Monthly Archives: November 2016

Remixing Art

The next installment of the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s ConverZations Series is November 14 at noon and will focus on remixing as it pertains to art.  Brian Laakso, teacher of Music Technology at McKinley Senior High School will be the guest speaker.  The series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), features a variety of musicians and music-lovers alike. Sponsored by T. K. & Faye A. Heston and the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2017.

After graduating from Kent State University, Brian Laakso taught music to every grade level, and currently teaches Music Technology (a course he designed) at McKinley High School in Canton. He is the author of Alfred’s Music Tech 101, a textbook for high schools. A classically trained pianist, he has entertained many people as a dueling pianist.  He lives on what he calls “a genius compound” in Akron with his wife, four children, and two dopey dogs.

Remixing plays an important role in art, language, film, fashion and especially music.  For the ConverZations discussion Laakso will the explore the history of remix technologies, current remixing trends, how they have enabled composers to create music and their potential impact on shaping music of the future.

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 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.

“Holiday Showcase 2016” Opens at Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Holiday Showcase 2016” on Thursday, November 10 from 5 – 8 pm.  This exhibit is all about great gift buying opportunities.  It will feature items from one dollar — to one hundred dollars.  Among the works of art being featured are: colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oils, spray painting, thread painting, ceramics, recycled metal art, blown glass, handmade pens, and much more. There will also be a variety of Christmas tree ornaments, as well as books and cards by local authors.  Some of the artists whose works will be on display are: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown,  Angelo Oddo, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvey, Frank Dale,  Linda Christman, Russ Hench,  Judi Longacre, Pam LaRocco,  Judi Singer, Kris Marshall, Jake Davis, Sheila Harter, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Mel and Ruth Nichols, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Deborah French, Irene Tobias Rodriguez,   Denny Valentine, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Laurie Fife Harbert, Rhonda Dahlheimer, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian.  Two of the youngest student artists being featured are Faith Gash (age 9) and Nash Minor (age 11).  The opening will include live music, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists.  The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 3 to 10.

Artist Vivian Geaghan is a lifelong resident of Stark County and a self-taught artist.  She enjoys working in oils, acrylics, watercolor, china painting, and colored pencils.  Her love of nature and gardening are reflected in her paintings, and Vivian shares her techniques when she teaches her students in her art classes.

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Artist Hannelore Brown’s favorite subjects are landscapes, portraits, and pets.  She studied under Amy Lindenberger for 12 years and has displayed her artwork at many art shows, and fairs.  She was a member of Canton Public Schools District Chapter, the Alliance Art Center, and was the Art Director at First Friends Church.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly.  The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For information, please call (330) 875-2829.   The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville.  The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

Gin and Jazz!

The Friends of the Massillon Museum will recreate its one-night-a-year speakeasy-style atmosphere for a fundraiser—Gin and Jazz—on Saturday, November 12, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Find the fun at a “secret” nightclub temporarily located at 377 First Street, S.E., in downtown Massillon.
The Roaring 20s night out will be an evening of cocktails (cash bar), ample appetizers, dancing, and occasional underworld trivia with Columbia Heights native Rudy Turkal in unique surroundings—all to benefit the Friends of the Massillon Museum. Use the secret password “Oscar” to get past the bouncer at the door.
“Arrive as you are,” said committee member Mary Ann Poling, “or arrive in your fringe and feathers, slick suits, and fedoras. Costumes are totally optional, but we’ll have spare parts on hand if you change your mind once you get to our gin joint.” Poling, in her glitzy flapper garb, traditionally lures as many guests as she can onto the dance floor.
Altimus Pond Photography will be on hand to photograph revelers with antique cars as backdrops—some zany, some
glamorous.
Guitarists from the jazz band at Kent State University Stark will perform 1920s/1930s music during the evening. Christopher Dewald has chosen a thematic playlist for the live musicians’ breaks.
A limited number of tickets ($45 per person) will be available at Anderson’s in the City (121 Lincoln Way East), in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.  Event tickets may be ordered by mail by sending a check payable to “Friends of the Massillon Museum” to 1170 Lennox Avenue, N.E., Massillon 44646.  Beverage and raffle tickets will be sold at the event, where cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.
To learn more about Gin and Jazz, call committee member Margy Vogt at 330.832.8469.

