Blind Spot Comes to the CSO

The Canton Symphony Orchestra kicks off its ConverZations series with a special event thanks to a generous partnership with the Massillon Museum.  Join us on September 19th, 2017 at 6:15pm for a fascinating new take on art installations!  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by Arts in Stark, Massillon Museum, Ohio Arts Council, and Stark Community Foundation, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our first ConverZations, the popular Massillon Museum exhibit, Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, comes to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  The original installation at the Massillon Museum consisted of ten abstract paintings adapted through several different media to help museum attendees experience the artworks through multiple senses.  Braille, large-type labels, and small scale aluminum tactile models were created to help patrons with blindness or low vision experience the art, as well as give sighted patrons new ways to experience visual art.  Three of the paintings were selected by three members of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship program who wrote musical compositions representing the artworks.  These compositions were performed at the opening of the exhibit, and will be performed again at our event on September 19th.

The three paintings picked by composers from the Cleveland Institute of Music will travel to the Zimmermann Symphony Center and stay in The Hoover Gallery from September 19ththrough October 13th.  For opening night on September 19th, there will be a cocktail hour starting at 6:15pm, with light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a chance to view the paintings.  The evening continues with a panel discussion at 7pm, along with performances of the three musical compositions by Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians.  The art exhibit will be open to the public for viewing during theCSO administrative offices business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 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, 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.
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