Monthly Archives: September 2016

2016-17 Soli Deo Gloria Music Series

2016-17 Soli Deo Gloria Music Series concerts are housed at Faith United Methodist Church and in the downtown Canton Arts district.

The Soli Deo Gloria Music Series at Faith United Methodist Church reaches out artistically to the greater Northeast Ohio region, presenting programs that add immeasurably to the cultural life of the church and surrounding area. The Soli Deo Gloria Music Series showcases collegiate music and arts programs, area musicians/artists, the instruments and ensembles at Faith United Methodist Church, and regional/national talent through a series of eight to ten concerts per year. Intentionally eclectic, these concerts seek to collaborate with, enrich, and uplift the arts community in celebration and for “the glory of God alone.”

We hope you will please join us for our opening concert on Saturday, October 29th at 4:00 PM featuring the duo cello and flute ensemble In2ative.

In2ative’s motive is to emotionally connect with their audience while breaking the boundaries of two historically conservative, classical instruments. With their music quoted as “Hot, and Edgy,” In2ative’s vibe is anything but traditional. Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, this avant-garde duo specializes in a fusion of musical genres, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with more contemporary improvisational forms, quite “out of the box.”

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Guitar Weekend at Kent State University at Stark

by Jara Anton

Keith Richards said, “You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up” –and of course, he was talking about his guitar. Playing music can actually change your brain. When human beings learn to play music, they refine time management and organizational skills, teaches perseverance and coordination. Playing music makes you sharper—-at mathematical ability, memory capacity. It will sharpen concentration and relieve stress. 

If you happen to be one of these people who are already living the dream of music for pleasure or profession, you’re in for a treat. For those who have an unending love of all things guitar, The Kent State Stark Guitar Weekend is coming to your town. 

This is a three day weekend festival that celebrates all types and styles of guitar playing. It is three days of both performances and lectures by some of the most revered and respected guitarists and scholars, not only from Ohio, but from all over the country. Oh—-and its completely free to the public!

These guest artists will have a hand in the educational activities and festivals that participants are treated to. The Guitar Weekend will work closely with the fledgling Canton Youth Guitar Orchestra operating under the Canton Youth Symphony to connect these guest artists to young music students across Stark County. 

You might be asking yourself who the artists are? First, classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos has traveled all over the continental US, Europe. He will be on hand Saturday Oct 1, for the Classical Guitar Masterclass. He will also be performing on Friday, Sept 30. 

The irreverent solo artist Neil Zaza will be attending the Kent State Stark Guitar Weekend. Neil Zaza is an instrumental guitarist who has become well known for his technical accuracy and adaptation of classical works by Bach and Mozart into his own blend of neo-classical, melodic, guitar instrumentals. He is a god amongst guitar players and he is offering a workshop, Friday, September 30. Ben Monder, John Covach, The Ritsos Project will all be offering their time and attention as well. 

So pack up your ax and get a seat to hear and speak to people who managed to work their way to the top! Schedule is below.


Isaac Bustos, classical guitar concert – Friday, September 30th, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Dr. John Covach, Director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester, Lecture (topic forthcoming) – Saturday, October 1st, 2:00 pm, Main Hall Auditorium 

Ben Monder, jazz guitar concert – Saturday, September 30th, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Community performance featuring local guitarists and the Canton Youth Guitar Orchestra – Sunday, October 2nd, 12:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

The Ritsos Project, new music with guitar concert – Sunday, October 2nd, 3:00 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Neil Zaza, melodic electric guitarist concert – Sunday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium


Friday, September 30th

  • 9:00-12:00, artist visits to Canton City Schools
  • 1:00-2:00, Neil Zaza in Erin Vaughan’s studio class, room TBD

Saturday, October 1st

  • 10:00-11:30, Isaac Bustos, classical guitar masterclass
  • 12:00-1:30, Ben Monder, workshop
  • 3:30-5:30, John Covach, coaching pop ensembles

Sunday, October 2nd

  • 10:00-12:00, Neil Zaza, workshop, 101 Fine Arts

 Art after Dark—The Ultimate 2017 Costume Party

How will you celebrate the scary season?  Start with “Art after Dark” on Saturday, October 22, at the Massillon Museum. The Canton Museum of Art and MassMu have collaborated to create an epic costume party and everyone 18 and older is invited.
Tarot readings, stargazing, and a street magician will create an uncommon atmosphere; DJ Dave Ignizio of Square Records will keep dance music flowing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight; and a few surprises will keep you looking over your shoulder.
Come in costume—but don’t stay away if you prefer to party in street clothing. Guests who enter the costume contest can contend for intriguing prizes for “Overall Best Costume” and “Best Art History Inspired Costume.”
The $20 ticket includes entertainment, snacks, the dance party, and costume contest entry. Raffle tickets for unique baskets and Tarot card readings will be sold separately at the event. The cash bar will be open throughout the party. Proceeds from the party will benefit Massillon Museum exhibitions and programming and Canton Museum of Art exhibition programming.
Tickets may be purchased now at Tickets will be sold at the door if they remain available.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For additional information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Mount Union Hosts 52nd Annual Artfest

