Category Archives: Canton

Saturdays in the City Begin May 20! SHOP! EAT! PLAY!

The Canton Arts District, ArtsinStark, and the Downtown Canton Flea have joined forces to bring the community a fun day of shopping, food, and family activities as they kick off Saturdays in the City.

SHOP! This year, the hugely popular Downtown Canton Flea moves west to the center of the Canton Arts District. With over 50 artisan vendors selling jewelry, wood carvings, vintage items, art, and more, it’s sure to be a buyer’s paradise. Plus visit all the brick and mortar business of the Arts District like Avenue Arts, Apothecary, Cantonology, Lynda Tuttle’s, Arrowhead Vintage, Print and Press, IKON,  Colette’s Vintage, and Collective Skate.

EAT! Get your morning coffee fix with a stop at Carpe Diem. Need to grab a bite? Street food vendors will be on hand plus lots of your downtown favorites will be open ready to serve like Cultured Coffee and Waffles, Arcadia Grille, Deli Ohio, Canton Brewing Co, and George’s. Plus, Royal Docks will be on hand with cold brews!

PLAY! Bring the kids and enjoy the kids area with a bounce house, make and take activity, and yard games at Market Square. Enjoy live music around the district from Pat Masalko, Andy Cyphert, and more. Finish your day with a visit to the Canton Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Avatars.

SHOP! EAT! PLAY! It all happens Saturday, May 20 from 10am-2pm at 4th Street NW and Court Ave. A great day to enjoy the sunshine in the Canton Arts District!

The Symphony League of Canton Presents Denim & Diamonds

The Symphony League of Canton invites you to DON YOUR DENIM- GRAB YOUR BOOTS & FLAUNT YOUR BLING for DENIM & Diamonds – In Place 2017 on June 11 @ 6:00 pm at the home of Bob & Linda DeHoff, 7700 Mudbrook Road NW.

League president Cindy Samolczyk explains, “Each year we raise money to support the Canton Symphony’s Education and Outreach Programs by having a couple hundred friends over for dinner! It’s a great way to celebrate local culinary talent and showcase beautiful homes in our community. This year’s DENIM & Diamonds theme combines a little bit of country with a little bit of chic to create a perfect summer outing.”

In Place culinary participants include: AA Executive Catering, Bender’s Tavern, Bravo Cucina Italiana, Canal Tavern, Carpe Diem, Chocolates by Erin, Chop House, Fisher’s Catering Company, Gabe’s Meats and Deli, Gervasi Vineyard, Gregory’s Restaurant, Lucca. Mulligan’s Restaurant & Pub, Palombo’s Italian Restaurant, Sassy Delight Confections, Shy Cellars, The Twisted Olive, The West Side Bakery. Entertainment will be provided The Stockdale Family Band. Event sponsors include: Canton Chair Rental, Cathy Cowgill Flowers & Rohr Nursery.

Reservation deadline is June 2, 2017 and tickets are $125 each or $150 per person for a patron ticket. Tickets include unlimited tastings and an open bar. Information and tickets are available by calling the Canton Symphony Orchestra box office at 330.452.2094 or online at

Founded in 1963, the Symphony League of Canton maintains and furthers the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of excellence by promoting the orchestra in the community, developing financial and volunteer staff support for the Orchestra Association and by providing educational outreach to the community and educational enrichment for the membership.  The Canton Symphony Orchestra offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St NW Canton, Ohio, 44708.

Jim Brickman Joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra

Cleveland native Jim Brickman is a worldwide sensation with his soulful piano playing.  His simplistic song style has won the hearts of many, and has kept his music on the top of the charts across the country and the world.  In May, he will be coming back to Canton to join the CSO for one special night for their Benefit Concert.  The concert begins with the generosity of the CSO musicians, who are donating their services for the rehearsal and performance.  Concert proceeds will support the Canton Symphony Orchestra Endowment – ensuring the future of Stark County’s flagship arts organization.

Jim Brickman is an American songwriter and pianist of pop, as well as a radio show host. Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is known for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.  He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album; an SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” award; a Canadian Country Music Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration; and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

Along with regular concert tickets, the CSO is also selling tickets for a special VIP event after the concert.  This post-concert party will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a meet & greet with Mr. Brickman.  The party is being held in Foundation Hall, which is connected to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  Tickets for the VIP event are on sale now through the box office and online, and are $25 each.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on May 13, 2017 range in price from $20-$60 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 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.

75th Annual May Show Awards Notification

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host a private opening reception for the 75th Annual May Show Sunday, April 30, 2017. Awards in each category as well as best in show will be presented as follows.

Best In Show

Artist: Erin T. Mulligan

Title: The Feeding

Media: Graphite and Oil on Clayboard



First Place

Artist: Bruce Humbert

Title: The Garden Gate

Media: Oil on Clayboard

Second Place

Artist: Frank Dale

Title: The Eye of the Beholder

Media: Oil on Panel



First Place

Artist: Nancy Young Darrah

Title: View of Vernazza

Media: Watercolor

Second Place 

Artist: Ted Lawson

Title: 30 ROCK III

Media: Watercolor



First Place               

Artist: Karen Hemsley

Title: Shell Game

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Second Place         

Artist: Tina Myers

Title: Grief

Media: Acrylic  on Wood


Drawings & Original Prints  

First Place               

Artist: Lee Ann Novotny

Title: A Place to Hang Her Hat

Media: Colored Pencil on Paper

Second Place          

Artist: Diane Belfiglio

Title: Going Deeper II

Media: Oil Pastel on Pencil

Honorable Mention  

Artist: Rosemary Hayne

Title: Old Blue

Media: Colored Pencil on Black Gesso

Mixed Media

First Place               

Artist: Karen S. Bogdan

Title: Deep in the Forest

Media: Fabric/Thread

Second Place         

Artist: Wanda L. Montgomery

Title: Shopping Day

Media: Acrylic/Handmade Paper/Collage


First Place               

Artist: Robert Bratton

Title: Reliquary: ST. Dymphna’s Rib

Media: Wood/Bone/Plaster

Second Place         

Artist: Tom Migge

Title: Vase #L-105

Media: Sculpted Walnut and Oak

The Little Art Gallery invited artists to submit entries in five categories for the gallery’s annual juried show. In total, 130 pieces were submitted by 65 Stark County artists.. The show was juried by Meghan Olis and Rachel Davis.

The May Show is designed to recognize the talents and achievements of local artists. In exhibiting such works, the Little Art Gallery strives to promote awareness of the arts and to make fine art accessible to North Canton and surrounding communities.

The show invited entries from any artist 16 years of age or older, living in Stark County. All works submitted were required to be original, recent (within the past three years) and not previously exhibited in a Little Art Gallery show. All media, with the exception of photography and digital images (unless altered as mixed media fine art), were accepted for consideration.

The May Show will be on exhibit in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from May 1-31, 2017.

Juror Information:

Meghan Olis

Meghan Olis graduated from Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies in 2005. Originally from Alabama, she received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her career in the arts began in 2005 when she worked for Cleveland artist and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost, organizing exhibitions and events in celebration of his 100th birthday. In the years since, she managed both the move and re-installation of the Akron Art Museum’s collection into their newly renovated museum space (2006-2007) and taught Art History at Kent State University (2009-2011). Meghan is currently an exhibition specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she has worked since 2007.

Juror Statement: It was an honor to judge these works made by Stark County artists. Jurying is not an easy task because art can be so subjective. When looking closely at each piece, I focused primarily on the artist’s use of medium, technical skill, creativity, and overall composition. I do not allow the subject matter to sway me, otherwise I would end up with a show of cute animals and not one that represents the skill level and hard work of the artists. Thank you to the Little Art Gallery for this opportunity and for your commitment to local art.


Rachel Davis:

Rachel Davis has owned and operated Rachel Davis Fine Arts Auctioneers and Appraisers since 1987. Her gallery specializes in the sale of American and European 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and sculpture. Some of the highlights her gallery has sold are the Baldwin Wallace University art collection and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company art collection. She has been a juror for several shows over the past 20 years in northern Ohio, the most recent being Cleveland Creates 2017-ArtNEO-Cleveland, OH.  She has been a co-curator for the following shows held at the Canton Museum of Art: Avatars-Relics From the Future-The Art of Gary Spinosa- April – July 2017; Three Voices-Conversations on Life & Conflict-September 1 – October 30, 2016 and The Cleveland School-Watercolor and Clay-December 1, 2012 – March 10, 2013.  Rachel has given several presentations regarding assessing art including Less than Perfect: How to Assess Condition Issues When Valuing Works On Paper-International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference, Dallas TX  2016 and Beyond the Obvious: Re-defining ‘Regional’ from Local to Global-Guest panelist, American Society of Appraisers, New York, NY, November 8, 2014. Rachel received degrees in Art History and Chemistry with a minor in painting from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Juror Statement: First, I want to thank Elizabeth for asking me to be a juror; it is an honor and something that I find very enjoyable. When I approach a body of work, I like to first walk through and see which pieces catch my eye. This is one of the most important criteria for me:  Am I drawn into the work? Does it hold my eye? Next step is to understand why. First, does it convey an original idea, thought or emotion that goes beyond the handling of the materials? Does the artist convey a sense of feeling and care about his/her work? How well does his/her composition and design translate. Secondly, I view the technical skill and how well the artist has mastered his/her chosen medium with its inherent limitations and strength. The medium should not be an end to itself, but does the artist take this medium into new directions and test its limits? Lastly, I like to present a show that shows diversity in both ideas and techniques. It is hard to eliminate works and some fine works were rejected because I felt they failed in one of the above aspects. It is nice to see such a thriving art community and the large number of entrants speaks volumes of how highly regarded this annual show is.


For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 or

Dirk Rozich Wins “Super Bowl III” Mural Competition

More than 30 local artists applied for the $40,000 commission to create the artwork and paint the Super Bowl III mural on the side of the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North). The Selection Committee has picked Dirk Rozich as the winner, and awarded five other local artists $500 prizes for their very creative concepts: Tim Carmany, Judi Krew, Tommy Morgan, Su Nimon, and Scot Phillips. The ELEVEN is a public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history. Four of the ELEVEN moments have been completed to date: The Birth (sculpture), The Draft (sculpture), The Merger (Sculpture), and The Reintegration (Mural). Super Bowl III will be the fifth moment of the series. It celebrates the year (1968) that Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicted victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — did exactly that 16 – 7. The plan is to unveil the Super Bowl III mural on Friday, August 4 during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Festival. The sponsors of the Super Bowl III mural are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation.

Dirk Rozich is one of the most popular mural artists in Northeast Ohio. He has a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design. His life-size murals typically take several months to complete and allow the public to experience a mural in the making. Rozich welcomes any passerby to stop and share in the experience. Rozich wants the mural to capture the Jets’ epic overcoming of the Colts’ superior team in 1969, and Joe Namath’s historical quote that guaranteed that win. The mural will be in full color and will appear to stand away from the wall’s surface. “Namath’s larger-than-life demeanor is at the core of this mural,” says Rozich, “because against all odds, he led his outmatched team to an indisputable victory.”

The members of the Selection Committee were: Max Barton, Sally Morse Dale, Max Deuble, Chuck Hoover, Joe Horrigan, Jack McWhorter, Ron Ponder, and Mark Samolczyk.

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. (Dirk Rozich will unveil his mural on the side of Cultural Center for the Arts in August 2017.)

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.

School of Canton Ballet Now Enrolling Summer Classes

School of Canton Ballet summer classes are a great way for current students to maintain their levels of training and for new students to enter the ballet school program.  Classes for all ages are offered in two 4-week sessions, June 15-July 6 and July 13-August 3.  The program includes a full range of classical ballet plus other dance styles.  Pianists accompany all ballet classes.  There are scholarships available for boys.  View special discounts and register online at or call 330-455-7220.

Two very special happenings are the dance camps for ages 4-6.   Hawaiian Dance Camp will be June 12-16 and Beauty and the Beast Dance Camp, July 31-August 3.  Both camps offer creative movement classes led by early childhood specialist Julie Mizer Grasse.   Students will make fun crafts and enjoy healthy snacks.

Workshops include Junior Elementary for elementary 1 and 2 students, July 10-27; Elementary for elementary 3 and intermediate 1 students, July 10-27; and Intensive for intermediate 2 through advanced students, June 26-July 27.

In early childhood division classes led by Mrs. Grasse—Mom & Me for toddlers, Predance for 3-year olds, Creative Movement I & 2 for 4-5 year olds  and Preballet for 6 year olds—children learn to release their imagination through rhythm and music and to enjoy the magic as well as the discipline of movement.

Teen and adult ballet classes are for ages 14 and older just beginning or wishing to return to dance study.

School of Canton Ballet faculty includes artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley, assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward and choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in addition to Grasse.  Guest teachers for the Intensive are Eric Yetter, Kelly Yankle, Megan Seemann and Kelli Sanford.

For registration details and further information see, call 330-455-7220 or visit the Canton Ballet office.  Summer business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The ballet office and studios are located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.


Enjoy Spring Fireworks with the Canton Youth Symphonies

For the final Canton Youth Symphonies concert, the orchestras have a program full of challenging works in store for the audience.  Each group promises to wow concert-goers with a skillful demonstration of how far they have grown musically through the season.  On April 30, 2017, Dr. Rachel Waddell leads her Youth Orchestras through their season finale concert starting at 5pm at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th St. NW, Canton OH, 44708.

