Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Canton Ballet Gala Will Honor Ruth Bazzoli

Canton Ballet proudly announces longtime ballet and community volunteer Ruth Bazzoli as special honoree for its Glitz & Glam Gala to be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event, the ballet’s largest fundraiser, will take place in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton.

Bazzoli is founder and multiple past chair of the the ballet’s annual fundraiser, the former Nutcracker Ball. She became interested in serving the ballet as parent of her daughter Nicole, who was a 14-year student of School of Canton Ballet and later danced with the performing company. As three-time president of the Canton Ballet Barre Association, she was a Canton Ballet board of trustees member for several years. During these years she initiated and shaped numerous ballet fundraising activities and events.

Her additional community involvement includes past board member of Faith in Action of central Stark county; parish council secretary, cantor and choir member, senior activities coordinator and guild member of St. John the Baptist Basilica; cantor and senior activities coordinator at St. Peter Church; and member of Mercy Medical Center service league. She is a registered nurse of 37 years and former apheresis coordinator at Aultman Hospital. She is married to Dr. Vic Bazzoli and has five children and 11 grandchildren.

The Glitz & Glam Gala will be an evening of auctions, cocktails, dinner and dancing with The Chozen Few Band. Tickets are $100 per person. Recommended attire is black tie optional. Reservations may be made online at or by calling the ballet office at 330-455-7220. Tables of eight are available. Proceeds will benefit School of Canton Ballet financial aid, school outreach and educational programming.

Gala co-chairs are Amy Memmer and Erin Szekeres. Acquisitions chairs are Allison Chiofolo and Amy Giltz. Tim Belden is sponsorships chair.

Sponsors to date are Maria Charif and Firas Hamdan, Olga and Mike Giustino, Taylor Companies of Ohio, Pam Shaw and Thomas Roncevic, the Bazzoli family, Diana Belden, Huntington Bank, Patricia A. Miller, Putman Properties, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Center Ice Sports, Desert Inn Restaurant, Marathon Petroleum, Midwest Industrial Supply, Walsh University and Harold E. Ziegler, Jr.

Canton Ballet is funded in part by ArtsinStark, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cassandra Crowley is artistic and executive director.

The Music of Bowie and Prince

David Bowie and Prince are two of the greatest enigmas in pop music history.  Always unique, interesting and creative, their music continues to inspire.  The Canton Symphony Orchestra relives some of their musical moments and presents The Music of Bowie and Prince Thursday, November 10 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall (2323 17th Street NW, Canton).  The concert is presented with support from News-Talk 1480 WHBC and Mix 94.1.

The orchestra joins forces once again with a band from Jeans ‘n Classics, the same production team that partnered with the orchestra for the sold out Music of Queen concert last Spring. The set list includes Modern Love, Let’s Go Crazy, China Girl, 1999, and Baby I’m a Star.   The band includes vocalists, guitar, keyboard, drums and bass guitar.  Dr. Rachel L. Waddell will conduct the orchestra.  “We were really impressed with the musicians from Jeans ‘n Classics when we performed the Music of Queen concert in April,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the Canton Symphony.  “The combination of band and orchestra really evoked a unique and fun level of energy throughout the entire concert.”

A pre-concert “Rock Legends” party, hosted by WHBC, will take place at 6:30 at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (adjacent to Umstattd Hall at 2331 17th Street NW – Canton).  Attendees will enjoy food, a cash bar, a DJ, local personalities and giveaways.

Tickets for the concert range from $20 to $30 while tickets for the Rock Legends party are $15. All tickets are available online at, 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 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 visit

Palette2Palate Charity Art Event

The Canton arts community continues its collaboration with the Stark County Hunger Task Force to fight local hunger by preparing to stage the fourth annual Palette2Palate charity art event. Many talented local artists featured have graciously donated their work to be displayed and offered for purchase in both live and silent auctions to raise money for a worthy cause — alleviating hunger in Stark County.

Proceeds from Palette2Palate benefit the nearly 28,000 hungry men, women, and children served each month by the Stark County Hunger Task Force. The purchase of original art at the event directly helps those in Stark County who are in need.