by Garrett Graber

For four years now, I’ve been attending the University of Mount Union: a small college in Alliance, OH. While Mount Union is widely known for our outstanding DIII football team, what I love most about my school is its commitment to the arts. On Saturday, September 17th, Mount Union will host its 52nd Annual Artfest around the Campus Lakes. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, participants can look forward to seeing art from Paris Studios, Brian Snyder Photography, and the Armored Gem just to name a few. From my past experience, the artwork is this event is always varied, always stunning, and always beautiful. Due to the vast array of vendors (49 this year) , there is always something that will meet everyone’s taste and preferences. ArtFest also hosts live demonstrations, and Jeff Piper, a ceramics artist, and Keith McMahon and his son Jesse, both broom makers, will show off their artistic talent and ability.

Artwork comes in a variety of forms, and ArtFest honors this.  Live music from local musicians will play throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art is the ability to create something beautiful, and what’s more beautiful than food? From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alliance Chamber of Commerce will host “A Taste of Alliance” in conjunction with ArtFest. This will include several area restaurants and caterers where people can chow down while enjoying local art.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Jurying of Fine Arts will occur. This year, the judge is Jamie Kirkell, who’s art is currently in the Sally-Otto art gallery. He specializes in silk floral paintings, has been in the peace corps. and apprenticed under Indonesia Batik Master Bambang Oetoro. His art is breathtaking, refreshing, and, at least in my opinion, spiritual. While we all seen flowers before, the silk canvas adds a certain life and texture to his floral subjects. Seeing them in this way, on this canvas, is like you’re seeing flowers for the first time.

So please, if you have the time check out this year’s ArtFest. It is a wonderful to show your support for local artists and businesses. For more information, please contact the The University of Mount Union’s Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063 or




Bicentennial Celebrated at Hartville’s Old Fashioned Day

An extra special edition of Old Fashioned Day is planned for September 10th in Historic Downtown Hartville. In honor of Lake Township’s Bicentennial, a flag was flown over the US Capitol. Old Fashioned Day begins with a proclamation reading and raising of this flag at 10am. Old fashioned fun continues until 3pm with a concert by The Twang Cats, Hartville Lions Club’s famous chicken BBQ, the 3rd annual Hartville’s Best Pie Contest, PNC Bank’s Mobile Learning Adventure, and vintage, upcycled, and artisan vendors.
Old Fashioned Day is an official Ohio Open Doors event. Brought to you by Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. Visitors can explore Hartville history by visiting landmarks to collect scavenger hunt answers. Old timey activities and demonstrations including wagon rides, yarn spinning, corn shelling, and rope making are also planned.
While the fest primarily focuses on the past it leaves room to acknowledge the future. The Bicentennial Letter Writing Project will allow visitors to write letters including what life is like in 2016, predictions for the future, and personal messages to themselves and future generations. Letters will be stored in a time capsule and opened 35 years from now in 2051 to mark the 200th anniversary of the year Hartville incorporated.
Mindful of the 2016 elections, Old Fashioned Day will include a meet and greet with current and campaigning politicians. They will be available in the lunch area to answer questions about their jobs and share their visions for the future.
This final Second Saturday street fest of the year is organized by the Downtown Hartville Merchants with support from The Village of Hartville, Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, Lake Township Historical Society, and The Knowles Press/The Hartville News. Sponsors include Arts in Stark, Visit Canton, Schoner Chevrolet, Lake Township Bicentennial Committee, MJ
Miller & Co CPAs, and Frontier Restaurant.
For more information visit

Museum to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

The Stark County Historical Society and McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary on Thursday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at the Museum. Join us for a reception on the second floor balcony followed by dinner in the Everhard Auditorium. A brief overview of the Museum’s history will be presented by Archivist Mark Holland.

The speaker for the event will be Allyson Bussey, President of Visit Canton. She will speak about the “Power of Tourism” in Stark County.

“ I am honored to be part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration for one of our iconic tourism treasures, the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. This event is the perfect backdrop to share the story of how tourism can shape a community and create economic vitality for the region,” said Bussey.

The cost is $45 per person and pre-paid reservations are required. Call 330-455-7043 for reservations. The Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW in Canton.


