Monthly Archives: October 2017

Combat Veterans Find Peace Through Drumming

The North Canton Public Library is honored to host Warrior Beat and a number of the veterans who have found hope and healing through the organization’s drum therapy program for an advocacy and fundraising event, Drumming with Heroes, Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to meet World War II P-51 pilot, Bob Withee. Warrior Beat CEO and chief facilitator, Trevor Meyer, met Withee through Warrior Beat’s drum therapy program at Heritage Villas,
a senior living facility in North Canton. “We meet a lot of amazing veterans through our programs and Bob just really inspired our team. I mean it’s not often you get to spend time with a World War II vet who was shot down four times in combat. Bob is the definition of a hero,” said Meyer, a Navy Veteran.

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. “We have these great guys who served in Vietnam and drum with us and volunteer their time to help us and I had no idea they were artists. I’m blown away by their talent,” said Meyer. 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.

In addition to meeting veterans and bidding on drums, those who attend Drumming with Heroes will have opportunities to join a drum circle led by Meyer, to visit information tables staffed by local organizations offering service to veterans and to peruse the vast collection of related materials offered in the North Canton Public Library’s collection of books, movies and more.

Warrior Beat is a non-profit organization that promotes healing, well-being, reintegration and fellowship for military veterans through professionally facilitated group drumming. Drumming focuses attention and entrains brainwave activity leading to the alleviation of severe anxiety, depression and other symptoms associated with PTSD and substance abuse recovery.

For additional information about the Drumming for Heroes event, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or

Canton Symphony Orchestra Starts its MasterWorks Series

The Canton Symphony Orchestra opens its classical MasterWorks Series with a concert full of audience favorites, with former concertmaster Lauren Roth returning to make the evening even more special.  The CSO starts the classical part of its season on October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Mark & Beverly Belgya and Larry & Nancy Hoover.

Lauren Roth is concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was named Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to these positions, she was concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. In May 2013, Ms. Roth earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, and she was accepted into his prestigious Concertmaster Academy.  She was a member of the Cleveland Pops orchestra and a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Ms. Roth has appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Northwest, Thalia Symphony, Canton Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. In 2013 she attended the Tanglewood Music Center and received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize.  An avid teacher and chamber musician, Ms. Roth was an adjunct faculty member at Holy Names Academy in Seattle and has served on the faculty of Icicle Creek Music Center and the International Lyric Academy in Italy.  She enjoys spending the summer in Prague, Czech Republic and Bellingham, WA where she is a faculty member at the Prague Summer Nights Festival and the Marrowstone Music Festival respectively. Ms. Roth has performed at the San Juan Island Chamber Music series, Lexington Bach festival, Mainly Mozart festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society and Tanglewood Music Center and has collaborated and performed with renowned artists including Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Ron Patterson, William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, André Watts and Lynn Harrell.

The evening starts with the captivating Second Essay by American composer Samuel Barber, and then Lauren Roth joins the orchestra on stage for Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3.  After the intermission, the CSO will perform two of Respighi’s tone poems meant to show off the splendor of Rome – Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.  Both pieces call for large orchestral forces, and will show off the power of the CSO and how colorful orchestral writing can truly be.  The audience will enjoy a musical adventure through many famous spots in Rome, as told through the music of Respighi.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 14, 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.

MassMu to Break Ground on its Expansion and Paul E. Brown Museum

The Massillon Museum will celebrate the groundbreaking for its expansion project and the Paul E. Brown Museum on Thursday, October 12.  Social time will begin at 5:00 p.m.; the remarks and ceremony will occur at 5:45 p.m. The public is invited and no reservations are required.
The expansion project, paid for with generous gifts from foundations, grants, businesses, and individuals, encompasses a new three-story building to complement the existing Art Deco Museum building, the transformation of two buildings adjacent to City Hall Street, and renovations to the existing Museum—all to better serve the community and the region.
“After more than a decade of imagining and strategically planning to increase the Museum’s footprint, the time has come to celebrate this pivotal moment that will transform the way our community engages with its artistic and cultural heritage,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon. “More of our treasured objects will be on view to illustrate Massillon’s unique stories and inspire and educate visitors of all ages. In addition, improved services for our patrons, and a permanent home in which to feature our football tradition and invite more tourism to downtown are key facets of the project.”
She continued, “Bob and Nancy Gessner’s leadership as campaign chairs has provided the vision to successfully launch this chapter in the Museum’s nearly 85-year history of serving the Massillon and Northeast Ohio community.  It is an exciting time; this Museum belongs to everyone, and we are creating a more accessible and vibrant cultural center for our community to enjoy.”
In about a year, the community can expect to enjoy additional gallery spaces, a new Paul E. Brown Museum, more classroom facilities, expanded Anderson’s in the City café and Museum shop spaces, and a flat-floor event space.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172), in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Jeffrey Keirn Wins “Monday Night Football” Competition