The concert features all three youth symphonies – Canton Youth Strings, Canton Youth Symphony (CYS) and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra (CYSAO).  The youngest group has programmed movements from Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite, while the Canton Youth Symphony will perform Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Four Norwegian Dances by Dvořák.  The final group, the CYSAO, will be showing off a few of their graduating seniors with movements from concertos, as well as the full orchestra with Respighi’s spectacular Pines of Rome.  This concert will recognize all of the graduating seniors who have helped the youth orchestra program grow over the years, some of them continuing on into the world of music in their college plans.

The Canton Youth Strings consists of beginning violin, viola, cello and bass students in grades 2-6 while the Canton Youth Symphony is a full orchestra of intermediate level students in grades 6-9.  The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is a full orchestra comprised of students in grades 9-12 who perform at an advanced level.
Tickets for the concert are $5 each.  All seating for the performance is general admission.  Tickets are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning one hour before the performance time.

Founded in 1962, the Canton Youth Symphonies offer aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. Its participants rehearse weekly in preparation for three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians and guest artists. There is no minimum age requirement for CYS.  Membership in CYS is by audition only.  Auditions are normally held in late summer, however interested students may be allowed to audition for the ensemble at any point during the school year. An audition may be arranged by calling the Canton Symphony Office at 330-452-3434 ext. 604.

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, 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.

ArtsinStark’s “Genius Project Rally” Set for April 27

ArtsinStark has spent the last nine years developing the SmArts Program.  Its goal is to integrate science and art in schools to supercharge learning.  Today SmArts is in every one of the 17 public school districts in Stark County and all the Catholic Middle and Elementary Schools.  “The county arts council has invested over $500,000 bringing SmArts to 30,000 kids,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan.  Three years ago the success of SmArts led to the birth of the Northeast Ohio Genius Project: an 8-week science, art, and financial literacy competition for middle schools.  On Thursday April 27, the Cultural Center for the Arts will host 70 teams from across the region competing in this year’s “Genius Rally.”  According to Dave Grabowsky, Chair of the 2017 Annual Arts Campaign, which has raised $1,075,000 to date, or 65% of its $1,650,000 goal, “Building America’s 21st century super-creative workforce is exactly what the arts are about.”  More information is available at  or 330-453-1075.

In February, 70 middle school teams received this year’s genius challenge in a box delivered to their school.  Inside were the written challenge, along with two bundles of raffia, bamboo sticks, rocks, clay, a coconut, acrylic paint, and a plastic bag.   Using only the materials in the box – plus their own scissors, pens, pencils, cell phones, and their library – students had to solve a challenge related to being marooned on a tropical island prone to heavy rain, wind, flooding, and many wild animals.  Students had to create the model for an elevated shelter, and find ways to gather food and protect themselves from the sun.  And for each part of the challenge, there were specific measurements for success.  For example, the team’s elevated shelter model had to be a minimum height and width, contain so many right angles, and be able to bear the weight of one coconut.

The importance of the Genius Project is supported by research that shows that scientists that win the Noble Prize are up to 25 times more likely to be involved in the arts.  The Genius Project helps teachers learn to integrate science and art.  “We believe in the power of the arts to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities,” says Kimberly Phillips, ArtsinStark’s Director of Education.  “Every year our challenge, which is based on State of Ohio Learning Standards for Math, Science and Art — is meant to bring out the genius inside us all.”

BACKGROUND:  ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 47 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program in the schools, 20/20 Vision, and the ELEVEN).  More at  Our annual budget is $3 million.   What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  In May 2016 the Campaign became the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 11 years in a row.  (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

The CSO announces its 2017-2018 season

This year marks the beginning of the 80th season for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  For our 2017-2018 season, we plan to bring concerts full of color and life to the audience.  This season brings back favorite guests of seasons past, and features some of our own musicians soloing with the orchestra.  Some concerts include favorite standards in the classical repertoire, and others expose concert-goers to new music or lesser-known masterpieces for the orchestra.  We hope to see you at our concerts, and maybe even become a subscriber to the Canton Symphony Orchestra!

For opening night, October 14, 2017, the orchestra is joined by the former concertmaster Lauren Roth, performing the Third Violin Concerto by Saint-Saëns.  The night continues on the Second Essay by famed American composer Samuel Barber.  For the rest of the evening, the orchestra takes the audience around Rome in musical form, with two of Ottorino Respighi’s masterpieces, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

November 4, 2017 promises to be a night full of Russian beauty with a concert full of works by Tchaikovsky.  Special Guest Norman Krieger returns to the Canton Symphony Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.  The evening continues with the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, and closes with the powerful majesty of his Fourth Symphony.