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Nominations Sought for Music Educator of the Year Award

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is accepting nominations for the first annual Music Educator of the Year Award.  The award will be presented by CSO Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the February 25, 2017 MasterWorks concert.

The award process was developed by the CSO Board of Trustees Education Committee after studying similar awards conferred by other orchestras and with input from respected music educators in the region.  “The Committee has been sponsoring a Music Educator Appreciation event at the February concert for two years,” notes Gail Martino, Chair of the CSO’s Education Committee.  “This award will take that a step further by honoring the efforts of an outstanding individual music educator.”  The purpose of the annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education.

Nominees must be licensed Music Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible.  The honored Music Educator will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration.

Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari at tom.piccari@email.sparcc.org), on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website (www.cantonsymphony.org) and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Nominations must be returned to the Canton Symphony Orchestra by December 15, 2016.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

 Do the Mu!—Folk Art

 

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, November 5, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will remake found objects into a colorful, whimsical work of folk art with Art 360° artist Levent Isik. Guests may drop in any time during the workshop without a reservation.

Levent Isik of Hartville, Ohio, is one of more than 40 artists commissioned by Charles Bluestone to participate in the Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio traveling exhibit. The exhibit features contemporary Ohio artists who have embraced the challenge of embellishing ostrich eggs; they have come together in a wide variety of forms, demonstrating the creativity of the arts community.

Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio will be on view through February 12, 2017, on the Museum’s second floor.

“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.

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.

“EVIL DEAD” The Musical Presented by North Canton Playhouse at The Factory of Terror

“EVIL DEAD” The Musical Presented by North Canton Playhouse at The Factory of Terror

Directed by Marci Saling Lesho

Performance Dates: November 3 – 20

Where: The Factory of Terror, 4125 Mahoning Rd NE, Canton, OH 44705

Tickets:  $20
Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at www.northcantonplayhouse.com on the “Ticket Link”.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.northcantonplayhouse.com (an online processing fee required for purchase online).

or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.

For a full night of terror, see “Evil Dead” and follow up with the Factory of Terror experience, the longest indoor haunted attraction in the world. Tickets for Factory of Terror can be purchased on site.

*Everyone will be asked to sign a waiver form before entering Evil Dead the Musical at The Factory of Terror. Maybe because we are worried you won’t make it out alive; maybe because your clothes may get drenched in the soon to be deadites; either way we recommend you wear clothes that you don’t mind having Shelly’s splitter splatter on.

North Canton Playhouse’s Evil Dead the Musical is just as campy and bloody as you would dream it to be, but don’t plan on sitting OUT of the splash zone – come prepared to be a part of the show…the whole show…you never know what may happen.

* Synopsis: Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

 

Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

“The next Rocky Horror Show!” –The New York Times

“A ridiculous amount of fun.”—Variety

“Wickedly campy good time.”—Associated Press

CSO targets young professionals with new membership drive

CANTON, OHIO (November 1, 2016) – A new membership group is being developed by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The BEAT is a dynamic group of young patrons with a passion for the arts and a desire to make new connections. Members receive exclusive invitations to social events, discounted concert tickets and special backstage experiences with CSO musicians.

“The BEAT is designed for our young professionals who want to be involved in the organization,” explains Barb Mucci, Director of Development for the CSO. “They will have opportunities to network with other members in our community while enjoying social activities surrounding orchestra events.” Membership benefits with the $40 annual fee include:
• Access to exclusive social networking events
• 25% discount off CSO concert tickets for members
• One-time 25% concert ticket discount for a friend
• Admission to Club Z hospitality lounge for all MasterWorks concerts
The first event for BEAT members is The Music of Bowie & Prince pops concert on November 10. Members will receive free admission to the Rock Legends pre-concert party with complimentary food and cash bar, and preferred parking as well as their 25% discount on a concert ticket. Other events planned through the CSO season for BEAT members include free admission to the post-concert party after the Speedbumps with the Symphony concert on February 11, 2017 and an open rehearsal and mixer on March 23, 2017 before the MasterWorks concert, Beethoven and His Contemporaries.

More information on becoming a BEAT member is available at cantonsymphony.org/thebeat or by calling the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at 330-452-3434.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.