Canton Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season

After a season that included two World Premieres and one Ohio Premiere, the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is ready to get back to the basics with its 2016-17 MasterWorks Season. “The 2016-17 season contains many of the composers that classical music enthusiasts love,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra. “The guest artists we’ve engaged will keep the music fresh,” she adds.

Opening night is October 1 and features a program voted on by audience members at this season’s November concerts. The program includes Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Piano soloist Sara Davis Buechner will perform on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. All American is the theme for the October 29 concert featuring Jinjoo Cho as guest violin soloist. The program includes Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bernstein’s On the Waterfront and Violin Concerto in D Major by Korngold. The November 19 concert will feature four of the CSO’s own violinists as soloists on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and also includes Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Also featured that evening will be selections from the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art projected above the stage during the Piazzolla. The orchestra invites the audience to spend a (figurative) night in Vienna on January 28, 2017 with a program of music by Suppe, Schubert as well as polkas and waltzes by Strauss. In February, the winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition will be the guest soloist on a program that includes Saint-Saëns Overture to the Yellow Princess and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. On March 25, the music of “Beethoven and his Contemporaries” will be on the program. The concert features Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens, Liszt’s Les Préludes and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. The season closes on April 29 with Verdi’s Requiem featuring the Canton Symphony Chorus and soloists including Karen Slack, Kathryn Findlen, Tim Culver, and Nathan Stark.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert series are $135-$210 and are on sale now. The CSO also offers flexible subscription packages which allow patrons to choose 4, 5 or 6 of the seven concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber. Flexible packages range from $90 to $205. Subscription tickets and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available at, by calling 330-452-2094 or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Single tickets for 2016-17 individual events will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit