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SymphonyLand Series Begins its Eighth Year

After eight years bringing music to children ages 3 to 6 years, the SymphonyLand Series is going strong!  Presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and sponsored in part by The Hoover Foundation, Arts in Stark, and T. Raymond Gregory, SymphonyLand trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format created specifically to engage young listeners.  The series begins with the string trio on Wednesday January 10 and Saturday January 13 at 10am and 11am each day in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW, Canton).

As in the past, each trio performance incorporates an age-appropriate story book along with educational components in music, reading and social studies.  This year, the trios will be utilizing books from Barefoot Books.  The string trio begins the series on January 10 and 13 with I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur.  On February 7 and 10, the woodwind trio will perform along with the book Elusive Moose and the brass trio performances on March 7 and 10 will feature Hidden Hippo.   The SymphonyLand trio performances are offered at 10:00 and 11:00am each day.
All of the SymphonyLand instrument families come together on April 25 and 26 at 9:45 and 10:45am for the Kinder Concert which features the full orchestra.  The program, conducted by Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, features a new collaboration between the CSO and Stark Parks.  For this Kinder Concert, Stark Parks will bring in members of their personnel with some of their Ohio-native live animals.  The Kinder Concert is held at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts.

All of the SymphonyLand and Kinder Concert programs are open to the public as well as school groups.  Admission is free due to support provided by our generous sponsors listed above.   Reservations for all attendees are required, and can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.orgor by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094 weekdays 9am – 5pm.  Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

“Do the Mu!”—Happy New Year!

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, January 6, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make crazy New Year hats including resolutions to make the world a better place.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required.  Guests may drop in any time during the two-hour session.
 
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.  
 
Instructor Diane Boslett is a licensed visual arts teacher with a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland College and a master of education in integrated arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.   
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

African American Masterpieces Celebrated in New Canton Museum of Art Exhibition

Canton Museum of Art (CMA) presents a new exhibition African American Masterpieces: Collection Highlights on view now through March 4, 2018. In conjunction with an exhibition of woodcarvings by Elijah Pierce, this exhibition showcases paintings and ceramics created between 1945 and 2010.

In the past, African American art was expressed through basket weaving, small drums, quilting, pottery, painting, and woodcarving. Today, most major cities have developed museums devoted to African American artists. Important collections of African American art are becoming more prevalent, and this exhibition celebrates the works from the Canton Museum of Art’s permanent collection.


Artists featured in the 
African American Masterpieces exhibition:

Elizabeth Catlett
Born in 1915, Elizabeth Catlett who creates sensuous figurative sculpture and prints on the subject of African American women. She learned at an early stage that she would have to work around racism in order to achieve her goals. Although she was a talented student, Catlett ’s chosen college, the Carnegie Institute of Technology, rejected her. Nonetheless, she subsequently attended Howard University, graduating cum laude. Catlett chose African American woman as her subject while she was studying with Grant Wood at the University of Iowa. Catlett’s intense interest in the mother-and-child theme reflects her own history; her father died before her birth, so her mother and maternal grandmother raised her. Catlett won the Rosenwald Fellowship, making it possible for her to go to Mexico in 1946 to study mural painting and printmaking. In 1947, she married the Mexican artist Francisco Mora and became an advocate for workers in her adopted country. She empathetically pictured the evils of poverty, women laboring at menial jobs, children working and caring for smaller youngsters and homeless youth. Although men do appear in her work, most of Catlett’s sculpture represents women or mothers and children. She explains, “Because I am a woman and know how women feel sin, body and mind, I sculpt, draw, and print women, generally black women.”


Syd Carpenter
Syd Carpenter was originally a painting major at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. The prerequisite electives she took included ceramics and she became captivated with the ceramic medium. Her interest in ceramics was a gradual process, but by the time she completed her MFA she knew she had found the perfect medium. Carpenter’s work has gone through several phases. Her early work was vessel-like, stretched and pulled, with pressure applied from the inside. She used intense, bright surface colors. In the mid 80s, she began experimenting with sculptural forms that turned into 4 x 4 foot wall hangings. In the late 80s she journeyed to Brazil. While she was there she attended a Kodumbro ritual (a syntheses of the Yoruba religion and Catholicism). As an African American, it gave Carpenter a heightened sense of her heritage, and the event became the next catalyst for her work. In the 90s her walls and vessels pieces now suggest the rhythm of both plant life and human spirituality.


Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1914. Soon after his birth, his family moved to New York City’s Harlem. During the mid 30s, when Bearden was a student of George Brosz at the Art Students League, he founded the 306 Group for black artists living in Harlem. During the 40s Bearden combined African symbols, such as masks and “conjure women” with stylized realism. In 1950 he went to Paris and enrolled at the Sorbonne, returning to New York City in 1954. After his stay in Paris, Bearden’s work became more abstract. In the 60s the civil rights movement influenced Bearden. Bearden, always a humanist, finally realized the strength of his southern memories and the Harlem culture of his youth in the 60s. Transforming specific often-humble incidents into universal themes, he classified and gave a lasting aesthetic identity to one variety of the American experience. Bearden endorses this thought when he wrote: “It is not my aim to paint about the Negro in America in terms of propaganda. (It is to depict) the life of my people as I know it, passionately and dispassionately as Breughel. My intention is to reveal through pictorial complexities the life I know.” Throughout his career, Bearden has promoted opportunities for black artists. He has served as art director of the Harlem Cultural Council and helped organize the Clinque Gallery. In 1969, he wrote ”The Painters’ Mind” with Carol Holty. By the time he passed away in 1988 at the age of 75, Romare Bearden was considered a cultural icon.



Clifton Clay
Clifton Clay was born in Mississippi in 1935. His heritage is both African American and Native American. Both his mother and grandmother are Choctaw, with his grandmother being born on a reservation. Clay spent his early years in Oklahoma, California, and Arizona until his family settled in Cleveland when he was in his teens. Clay graduated from John Jay High School in Cleveland. After graduating, Clay attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and studied under Paul B. Travis and John P. Miller. As a young man, he worked out West, including as a ranch hand – Clay has retained this interest throughout his life. He has also worked at the Karamu House as a painter, painting houses. Many of the symbols found in Clay’s work are related to African art and are his contemporary take on the subject. In “The Lion Hunt”, George A. Zetzer wrote that “Clay’s abstract painting expresses a particular attitude each of us has towards the object. One can see a different attitude in each hunter as they seem to dance around their quarry”. A cross between Native American and African American. “Lion Hunt” was one of his first paintings for sale. Clifton Clay is in his eighties, lives in Cleveland and is still creating art.


