm the Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open its “Winter Art Show.”  The show features two artists that are new to the Gallery and a returning local 10-year-old Louisville Middle School student named Henna Faith Gash.   “My mother tells me that I have been an artist since I was 11 months old,” says Henna, who loves to draw and has learned a lot of her skills from her father.   Henna’s newest pencil drawing is entitled “Running Free.”
Artist Dan Sadle will be displaying his stained glass vases.  Dan, whose interest in stained glass started with his taking lots of classes, says it is a three-day process to make just one of his vases — and that every vase is totally unique.    
 
And Louisville photographer Richard Patrick will also be there.  Richard developed his interest in photography after retirement in 2004 from 35 years as a music educator.  His photographer has won many awards.  Several of his photographs were recently on display at The Smoky Mountain Nature Photography Summit in Townsend, Tennessee.  One of them, “Bald Eagle over Snowcaps” was one of the winners.  Richards’s adventures as a photographer have taken him to numerous locations across America including Acadia National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
The Ahh Gallery will also have a variety of works by 30 artists in various media, all available for purchase.  These include small paintings and drawings, pottery, jewelry, blown and pulled glass, hand-made greeting cards and much more.  Art by Louisville Middle School art students, under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss Kat Fullmer, will be on display as well.   Light refreshments, along with live music by Brett Kuhnash, will also be featured.  
 
Some of the other Artists in the show are: Barb Aiken, Vivian Geaghan, Jon Wilson, Chris Brogan, Rick Silvey, Russ Hench, Abi Yeagley, Frank Dale, Hannelore Brown, Marjorie Lutes, Yvonne Walter, Kris Marshall, Susan Nolt Banks, Mike Criswell, Jeff Hoffman, Jake Davis, Mark Brunner, Rachel Davis, Linda Christman, Kathy Fithian, Judi Lindsay, Glenn Heiller, Marie Nelson, Tracey Phillips, Judi Singer, Carolyn Caskey, and Rhonda Dahlheimer, Luke Shephard, James Bennet, William Bogdan, and Karen Scheiller Bogdan.
 
The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  History is always on display at the gallery, and the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society is always interested in area artifacts, photographs and stories. Support and donations of history items are always appreciated at the Ahh Gallery.  The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly programs, offers art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place”—a destination for locals and tourists alike. 

Jupitor Studios’ First Wine and Art Festival: Nectar of the Gods

 

Celebrate Wine and Art with local wineries Nauti Vine, Maize Valley and Barrel Run!

Jupiter Studios is hosting their first Wine and Art festival, “Nectar of the Gods” a wine-themed group art exhibit curated by artist, Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth. Enjoy some local wines at “A Taste of Local Nectar” – a wine tasting featuring local wineries: Nauti Vine, Barrel Run Crossing and Maize Valley! Tickets to the wine tasting are $20. The wine tasting is optional. There will be live music from Stormin’ Norman Shaw at 6PM and Spence at 8PM. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Grecian small plate specials will be available to purchase that night by Chef Tamara Carpenter and amazing art from over 20 artists will be on display. Artists include Amara Letts, Luke Roth, Lena Schwarze, Lauren LaPinta, Apostasy XFnord and many more talented artists. Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth, Art Director of Jupiter Studios, will be unveiling her Grecian-inspired painting, “Bathing in the Light of the Universe”, which was painted live on Facebook and includes models from across the US who have submitted photos as part of an online contest. Chrystal will also be painting labels on Nauti Vine Wine bottles live at the event! Please join us to celebrate wine and art at Jupiter Studios!

“I am so excited to bring new and exciting events to Jupiter Studios. I am very passionate about the community and reviving the Alliance Arts District. I am happy, with the help of Chef Tamara Carpenter and Owner Richie Kindler, to bring our community together to celebrate Wine and Art. Creating wine is an art itself. We are happy to bring some of the best in Ohio wines to Alliance, Ohio!” – Art Director; Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Chrystal Shofroth at 330-680-3893 or by email at mystikchrystal@hotmail.com.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty foods, drinks and cash bar.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for premium seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

The fundraiser is sponsored by The Canton Repository, O92 radio and Krugliak Wilkins.  Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.

Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

MassMu Student Fantasy Art Poster Contest

As part of its eleventh-annual NEA Big Read, the Massillon Museum has organized a fantasy art poster contest for high school and middle school students. The competition will accent the 2018 book selection, A Wizard of Earthsea, a young adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin.
Posters, which must reflect the original design and creation of the student, should engage a fantasy theme, in the spirit of A Wizard of Earthsea, but they need not be directly linked to the book itself.
Students must submit posters individually—no team posters are permitted. Each entrant must be in high school or middle school and may submit only one poster.
The posters can be no larger than 11” x 17”. They may be designed in color or in black and white. Any weight of paper is allowed, but artwork must be matted. Computer graphics are permitted, as long as they are original designs of the student.
Students may submit their own works to the Massillon Museum; parents or teachers may submit works on behalf of students. Posters must be received by the Massillon Museum by 5:00 p.m., March 9, 2018, in person or via mail.
Detailed guidelines and the required entry form can be found on the Museum’s website:  massillonmuseum.org/the-big-read.
All submitted posters will be displayed from April 7 through May 6, 2018, during the NEA Big Read. The winning poster entrant and his/her art teacher will enjoy a private lunch at the Massillon Museum with award-winning illustrator Charles Vess, whose artwork is featured in the anniversary edition of A Wizard of Earthsea. The winner will also receive a matted print signed by Charles Vess.
For additional information, contact the Museum’s education and outreach manager Megan Fitze at mfitze@massilonmuseum.org or 330.833.4061.
The NEA Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative to encourage Americans to read for fun. The NEA presents the NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan

The Yoga Place and Yoga Central present Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan: Saturday January 13, 2018 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at The Yoga Place

Explore the joyful, profound and spiritual side of drumming while partaking in various beginner- friendly drumming activities. This program will consist of three interconnected concepts that will focus on:

  • Developing and practicing creative drumming skills
  • Personal wellness and becoming the next best version of you
  • Renewing and deepening your connection to your inner wisdom

    These techniques will aid in relieving anxiety and stress, help to provide a better night’s sleep, gain mental clarity, increasing overall energy and ultimately, striving to uncover the BEST version of you!

    Drums are provided and this is open to all levels.

    Musician and trainer Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a multi-platinum recording artist, formerly of the band Rusted Root (Send Me On My Way) who presents programs throughout the US and Europe. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA where he serves as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. Having presented over 2500 programs since 1999, Donovan works with a wide variety of populations including corporate, university, people with Autism, and people recovering from addiction.

    $99 by December 31, or $129 thereafter
    Tickets available at www.Eventbrite.com and www.TheYogaPlaceOhio.com *No Refunds

Albacete to Present “Getting Inside Mahler’s Head”

The guest presenter for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next ConverZations discussion on January 8 at noon will be M.J. Albacete, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

After a four-decade career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired in 2014 as Executive Director Emeritus.  For many years a member of the Ohio Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, his lectures on art, music, and other topics number in the hundreds.  He served for a time as reviewer of Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts for The Repository, and a contributor to Fanfare Magazine.  At least once each season, he is on call to present a pre-concert lecture for the CSO, and has already made several appearances on the ConverZations series.  For the CSO’s recent “Music Takes Shape” education outreach program reaching almost 3,000 area students, M.J. designed a unique geometric construction project.  An Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus, M.J. teaches a course on the history of architecture.

For the January 8 ConverZations, Albacete will explore the music of Gustav Mahler, most specifically his first five symphonies.  As with many composers, Mahler did not necessarily enjoy the fame and respect he does now while he was alive and writing music.  Much of his work went unnoticed during his lifetime, only to be discovered and revered later on.  Albacete will take the audience on a journey through Mahler’s early symphonies showing his growth in fame after their “rediscovery.”

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary and is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.