Monthly Archives: October 2017

Come Enjoy and Evening Full of Tchaikovsky

For their second MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes back acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger for an evening full of Tchaikovsky.  This concert featuring the music of the masterful Russian romantic composer is on November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of WKSU, William P. Blair III, and Bob & Donna Leibensperger.

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique-take that for granted. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for instant miscalculates. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear.”

Myung -Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden and Zubin Mehta are just a few of the conductors with whom Krieger has collaborated. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Symphony. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and South America including tours of Germany, France, Poland, Holland Scandinavia, Korea, China, New Zealand and Israel. He recently performed at the PyeongChang Music festival in Korea. In September 2014, he recorded the Brahms Sonata Op. 1 and the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philip Ryan Mann, which will be released on Decca.

Krieger is the founding artistic director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. Since 2008, he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1997 to 2016 he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In August 2016 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

To open the concert, Maestro Zimmermann chose the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous operas, and arguably the most popular Russian opera from the romantic period.  Norman Krieger then takes the stage for Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, showing off his talents with accompaniment from the skillful CSO.  After intermission, the orchestra comes back with full forces to perform the composer’s fourth symphony, often talked about as the composer’s commentary on fate coming to take the listener away on a journey through time.  Also be sure to stop by at 6:30 for a performance of the Canton Symphony Chorus, with music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on November 4, 2017 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 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

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

The Artwork of Nelly Toll Goes International

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll, an exhibition originated by the Massillon Museum, has made its international debut. On September 28, 2017, the exhibit opened at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; it will continue through March 11, 2018. As a Jewish child in hiding in Poland during World War II, young Nelly created cheerful, colorful watercolor images of what the artist wished her world would be. 
As a child, Toll lived with her mother in a room in the home of a Catholic family, and hid in a “secret window,” standing mutely on the sill of a window bricked-up from the outside when required to hide. As described by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the life of Toll and children like her “was a life in shadows, where a careless remark, a denunciation, or the murmurings of inquisitive neighbors could lead to discovery and death.” 
Given a watercolor set by her mother, she painted small pictures of what she imagined a normal life would resemble. The images are filled with friends playing outside, pretty new dresses, parties, dinners, pets, and family—things that young artist could not have in hiding. In stark contrast to the imaginary world of her paintings, Toll also kept a diary that chronicled a young child’s experience of life in occupied Poland. Later, she was able to escape to the United States with her mother, and as an adult wrote an award-winning book about her experience, Behind the Secret Window (1993), based on her childhood diary. 
Dr. Toll believes strongly in emphasizing the positive values she took away from her experience to triumph over adversity. She visits middle schools, high schools, higher education institutions and community centers across the country to share her story, making contemporary connections between the Holocaust and the dangers of bullying. 
Dr. Toll’s watercolors are exhibited at the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and reside also in the collections of the Illinois Holocaust Education Center and Museum and Yad Vashem Museum in Israel.
Imagining a Better World, guest curated by Craig Joseph, was first exhibited at the Massillon Museum in 2014. Nelly Toll has worked with the Massillon Museum since 2007, when she first showed a selection of her artwork in connection with The Big Read.  The traveling exhibition,which garnered the Ohio Museums Association’s Best Exhibition award, and is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has previously been installed in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Reading, Pennsylvania; Hanover, Pennsylvania; Troy, Ohio; Dennison, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas. It will open at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio, in October 2018.
To learn more, visit
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, call 330-833-4061 or  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Heather Bullach, Massillon Museum Traveling Exhibits Coordinator – 330-833-4061 x108
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Drumming with Heroes

WHO: Warrior Beat, an organization enriching the lives of military veterans through professionally facilitated group drumming, and the veterans they serve.
WHAT: Opportunities to join drum circles led by Warrior Beat’s Trevor Meyer, information tables staffed by local organizations offering service to veterans, access to the vast collection of veteran related materials offered in the North Canton Public Library’s collection of books, movies and more, and an opportunity to meet veterans including World War II P-51 pilot, Bob Withee. 

Warrior Beat recently gifted Withee with a drum painted by local artist Terry Fairchild. The drum features an image of the P-51 plane Withee flew in the war as a tribute to his service.

The drum painted for Withee inspired four Vietnam combat veterans who are associated with Warrior Beat to use their own artistic talents to paint drums that will be auctioned to raise funds for the organization. The four drums will be sold via silent auction at the Drumming with Heroes event. Funds raised through sale of the painted drums will help to put drums in the hands of more Stark County veterans. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 19

5:30 p.m.
Posting of Colors (American Legion)
National Anthem (North Canton Middle School Choir Member)
Taps (American Legion Bugler)
Blessing of the Drums, Recruits, Fallen (Master Chief Jim Scalf, Honor Court)

6:00 p.m.
Drum Circle Begins (Little Art Gallery/Patio)
Information Tables
            Warrior Beat
            WWII Veteran, Bob Withee
            Veterans’ Service Commission
            SAM Center
            VET Center
            Vets in Recovery
            Honor Court

7:15 p.m.
Auction Bidding Ends

7:30 p.m.
Event Concludes
WHERE: North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main Street in North Canton

Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro has been Promoted to Principal Dancer

New York City Ballet’s Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal dancer.  He is a Canton Ballet alumnus and graduate of Hoover High School.

Peter Martins, NYCB’s ballet master in chief, made the announcement October 12 before NYCB’s evening performance in which Catazaro performed a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

This fall season Catazaro made his debut as Prince Siegfield in Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake.  He performed alongside principal dancer Sterling Hyltin who performed the role of Odette/Odile.

He also has debuted in featured roles in Peter Martins’ The Red Violin and Jerome Robbins’ In Memory of…, as well as performing a featured role in George Balanchine’s La Valse.

Catazaro began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  During his 11 years at Canton Ballet he studied primarily with executive and artistic director Cassandra Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  He is the son of Thomas Clark of North Canton.

He began studying at NYCB’s School of American Ballet in 2003 and enrolled as a full-time student in 2006.  The following year he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the company’s corps de ballet in 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in 2014.

Catazaro and Hyltin are slated to dance the leading roles of Canton Ballet’s TheNutcracker in December.

Yoga! – The Musical

Yoga: the Musical
Written by Margot Milcetich
—A romantic comedy that evolves into a kirtan—
We have a Hot Yoga Studio and a Slo-go Yoga Studio across the street from one another, and two couples who are destined to find each other. With a cast of 20, the action begins with comic problems and disturbances, moves through a sincere phase and then comes to a sublime kirtanKirtan includes dance that acts as a harmonizing force, opening the characters to new beginnings. Distinguishing features of the musical include the virtuoso tabla by Joe Culley, yoga choreography and body humor, and Sufi, Katak, and Bollywood dancing.
Music by Breathing Room
Shows in Nov. at Yoga Central (Canton).
Friday, Nov. Nov. 3, 7:30 pm
Saturday. Nov. 4, 7:30 pm
Nov. 11, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 12, 4 pm
$20.  Register:

ArtsInStark to Host Flag Raising Ceremony this Saturday

Back in 1970 the Cultural Center for the Arts opened its doors and raised the American flag for the first time.  A boy scout named KC Laubacher helped do that.  “I remember there were three of us scouts from St John’s Troop 17 there,” says Laubacher, “me, Kevin Pelanda and Ken Tolin.”  This Saturday October 21, at 2 pm Laubacher will return to help raise a brand new American flag for a second time at the Cultural Center for the Arts.  He will be joined by County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton speaking on “Three Great American Values: Courage, Unity, and Civility” — and the Fairless High School Marching Band. “The timing is right for this,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “because every day more organizations and people are joining in.”  Moretta Lawn and Landcare is bringing vintage army trucks and a collection of smaller American flags.  The drum line from ENRICHMENT is performing.  The Ca on Ballet is sending its dance students.  And now restaurants have started calling up to offer to bring food.   
ArtsinStark owns the Cultural Center which is home to the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Ballet, the Players Guild Theatre, and Voices of Canton.  It is in the process of getting the facility ready for its 50th anniversary in 2020.  Three weeks ago Beaver Excavating took down the hills on the Cleveland Avenue side of the Cultural Center and so the flagpole had to be relocated.  “Next spring this new flat green space will be renamed Festival Park and will start offering an ongoing series of activities for families,” says ArtsinStark’s Board Chair Emil Alecusan.  “The flag raising ceremony this Saturday at 2 pm is also our way of introducing the Festival Park idea to the community.” 