Canton artist Jeffrey Keirn is the winner of the $5,000 prize to create a design that captures the spirit of the sixth moment of The ELEVEN: Monday Night Football. His design will become part of a giant banner mural to be installed on the south wall of the Chase Bank Tower (101 Central Plaza South) in downtown Canton, OH. On Monday night September 21, 1970 ABC-TV aired the first NFL game ever — on a weeknight. Some thought the experiment was doomed. But more than 80,000 fans, and a huge television audience, watched the Cleveland Browns defeat Joe Namath’s New York Jets 31-21. Producer Roone Arledge dramatically changed how football was produced on television, starting with using a trio of announcers that included Keith Jackson, Don Meredith and Howard Cosell. The rest is history, and why the Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Monday Night Football as one of professional football’s greatest moments for ArtinStark’s public art series The ELEVEN. Four other Ohio artists will receive $500 prizes for their creative entries: Tommy Morgan (Minerva), Rachel Vaught (Columbus), Dick Close (Cincinnati), and Derek Brennan (Lakewood). “We received lots of great ideas,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “but Keirn’s bold concept of having the teams exploding right out of the TV set really set him apart as the winner.” The sponsors of the Monday Night Football are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation.
 Monday Night Football on Chase Bank Tower – 101 Central Plaza South – before winning image for inside TV has been selectedThis past August, ArtsinStark invited Ohio artists to send in their concepts for an image that would go inside the giant television set being created as part of Monday Night Football. All the entries followed the rules by sending in ideas that would neatly fit inside the TV set — but Keirn’s, whose submission broke out of the TV and took over the entire wall. Members of the Selection Committee were: Sally Morse Dale, Max Deuble, Brian Zimmerman, Emil Alecusan, and Max Barton. 

 ArtsinStark has completed five of the ELEVEN moments to date: The Birth (sculpture), The Draft (sculpture), The Merger (sculpture), The Reintegration (banner mural), and the Super Bowl III (mural). Monday Night Football will be the sixth moment of the series. Keirn, who is a chalk pastel street artist, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a graphic designer by day. He will have 22 days to finalize his concept, so that ArtsinStark can get Monday Night Football installed by Christmas.

 Here is an excerpt from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 150 Anniversary Book that explains why Monday Night Football is so important: Sundays have long been synonymous with NFL football. But in 1970, a new weekly tradition that included one featured game on Monday night forever changed the landscape of the game. Few could imagine the enduring impact of ABC’s telecast of the NFL during prime time on a weeknight. Doubters were prevalent when the Cleveland Browns faced the New York Jets in the Monday Night Football debut on September 21, 1970. Yet the tradition became a nationwide phenomenon that captured huge ratings and in turn was a major reason for the NFL’s dramatic rise in popularity in the years that followed.

 BACKGROUND – The NFL will be 100 years old in 2020. ArtsinStark’s goal is to have all 11 moments installed in time for that big celebration. Here are the eleven moments with a short description of each. 

1. Birth of the NFL, 1920. On September 17, representatives of the league’s ten charter teams, including Jim Thorpe and George Halas, meet in the showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay’s automobile dealership, and create the NFL. (On August 1, 2014 Michael Clapper unveiled his 25-foot steel and glass sculpture.)
2. Red Grange turns Pro, 1925. The Chicago Bears sign college superstar halfback Harold “Red” Grange and he becomes pro football’s first big gate attraction.  

3. The NFL Draft, 1936. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell’s idea of teams selecting college players by inverse order, based on how they finished the prior season, changes the future of clubs overnight. (On August 7, 2015 Gail Folwell unveiled her bronze sculpture.)         
 4. Reintegration of Pro Football, 1946. The Los Angeles Rams sign Woody Strode and Kenny Washington, the Cleveland Browns sign Marion Motely and Bill Willis, and the doors of professional football open for African Americans. (Paul Collins created the painting. Both the painting and the mural were unveiled on August 5, 2016.)

 5. 1958 NFL Championship Game. In what has been called the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts come back to beat the New York Giants in first “sudden death” NFL championship

6. Formation of the American Football League, 1959. The AFL is formed and for ten seasons expands into new markets, creates opportunities, and brings tremendous innovation to the game.
7. Pete Rozelle named NFL Commissioner, 1960. Rozelle begins his 29-year career during which he makes pro football America’s most popular sport, gets the first league-wide TV contract, negotiates the NFL/AFL merger, and transforms the Super Bowl into an international extravaganza.
8. AFL/NFL Merger, 1966. The costly battle between two rival leagues for players and markets ends with the June 8, 1966 announcement of the AFL-NFL merger. (David Griggs unveiled his granite and steel sculpture on June 23, 2016 in front the YMCA downtown.)
 9. The Ice Bowl, 1967. In frigid conditions at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Eve, Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21 – 17, cementing the legacy of coach Vince Lombardi and the 1960 Green Bay Packers.

 10. Super Bowl III, 1968. Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicts victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — does exactly that 16 – 7. (On August 4 Dirk Rozich unveiled his mural on the side of Cultural Center for the Arts.) 

 11. Monday Night Football, 1970. The phenomenal success of NFL games telecast during prime time on a weeknight begins on September 21, 1970, when the Cleveland Browns face the New York Jets in ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football debut.