A True Story on the CSO Stage

The Canton Symphony Orchestra brings back two audience favorites for their next MasterWorks concert, “Gifts of Fate”.  This program features the moving true story of Canton, Ohio during the great depression with The Secret Gift, a piece based on the book by Ted Gup and brought to life by local composer, Eric Benjamin.  This thrilling evening takes place on December 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Brad and Suzan Goris.

A Secret Gift, written by Ted Gup, takes readers through an uplifting and captivating story based in our own Canton, Ohio. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother’s attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in The Canton Repository in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. Gup traveled coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.

Local composer Eric Benjamin read the book, and after a discussion with CSO’s President Michelle Mullaly, thought the story perfect for the orchestral stage.  Benjamin came up with not only music for the story, but a whole staged production to highlight some of the most touching stories in the book.  For this performance of The Secret Gift, the CSO is also enlisting the help of local Renaissance man Craig Joseph, who has put together a cast of local actors to fill the stage with Canton talent.

After what will be a memorable performance of this Canton story, the CSO performs one of the most recognized pieces in classical literature, Beethoven’s fifth symphony.  Those famous four notes are reportedly fate knocking at Beethoven’s door, telling him his growing deafness would take away his ability to pursue his passions.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on December 3, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online atwww.cantonsymphony.org <https://cantonsymphony.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=65e7c2b0169cc8035c7b062e9&id=78db82c107&e=7bb008738b> , 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.