The donated works of art will be on exhibit for an hour and a half prior to being auctioned off to the highest bidder. During this time, there will also be a silent auction featuring a variety of items donated by generous local businesses, area cultural institutions, and more. Along with local art to peruse, attendees will be entertained with music provided by “Joy-us Moments,” and will enjoy heavy appetizers by Bill and Mary’s Creative Catering and amazing desserts courtesy of Kat’s Bake Shoppe. Attendees will then transition into the live auction of donated artwork, which is sure to be memorable, thanks to auctioneer Kris Ross of Dimmerling Realty and Auctioneers with the assistance of our emcee Jay Spencer.

This fantastic art exhibition and charity art auction for hunger will be held at the beautiful Joseph A. Saxton Gallery of Photography on Saturday, November 5th. Doors will open at 7PM. Each ticket holder will receive two tickets for complimentary beverages when they check in at the event. Pre-sale tickets are available now through October 29th at the discounted price of $50.00. After this date, the price will increase to $55.00.

Our notable donor artists include:

  • Photographers: Joe Albert, Michael Barath, Tim Belden, John Erme, Mark Pitocco, Mandy Altimus-Pond, Susan Shearer, Shawn Wood
  • Painters: Tim Carmany, Joseph Close, Nancy Young Darrah, Christian Harwell, Pam LaRocco, Ted Lawson, Judi Longacre, Bob Maurer, Kevin Maxwell, David McDowell, Jack McWhorter, Doreen St. John, Lynn Weinstein
  • Mixed Media: Clare Murray Adams, Jorge Cervantez, Russ Hench, Pam Neff, Gail Wetherell-Sack, Michael Weiss
  • Potters: Paulette Bartenstein, Liz Enyon, Laura Kolinski-Schultz, Bill Shearrow, Jack Valentine
  • Letterpress: Letterpress Jess (Jess and Doug Bennett)
  • Glass: Mindy Sand
  • Textiles: Donna Ischo

We will also auction pieces by Joe Martino and Cathy Welner which were generously donated by Karen Best.

The Stark County Hunger Task Force is very grateful for the support of these talented members of Canton’s arts community! The Task Force also appreciative of the local businesses that have supported Palette2Palate by donating items for the silent auction, and would like to thank Mr. Tim Belden for hosting us for the third year in a row.

This wonderful event is made possible with the support of our sponsors. Thank you to:

  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Anheuser-Busch Sales of Canton
  • Stewart Photography
  • Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA
  • Robert Fay, CPA
  • Canton Chair Rental
  • Pinnacle Press
  • A Studio Photography
  • Kat’s Bake Shoppe
  • Cyrus Custom Framing

Questions about Palette2Palate can be directed to event chairman Mary Anne Schwartz at


Theatre classes offered at Avenue Arts

Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre (previous Second April Galerie) announces their first set of theatre classes. Get ready for lots of fun and learning with our Fall 4-week session of theatre classes.

Creative Drama- Ages 5-7 ($40)
Thursdays- 6-7 starting October 27 (4 sessions)
Instructor: Taylor Marie Scott
Children will learn to work together, and use their imaginations to create characters as they play, move, pretend, invent and create. Singing and be silly required! 🙂

Acting Out! – Ages 8-10 ($40)
Wednesdays 6-7pm starting October 26 (4 sessions)
Instructor: Carrie Alexander Spina
This class is designed for students who are curious about theatre and want to learn the basic fundamentals while having tons of fun! classes will include basic theatre games that teach, articulation, projection, characterization, focus and working together as an ensemble! your little star is sure to shine in this class!

Scene/Character Study- Ages 11-15 ($40)
Tuesdays- 6-7 starting October 25 (4 sessions)
Instructor: Stephen Ostertag
Using scenes and monologues students will learn character development skills through script work and rehearsal methods. Focusing on script analysis and ensemble effort, students will learn how to create the world of the play, making their characters realistic.

To register for classes, go to under online store or call 234-410-3475.