MassMu Studio M to Show Massillon Boys & Girls Club Artwork

The Massillon Museum invites the public to attend the Studio M exhibition opening of artwork by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon on Friday, September 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room. The party is free, casual, and open to everyone; no reservations are required.

The annual exhibition and the opening reception are intended to showcase the children’s artwork, to collaborate with the club to help some of the students move to the next level of competition, and to raise awareness for the work of the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon.

For the exhibition, the Boys and Girls Club selects 80 paintings and drawings and 20 digital photographs from this year’s programming. Once installed in Studio M, independent jurors select first place winners by category and age group. At the end of the Studio M exhibition, winning artworks are forwarded to the Boys and Girls Club of America for district competition. When a child’s artwork advances as far as the national competition, he or she is flown by the national organization to its November national convention, where the art will be displayed.

The Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, which serves 1200 children ages six through eighteen, helps young people thrive by focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Massillon Museum is pleased to collaborate with the Boys and Girls Club to enhance the cultural life of the community.

In addition to viewing the Boys and Girls Club exhibition, visitors can see Readapt: Artwork Inspired by the Permanent Collection; Echo: The Early History of Sound Recording; and It’s Been Awhile. The Immel Circus is always on display.

The Studio M exhibition may be seen through September 25 during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Brochures containing guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or

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 the heart of downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.


ArtsinStark Special Project Grants Process Begins September 14

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their annual granting cycle. September 14, 2016 marks the beginning of the Special Project Grants process, open to Stark County nonprofit organizations and individual artists (performance and visual).

Awards will range from $750 to $3,500 for projects that will be completed by December 31, 2017 and affecting those living, working or being educated in Stark County, Ohio. “We are looking for ideas that demonstrate outreach, impact, and high artistic quality and hope the entire county is represented,” said ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian.

The first step in ArtsinStark’s grant process is the completion of the Concept Form. “This is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” Wadian said. Concept Forms will be available online at or can be picked up in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) from September 14 – November 7, 2016.

Once the Concept Form is received and reviewed to see that it meets granting criteria, the applicant will be sent the formal grant application. No applications will be available online or in the ArtsinStark office — they will be individually issued upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last ten years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.5 million in 600 Special Project Grants to Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075.

Passion Reborn

As students, teachers and parents get into the full swing of a new school year, so too does the Canton Symphony Orchestra begin a new season of diverse programs.  It gets started with ConverZations on September 12 at 12:00pm with Erik Mann, Executive Director of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society presenting “Classical Passion Reborn”.  ConverZations are free public discussions featuring a variety of musicians and music-lovers alike. The series, sponsored by T. K. & Faye A. Heston and the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust, kicks off in the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW, Canton.  The ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month from October 2016 to April 2017.

Along with holding the position of Executive Director of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, Erik Mann is also a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he teaches Guitar Literature and Guitar Pedagogy and teaches lessons for the preparatory department.  His wide variety of performances have included solo, chamber, and orchestral playing.  He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera and as a concerto soloist with the Erie Philharmonic and the Erie Chamber Orchestra.  He holds a Bachelors degree from Towson University and his Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For the ConverZations discussion, Erik will discuss how audiences around the world are now engaging in classical music in more diverse ways than ever before despite the growing concern that passion for classical music is in decline.

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,

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra 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 or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Free CSO Concert at Petros Lake Park!

This summer Stark County residents have been enjoying performances by ensembles from the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in several Stark Parks.  The series, known as Summer Serenades in the Park, a partnership between the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Stark County Park District (SCPD) will conclude with a FREE full orchestra concert on September 4 at 7:30pm at Petros Lake Park (3519 Perry Drive SW, Canton).

Since June small ensembles from the CSO have performed in five of Stark Parks’ locations.  “We had a lot of success last year with the Summer Serenades and wanted to continue that this year,” notes Amanda Perry, Programmer for SCPD, “We love seeing people experiencing new things in the parks.”  The series is sponsored in part by Dominion, The Henry & Louise Timken Foundation, and Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust.

The concert, set up in the amphitheater area of Petros Lake Park, will include music from popular films including Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, favorite classics by Dvořák and Korngold,  patriotic marches, and more.  Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the CSO will conduct the orchestra.

To further enhance the experience, pre-concert activities will begin at 6:00pm.  The Park District will provide life-size board games and a play area for children. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets and are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy during the concert.  Wine will be permitted for consumption within the amphitheater area. “This is a relaxed, casual, family-friendly event,” says Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra, “we want everyone to enjoy being together in the park while listening to the music.”

The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation.  Stark Parks offers more than 14 parks and 100 miles of hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails and four lakes for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. More information is available at

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (adjacent to McKinley High School). Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please