Category Archives: Canton

Kent State University at Stark Theatre to Present Playwright David MacGregor’s “Consider the Oyster” in November

Kent State University at Stark’s 2017-18 theatrical season kicks off with Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10,11,17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 at the Kent State Stark Theatre. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the Nov. 19 performance.

Consider the Oyster features Gene, who, after watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Marisa. In the midst of the excitement, he breaks his leg. A doctor places an oyster shell in Gene’s leg to aid in healing; however, the oyster shell sets off a chain reaction of feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in this comical, yet thought-provoking, play.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with a current student ID. Tickets may be obtained beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Reserve tickets online at www.kent.edu/stark/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348.

Consider the Oyster, the first theatrical production of the season, is directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer, Stephen Ostertag is the costume designer and Ron Jarvis is the sound designer.

For more details on Kent State Stark Theatre’s production of Consider the Oyster, visit www.kent.edu/stark/consider-oyster.

North Canton Playhouse announces auditions for: “Orphan Train”

The NORTH CANTON PLAYHOUSE Will be holding our SECOND auditions for our “ SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH “ program!  S.O.Y. is an educational outreach that presents dramatic plays to students In schools.  
AUDITIONS  for our first show, “ORPHAN TRAIN”, will be held on Thursday Nov. 9th at 7:00 pm  at NCP’s Main Stage @ 525 7th st NE North Canton  (on Hovver HS Campus)
To sign up for AUDITIONS  or For questions or more information, email Delorna Toy:  delornatoy@gmail.com
ROLES still needing filled include:   4- males ages 13-18,  2-male adults ages 20-60, 2 female adults ages 20-60
This show will be taken to and performed at Schools locations during school hours and performed for students in a class or many classes at a time.    This is a continuing role/responsibility, as we will work throughout the entire school year as shows are booked. We need people who can be available for shows with a two-week notice. Most schools recognize this program as an educational service to the school community, and students/ cast members can be excused for the absent time of the day that shows are performed. Individuals will need to check with their schools for details.   Adults that are cast will be asked to assist the director with transportation of cast members from our Youth Theatre to the school location.   Cast members are responsible for transportation to the Youth Theatre and to be picked up after performances. 
 
“Orphan Train” is a play that tells the story of 9 orphans on a train that left New York City on May 28th, 1914, and traveled to U.S. Midwestern towns in search for homes for the children. This play is an excellent supplement to classroom American History courses. 

Canton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will feature New York City Ballet Dancers

New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in Canton Ballet’s sparkling holiday showpiece The Nutcracker in four performances December 8-10 at the Canton Palace Theatre.  NYCB principal dancers Sterling Hyltin and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro will dance the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in all performances.

This is a rare opportunity for Stark County audiences to see performing members of America’s premiere ballet company here at home.  Performances will be Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome home Zachary with Sterling Hyltin as guest artists for this outstanding highlight of our season,” says artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  “Watching Zachary dance with New York City Ballet has been truly rewarding for us at Canton Ballet.”  During his 11 years with Canton Ballet, Catazaro studied primarily with Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  His father is Thomas Clark of Canton.

Catazaro is a Canton native and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  A graduate of Hoover High School, he studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2003 and 2006, and then enrolled as a full-time student later that same year.  In October 2007 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company’s corps de ballet in October 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in February 2014 and principal in October.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 15 or more.   Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the west wing of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.  Ticket purchase in advance is recommended for this popular event.

Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group and  funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository and Q92 radio.

Kent State University at Stark presents Guitar Weekend

Kent State University at Stark will present Guitar Weekend, a three-day festival for guitar enthusiasts, Nov. 16-18.

Free and open to the public, the event is a celebration of all styles of guitar playing and features some of the most respected guitarists nationwide.

Guitar Weekend, in its second year, blends a series of guitar workshops and concerts during the three-day span. All events are held at Kent State Stark’s Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, with the exception of a Thursday evening concert, which will take place at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton.

Organized by Kent State Stark’s Music Department, Guitar Weekend is made possible with the help of grants from ArtsinStark and an ArtSTART grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

 

Featured artists include:

MICKEY JONES

Mickey Jones has had an extensive career as a guitar soloist and chamber musician. He has twice been a featured soloist at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival and is a nationally renowned music educator, who founded the Hector Garcia Young Artist Concert Series.

NIR FELDER
Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, Nir Felder is equally adept across a wide range of genres. Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly became one of New York City’s most highly sought after musicians.

STEPHEN LOCHBAUM
Within six years of beginning training on the classical guitar, Stephen Lochbaum had earned a master’s degree, debuted on CBC Radio 1 with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers and won the national music festival of Canada.

JUDICAËL PERROY
Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. Highly sought after as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at many universities in the United States and abroad.

Guitar Weekend schedule:

THURSDAY, NOV. 16
4 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Workshop Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Concert Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. North
Canton, OH 44702

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 17
3 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 18
10 a.m. Judicaël Perroy Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
12:45 p.m. Community Performance Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Judicaël Perroy Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark

 

For more information, contact Adjunct Music Professor Adam Larison at alarison@kent.edu and 330-244-5071.