Gershwin and Bernstein on All American Program

The Canton Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the American spirit with a program of works composed in the United States including George Gershwin’s An American in Parisand Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite.  The “All American” concert October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center also features violin soloist Jinjoo Cho.  The concert is sponsored in part by Danbury Senior Living.

Gershwin’s An American in Paris was met with great public enthusiasm when it debuted in 1928 and became the inspiration behind the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.  Bernstein wrote the score for another Academy Award winning movie, On the Waterfront, and later arranged a symphonic suite of music from the score.  Since their film successes, both works have become very popular with concert hall audiences.

The concert will open with Victor Herbert’s American Fantasy (or Fantasia).  In a letter published in The  Canton Repository on July 10, 2016, M. J. Albacete, adjunct professor at Kent State University at Stark and executive director emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art, wroteHerbert, a naturalized U.S. citizen, wrote the piece in 1893, incorporating settings of several American tunes most of us older citizens know and love, among them Hail to the Chief, Old Folks at Home, Dixie Land and Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, ending as we should expect with a rousing orchestration of The Star Spangled Banner.”

Jinjoo Cho, dviolin alumnus of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and winner of the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s ravishing Violin Concerto in D Major.  Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17.  She has concertized throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) among many others.  Jinjoo’s biggest passion is arts education and audience engagement.  As a result, she is the founder of a new chamber music program for high school and college students in Cleveland, Ohio named the Encore Chamber Music Institute.  The institute had its inaugural season this summer.  Additionally, Jinjoo was just appointed to the part-time faculty of Oberlin Conservatory teaching violin and coaching chamber music.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 29, 2016 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17thStreet NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

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 visit

Pops Series Shows Orchestra’s Diversity

The Music of Bowie and Prince, A Swingin’ Holiday and The Speedbumps are all on the schedule for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) 2016-17 Pops Series.  Single tickets as well as subscriptions for this genre spanning series are available now.

“The Pops series gives our musicians a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talents in different ways,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra.  “It is also a great opportunity for our audience to enjoy some of their favorite music with an orchestral twist.”

The orchestra ventures into the pop/rock arena with The Music of Bowie and Prince (sponsored in part by News-Talk 1480, Mix 94.1, and in memory of William G. Burkhardt) on November 10 at 8pm in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall.  The concert features a band from Jeans ‘n Classics that includes electric guitar, bass, drums and of course vocals.

On December 4 at 3pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, the orchestra steps into the jazz era with A Swingin’ Holiday.  The concert features new arrangements, created by local musician Kevin Martinez, of holiday favorites with a combined chorus of the Canton Symphony Chorus, and choirs from Perry and McKinley high school.  Soprano, Joan Ellison adds her vintage vocal style to the mix.  And if that weren’t enough, the GlenOak Jazz Band will join in on the festive concert.

Making a return collaboration with the CSO is local folk band The Speedbumps.  They will perform some of their previous hits as well as songs from their new album with the orchestra on February 11 at 8pm at The Canton Palace Theatre.

Subscriptions for the three-concert Pops Series range in price from $50-$80.  Single tickets range in price from $25-$30.  Subscriptions and single tickets are available online at, 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 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 visit

“Art After Dark” Costume Party to Benefit MassMu and CMA

“Art After Dark” on Saturday, October 22, 8:00 p.m. to midnight, at the Massillon Museum will be an ultra-creative costume party—complete with a costume contest—but that will be just the beginning of the fun.

The Canton Museum of Art and MassMu have collaborated to create an event to remember. Everyone 18 and older is invited. Organizers have now announced the performers who will spark the theatrical Halloween atmosphere of the party.

Suzie Dills, a planetarian at the Hoover Price Planetarium in Canton, will lead the evening’s stargazing activities. The former executive director of the International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, she has also presented many programs at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s Walter R. Schuele Planetarium and is active throughout Northeast Ohio in astronomical societies.

Ed Ellis, who claims to have the world’s fastest hands, will mingle with guests performing his magic. For more than 25 years, Ellis has performed close-up comedy magic worldwide. He has played Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, he’s a regular in Hilton Head, he has toured South Korea Army bases, and he has frequently performed at national and international magic conventions. He earned Second Place in the Close-up International Battle of Magicians 2005 and came back to take First Place the following year.