Nominations Sought for Music Educator of the Year Award

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is accepting nominations for the second annual Music Educator of the Year Award.  The award will be presented by CSO Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the March 3, 2018 MasterWorks concert.
The award process was developed by the Education Committee of the CSO Board of Trustees after studying similar awards conferred by other orchestras and with input from respected music educators in the region.  “The response to our giving the first award last year was amazing,” notes Gail Martino, Chair of the CSO’s Education Committee.  “We were inspired by the nominations we received and hope to continue that momentum in years to come.”  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, on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website ( 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, 2017.
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.

“Do the Mu”: Turkey Time

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, November 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make a turkey craft to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.  
“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.  
Instructor Gary Spangler holds bachelors’ degrees in visual art: fibers and art education: K through 12 from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from The University of Akron. He has taught art at Massillon City Schools, The University of Akron, Malone University, and the Massillon Museum. His teaching spans all ages and innumerable art forms including handcrafted books, photography, fibers, jewelry, enameling, origami, and ceramics.  
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
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

The Little Art Gallery announces its upcoming exhibit featuring paintings and drawings by Emily Vigil.

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host artist, Emily Vigil’s, exhibit “Landscapes Lost and Found” beginning November 2, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through December 3, 2017. An opening reception, hosted by the Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome.


Artist Statement and Statement of Show

“When I was a student, I was often counseled to begin by ‘writing what I know.’ Similarly, my undergraduate art education included countless hours of drawing ‘what I saw.’ Sometimes I felt as though I couldn’t possibly wring any more expression from drapery in a corner, or from a lowly egg and its cast shadow. I longed for the ability to take the leaps of freedom performed by my Art History heroes: Matisse, Turner, El Greco, or Rauschenberg. I was impatient to push past skill building, to express what I felt in my gut, to tap into the universal beyond the specific. But I am so glad that I drew and painted what I saw, as that is how I learned to enjoy the process of perception itself, and become aware of the scaffolding of sight. Besides, I learned to love manipulating art materials: pigment, water, medium, paper, wood, or canvas. I am no longer a university student or instructor. I still believe that primary experience is important, but after years of limiting my art goals to the boundaries of my personal experience, I have given myself permission to approach the edge of an imagined place, of an imagined time. Maybe even someone else’s place or time, as long as that place is one I can approach respectfully through an authentic connection.”


~Lost ~

“Follow me on this journey, by delving into mixed media acrylics and collages that chronicle some unreachable places or times. While some of these places are wholly constructed, Chasm, Crest, and Heritage all relate to true stories from my family, set in specific locations in the past: thirty, forty and over two hundred years ago. The details of these stories will never be known, only imagined.”



“Nursery (StarkFresh Hoophouse) is the first in a series I am creating about community gardens in Stark County. I am lucky to have witnessed the remarkable transformation of a small plot of land in Canton into a tiny but vibrant urban farm, through diligence of growers from ICAN Housing, under the direction of StarkFresh. I can’t wait until I have a full season of source material to paint the abundance brought forth from this and other community gardens tended to right here around us. Over the course of 2016 and early 2017, I will be chronicling this and other community garden spaces in Stark County through a body of artwork very much grounded in my present day, solid connection to this place, our place.”


For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 or

Estate Sale: Thursday, October 12th – Friday, October 20th

Fieldcrest Estate will be hosting an Estate Sale beginning Thursday, October 12th and running through Friday, October 20th, 2017. Now is your chance to check out the historic Hoover family farm and see what cool stuff there is to be discovered, before it’s too late. All items in the sale are from Fieldcrest Estate, and were once used on property, or in storage & are now looking for a new home!

These items include, but are not limited to: antiques, industrial equipment, old tools, indoor/outdoor furniture, children school furniture, seasonal decorations, brand new Halloween costumes & props, The Coop Gift Shop clearance items. . . and SO much more.


Weekdays 10 am – 6 pm Weekends 10 am – 4pm

For any further questions please contact our Welcome Center at (330) 966-2222.

Fieldcrest Estate

1346 Easthill (55th) St. SE North Canton, OH 44720 October 12th – 20th, 2017