 

Visit www.kent.edu/stark/guitar-weekend  for more about the featured artists, including videos.

 

Come Enjoy and Evening Full of Tchaikovsky

For their second MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes back acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger for an evening full of Tchaikovsky.  This concert featuring the music of the masterful Russian romantic composer is on November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of WKSU, William P. Blair III, and Bob & Donna Leibensperger.

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique-take that for granted. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for instant miscalculates. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear.”

Myung -Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden and Zubin Mehta are just a few of the conductors with whom Krieger has collaborated. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Symphony. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and South America including tours of Germany, France, Poland, Holland Scandinavia, Korea, China, New Zealand and Israel. He recently performed at the PyeongChang Music festival in Korea. In September 2014, he recorded the Brahms Sonata Op. 1 and the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philip Ryan Mann, which will be released on Decca.

Krieger is the founding artistic director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. Since 2008, he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1997 to 2016 he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In August 2016 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

To open the concert, Maestro Zimmermann chose the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous operas, and arguably the most popular Russian opera from the romantic period.  Norman Krieger then takes the stage for Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, showing off his talents with accompaniment from the skillful CSO.  After intermission, the orchestra comes back with full forces to perform the composer’s fourth symphony, often talked about as the composer’s commentary on fate coming to take the listener away on a journey through time.  Also be sure to stop by at 6:30 for a performance of the Canton Symphony Chorus, with music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on November 4, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, 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.

Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro has been Promoted to Principal Dancer

New York City Ballet’s Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal dancer.  He is a Canton Ballet alumnus and graduate of Hoover High School.

Peter Martins, NYCB’s ballet master in chief, made the announcement October 12 before NYCB’s evening performance in which Catazaro performed a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

This fall season Catazaro made his debut as Prince Siegfield in Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake.  He performed alongside principal dancer Sterling Hyltin who performed the role of Odette/Odile.

He also has debuted in featured roles in Peter Martins’ The Red Violin and Jerome Robbins’ In Memory of…, as well as performing a featured role in George Balanchine’s La Valse.

Catazaro began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  During his 11 years at Canton Ballet he studied primarily with executive and artistic director Cassandra Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  He is the son of Thomas Clark of North Canton.

He began studying at NYCB’s School of American Ballet in 2003 and enrolled as a full-time student in 2006.  The following year he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the company’s corps de ballet in 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in 2014.

Catazaro and Hyltin are slated to dance the leading roles of Canton Ballet’s TheNutcracker in December.

Yoga! – The Musical

Yoga: the Musical
Written by Margot Milcetich
—A romantic comedy that evolves into a kirtan—
We have a Hot Yoga Studio and a Slo-go Yoga Studio across the street from one another, and two couples who are destined to find each other. With a cast of 20, the action begins with comic problems and disturbances, moves through a sincere phase and then comes to a sublime kirtanKirtan includes dance that acts as a harmonizing force, opening the characters to new beginnings. Distinguishing features of the musical include the virtuoso tabla by Joe Culley, yoga choreography and body humor, and Sufi, Katak, and Bollywood dancing.
Music by Breathing Room
 
 
Shows in Nov. at Yoga Central (Canton).
Friday, Nov. Nov. 3, 7:30 pm
Saturday. Nov. 4, 7:30 pm
Nov. 11, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 12, 4 pm
$20.  Register: http://bit.ly/2s8X7jo

ArtsInStark to Host Flag Raising Ceremony this Saturday

Back in 1970 the Cultural Center for the Arts opened its doors and raised the American flag for the first time.  A boy scout named KC Laubacher helped do that.  “I remember there were three of us scouts from St John’s Troop 17 there,” says Laubacher, “me, Kevin Pelanda and Ken Tolin.”  This Saturday October 21, at 2 pm Laubacher will return to help raise a brand new American flag for a second time at the Cultural Center for the Arts.  He will be joined by County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton speaking on “Three Great American Values: Courage, Unity, and Civility” — and the Fairless High School Marching Band. “The timing is right for this,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “because every day more organizations and people are joining in.”  Moretta Lawn and Landcare is bringing vintage army trucks and a collection of smaller American flags.  The drum line from ENRICHMENT is performing.  The Ca on Ballet is sending its dance students.  And now restaurants have started calling up to offer to bring food.   
 
ArtsinStark owns the Cultural Center which is home to the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Ballet, the Players Guild Theatre, and Voices of Canton.  It is in the process of getting the facility ready for its 50th anniversary in 2020.  Three weeks ago Beaver Excavating took down the hills on the Cleveland Avenue side of the Cultural Center and so the flagpole had to be relocated.  “Next spring this new flat green space will be renamed Festival Park and will start offering an ongoing series of activities for families,” says ArtsinStark’s Board Chair Emil Alecusan.  “The flag raising ceremony this Saturday at 2 pm is also our way of introducing the Festival Park idea to the community.” 

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 cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org, 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.