Concert-goers receive a very special treat on December 3, 2017 with another performance of Eric Benjamin’s Sercret Gift.  The piece is a musical collaboration with the book of the same title, depicting Canton, Ohio during the depression, and includes chorus and narration.  For the other half of the concert, the CSO picks an audience favorite, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

For the fourth concert of the season, the CSO shows off the genius of German master composers Bach and Mahler.  The January 27, 2018 concert starts with our Concertmaster Vivek Jayaraman and Principal Second Violin Solomon Liang teaming up for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.  The second half of the concert features the whole orchestra with the massive world-encompassing 5thSymphony by Gustav Mahler.

The CSO’s fifth concert on March 3, 2018, promises to be a night of exciting, lighter chamber music.  The concert starts with a relatively new composition, Snakebite, by Stephen Montague.  The piece is for a smaller orchestra, but full of fast paced motion and excitement.  The Principal Clarinet of the CSO, Randy Klein, then leads the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet concerto.  Ending the concert is Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

On March 25, audience members take a trip through many different genres of orchestral music, from classical to contemporary.  Julia Bruskin joins the CSO again for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major.  The orchestra then journeys through Italy with Rossini’s overture to his opera La scala di seta, and Germany for Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.  The concert ends with selected dances for Ginastera’s ballet Estancia.

The final concert of the season promises to be a grand event.  To start the concert, some of the CSO wind players take the stage for Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds.  On the second half, the Canton Symphony Chorus joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra with specials guest Neos Dance Theatre for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

As always, the CSO has a series of Pops concerts on the schedule as well.  The audience favorite Jeans and Classics returns for more performances with the CSO this year, with shows featuring the music of the Eagles on September 28, 2017 and Led Zepplin on April 5, 2018.  The CSO also has their popular Holiday concert planned for December 17, 2017.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert series are $135-$215.  The CSO also offers Choose Four, Five, or Six package which allows patrons to choose 4, 5, or6 of the seven concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber.  Choose Four packages are $90-$165, Choose Five $110-$185, and Choose Six $125-$205.  The CSO offers Pops subscription tickets for the 3 concerts as well, with ticket packages from $50-$80.  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.

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, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium). For more information, please visit

ArtsinStark Is Helping Downtowns Reinvent Themselves

The “Sticky Arts” exhibit that went up in downtown Alliance this week is 50% art show — and 50% economic development strategy.  It’s just one of many projects the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark have partnered on to transform two blocks on East Main into an attraction for locals and tourist alike called The Crossing.  “We are using these 15 museums, antique stores, eateries, and specialty shops, along with public art installations, to reinvent a place,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins.”  The non-profit county arts council has partnered with the City of Louisville to create Constitution Place in its downtown, with the Village of Minerva to rebrand three of its blocks as historic Market Street, and with the Canton Chamber to build the Arts District.  “ArtsinStark has also given grants to Hartville, Canal Fulton, Massillon, Jackson, and North Canton to do the same thing,” says David Grabowsky, who is chairing the 2017 Annual Arts Campaign to raise $1,650,000 for the arts in Stark County.  The drive is at 30% or $500,000 of its goal.  More info is available at  or 330-453-1075.

The name “Sticky Arts” comes from the fact that copies of the 22 artworks by 16 local artists were first printed on adhesive paper and then literally stuck on windows and walls at three different locations across Alliance inviting people to come experience The Crossing.  The first of the three sites are the store windows downtown in The Crossing on East Main Street from Mechanic to Linden.  The second site is the hallway outside the Rodman Branch Library at Giant Eagle Market Place (1808 West State Street), and the third site are the walls around the entrance to the Kresge Dining Commons in the Campus Center at the University of Mount Union.

Julie Amabeli, Alayna Watson, and Fredlee Votaw represent the great variety among the 16 Alliance artists that are part of Sticky Arts.  Julie Amabeli is a University of Mount Union graduate who works as a financial analyst by day, and creates precise pen and ink portraits of famous people by night.  Alayna Watson is a senior at Alliance High School who does ceramics and painting. Fredlee Votaw has been exhibiting in shows for 45 years and explores all kinds of art in creations he calls “Diary Art.” The other artists in the show are: Robert Buganski, Lynn Digby, Kacie Prologo, Chrystal Shofroth, Andrew Wells, Dena Donnelly, Allie Bennett, Travis Kuntzman, Lily Thomas, Martha McClaugherty, Olivia Sziber, Marilyn Kuntzman and Olivia Morey.

Sticky Arts will host an opening reception, with refreshments and live music, at the Giant Eagle Marketplace location on Thursday April 6 from 5:30 to 7 pm.  The Sticky Arts exhibit will be on display  until the end of May — or until the glue wears out!