​About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

Massillon Museum’s Stark County Artists Exhibition Winners

The Massillon Museum announced the Stark County Artists Exhibition awards at the opening reception for the annual show on Sunday, December 3.
I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins, by Judith Krew was named Best in Show; Clare Murray Adams earned second place with Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags; and Study of Broken Glass #3,photography by Michael Barath placed third.
Judith Huber, Remember Chibok, oil; Gail Keener, In His Own World, acrylic; Ted Lawson, Riding the Bike Lane II, watercolor; Brien Strancar, Dipped and Cut, RGB Series, No. 1, blown glass, tooled, engraved; and Stephen Tornero, Padparadscha, linen, bamboo, earned honorable mentions.
All media were considered by the independent jurors: Elizabeth Carney—Assistant Curator, Akron Art Museum; Steven Mastroianni—Photographer, Cleveland; and Susan Yingling—Artist, Retired Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools. They selected work to be included as well as the awards. The look of the exhibition is different from year to year because of the diversity of the artwork entered and the vision of the jurors, who vary every year.
A total of 77 artists submitted 189 drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more.  From those, the jurors chose 55 pieces of artwork by 40 individuals.
The Stark County Artists Exhibition has been held at the Museum since 1934, beginning as a statewide juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts. By the 1980s, it was refocused to exhibit work by artists living and working in Stark County. To keep the show fresh, artwork submitted for consideration must have been created within the last two years.
“As always, this exhibition is an excellent showcase of the talent here in Stark County,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.  “We enjoy this exhibition because evolves each year. We were thrilled to see so many first-time entrants this year. I think it’s a forecast of some up-and-comers whom we’ll want to watch.”
The exhibition may be seen during regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 through January 21, 2018.
In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition, visitors can attend the opening of the Studio M exhibition, Image to Image: Photography by Walsh University Photojournalism Students in the Museum’s lower level. The second-floor galleries include Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way, East (Ohio 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org for more information.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525
Images:  
Higher resolution available—vogt@sssnet.com
Best in Show:  Judith Krew, I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins
Second Place:  Clare Murray Adams, Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags
Third Place:  Michael Barath, Study of Broken Glass #3, photograph
Also accepted in the exhibition:
Mandy Altimus Stahl
Michael Barath
William Barron
Emily Bartolone
William Bogdan
Heather Bullach
Rosemary Burkhart
Peter Castillo
 Frank Dale
David Dingwell
Bree Ehret
Susan Eitelman
Pamela Glover Wadsworth
Karen Hemsley
Judith Huber
Bruce Humbert
Gail Keener
Judith Krew
Ted Lawson
Khrysso LeFey
Bob Maurer
Clare Murray Adams
Lee Novotny
Jesse Nutter
Mitzi Phillips
Scot Phillips
Mark Pitocco
Michael Reynolds
Patricia Ripple
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Russell Hench
Allison Smith
Alexander Strader
Brien Strancar
Michele Tokos
Stephen Tornero
Tom Wachunas
Michael Weiss
Isabel Zaldivar
Anna Zotta

ArtsinStark Awards $1.1 million in Grants

At its December 13 board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,091, 000 in grants to 28 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “These dollars all come from donors to the Annual Arts Campaign,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan, “and the programs we support reach more than 200,000 people every year.” To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit ArtsinStark.com/Grants. The Operating Grants approved by the board for the seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,058,500. “What these big arts organizations bring to Canton and Stark County is just amazing,” says Duncan Darby, who chaired the Operating Grants Committee. “They not only delight those of us who are lucky enough to live and work here — they attract thousands of visitors who come into Stark County to experience this arts and entertainment explosion.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 129,500 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.

Canton Museum of Art $ 257,000 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.

Canton Symphony $ 328,500 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.

Massillon Museum $ 65,000 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.

Palace Theatre $ 45,000 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.

Players Guild Theatre $ 191,000 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.

Voices of Canton $ 42,500 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

$1,058,500

Special Project Grants go to 21 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $32,740. Alliance Area Preservation Society will present a play on the Abolitionist Movement. The Massillon Public Library will offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children. “Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded more than $1.5 million to over 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every single community in Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. “It is so exciting to see the impact these arts projects are having.” Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Org /Artist City Award New Project
Alliance Area Preservation Society Alliance 985 To present a play on the Abolitionist Movement
Bennett, Jessica & Doug Canton 750 To curate an exhibit of artistic chopsticks with local artists
Bonilla, Lindsay County-wide 750 To bring storytelling programs to the Hispanic community
Camp Buckeye County-wide 3,440 To provide an art and nature camp for women
Canton Fiber Arts Guild Alliance 750 To hold a fiber arts event at a nature center
Child & Adolescent Behav. Health Canton 3,500 To offer Kintsugi pottery classes for a children’s treatment program
Coming Together Stark County Canton 2,000 To present an original musical on American women in history
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. Canton 3,200 To hold a Take Back the Night event focusing on victims and survivors
En-Rich-Ment Canton 2,500 To present garden concerts & parade for Shorb/Summit neighborhood
Goodwill Industries Canton 3,500 To document Goodwill moments through photography of David Dingwell
Joseph, Craig Canton 750 To curate a traveling exhibition, The Odyssey in 3D
Kiko-Cozy, Kris Canton 750 To provide music lessons for emotionally disabled children
Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Soc Louisville 750 To produce a living history tour in downtown Louisville
Malone University County-wide 2,800 To host a children’s book program for future educators
Massillon Public Library Massillon 825 To offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children
Michael Searching Bear County-wide 750 To present Native American history and music programs at libraries
Rossetti, Kristen Canton 750 To produce a theatre production of Russian folktale Stone Soup
Stahl, Bryan Massillon 750 To offer songwriting and performance workshops for teens & adults
The Grace Project Canton 1,740 To sponsor monthly art and wellness retreats with local artists
The Illusion Factory Canton 750 To present The Emperor’s New Clothes to preschoolers
YMCA, Paul & Carol David County-wide 750 To offer art classes to childcare programs with artist Vicki Boatright