The region’s Halloween king and Edgar Allan Poe expert, John Kiste, will present The Mask of the Red Death in the dramatic fashion for which he has become known. He performs regularly in Canal Fulton and has written plays and performed for the Museum’s One-Act Plays each spring as part of the NEA Big Read.

Seasoned readers Darcy Angle, Luna Hart, and Samantha Wolmotharot will offer tarot card readings for an additional fee throughout the party. Decks of 78 tarot cards have been used for games since the mid-15th century, but by the late 18th century, mystics were finding special meaning in the specific cards of the tarot deck and the order in which they appear. What will you learn about your future?

DJ Dave Ignizio of Square Records will keep dance music flowing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The Museum’s vintage photobooth will be ready to capture the unusual costumes of the evening. And several surprises will keep guests looking out of the corners of their eyes.

Come in costume—but don’t stay away if you prefer to party in street clothing and find amusement in the attire of other guests. To vie for special prizes, skew your costumes to fit the main categories: “Overall Best Costume” and “Best Art History Inspired Costume.”  Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei will judge the competition.

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. Each member of the Canton Museum of Art or Massillon Museum will receive one free drink ticket at the door. New members are welcome at any time. Proceeds from the party will benefit Massillon Museum exhibitions and programming and Canton Museum of Art exhibition programming.

Tickets may be purchased online now at or in person at the Massillon Museum or the Canton Museum of Art. 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

Director’s Choice Opens Canton Ballet Season This Weekend

It’s not too late to subscribe and save!  Director’s Choice will open Canton Ballet’s new season on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Canton Ballet offers special ticket pricing for Director’s Choice, which has become an annual presentation.  Admission is $10 with all seats reserved.  Season subscriptions are still available offering a discount and choice of best seats. Tickets may be purchased at or 330-455-7220.

Director’s Choice, a mixed program of classical ballet contemporary ballet and modern dance, will offer creative and challenging new works by resident and guest choreographers as well as familiar favorites from repertoire.

Two works will highlight the production—The Time Is Not Right, a world premiere contemporary ballet by Canton Ballet choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, and Don Quixote Suite, a ballet classic staged by world renowned teacher and coach Laura Alonso after Marius Petipa.

Alonso, of Havana and daughter of world famous prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso and renowned teacher and coach Fernando Alonso, is herself known as a teacher for Mme. Alicia Alonso.  Former Dance theatre of Harlem ballerina Virginia Johnson, now artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, calls her “international master teacher extraordinaire.”  Today she travels the world teaching and staging the classics.

Also on the program are Elevated, a contemporary ballet by Heather Gray, co-director of Utah Regional Ballet II; Warison, a modern work by Lemmo and Dances of Springtime, a classical ballet and world premiere by artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North in the Downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for walk-ups and will-call sales.

Canton Ballet’s performance season is funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National endowment for the Arts with support from Kenan Advantage Group and The Repository.

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Canton, Ohio – October 5, 2016 – The Downtown Canton Special Improvement District (SID) has announced that the first in a series of football-themed murals to be located throughout downtown Canton will be unveiled on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 pm during the city’s monthly First Friday celebration. The unveiling is open to the public.

The mural, located at 427 Fifth Street NW (corner of Fifth and McKinley), features a five-story image of Canton football legend Jim Thorpe on the north side of the building. Local artist Joseph Close painted the image directly onto the building’s brick façade.

The SID-sponsored mural program, which expects to produce two to three murals per year, seeks to achieve three aims: first, pay tribute to Canton’s rich football history; second, create unique, quality public art in downtown Canton; and third, create greater connectivity between the Hall of Fame Village project and downtown.

Several local dignitaries and representatives plan to make comments at Friday’s 6:30 pm unveiling including Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei, City of Canton; Joe Horrigan, Pro Football Hall of Fame; Joseph Close, Artist and Painter; Mike King, Building Owner; and Mike Gill, SID.

For additional information on the unveiling or the mural project, contact Mike Gill, vice president for economic development for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 330.458.2090 or

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