32,740

ArtsinStark will be announcing more grant awards in the Spring as part of the work it does in county schools and in using the arts to revitalize our downtowns.

BACKGROUND: ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities. We are a 46 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 www.ArtsinStark.com. Our annual budget is $3 million. What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign. In May 2017 the Campaign raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 12 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

Explore the Abstract Paintings of Ohio Artist Jack McWhorter in “Engraved Fields”

New Solo Exhibit at Canton Museum of Art Features Abstract Paintings from Local Artists

Engraved Fields features new work by Ohio artist, Jack McWhorter. These colorful, abstract paintings imbued with nature, color, and form are on view now through March 4, 2018. This original exhibition was curated by Tom Wachunas.

McWhorter develops his paintings through a thoughtful and intuitive process. He is inspired by the environment and has been known to paint in the woods surrounded by freshly fallen snow. Painting outdoors help MckWhorter bring his colors to life. This is recognizable in his work, as the pieces are striking and there is a light that emanates from within.


My paintings begin with the idea of stratification. On one level, they function as models of connectivity, arrivals, or snapshots of structures and relationships in flux, carrying the evidence of serpentine paths that led to their destination.” Said, Jack McWhorter. “The process is operational, where imagery grows through classical ideas of gesture and touch, and in the way paint is applied.”

Art enthusiasts may detect the influences of twentieth century painter Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Considered part of the Post-Impressionist movement, his unique method of building form with color and his analytical approach to nature is similar to McWhorter’s methods.  


His abstract paintings challenge viewers to develop their own interpretations of the colors and patterns, which is one of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition.
Engraved Fields urges visitors to experience the work in person with an inquisitive and open mind. Viewers may observe closely and freely explore the artwork, allowing personal meanings and emotions to emerge through the abstract colors, forms, and surfaces.

“McWhorter refers to his constructed pictorial sites collectively as ‘engraved fields.’ The reference is an apt one in the sense that his paintings are fields of a kind, articulated with a painterly calligraphy describing poetic singularities.” Said, Tom Wachunas. “Looking at these exuberant paintings is to encounter places where the mysterious, the metaphorical, and the mundane are conflated into elegant coexistence. Welcome to the abstract sublime.”

Jack McWhorter received his Masters of Fine Arts from Kent State University in 1983. He has exhibited artwork in over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions throughout his career. Currently, McWhorter is an Associate Professor of Art at Kent State University Stark Campus.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.For more information, including hours, exhibits, classes, and special events, call 330.453.7666, visit www.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

Music Therapy – Your Personal Healthcare Partner

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Lalene Kay, Director of the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium to our upcoming ConverZations on December 11, 2017 at noon.  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 T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our third ConverZations, Lalene Kay, Director of Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium, will be speaking about her work in music therapy. Music Therapists use music to support healing, learning, movement and memory for many. This will help listeners gain a new knowledge and appreciation of how music can affect us. After the qualified music therapist has assessed the strengths and needs of their client, he or she will then provide the indicated treatment such as creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. With the help of musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client’s lives are strengthened and they will have new abilities.

Larlene Kay is a board- certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists as well as a certified activity consultant through the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. Her workshop and conference presentations include the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Western regional conferences of the American Music Therapy Association. Kay is a music therapy consultant for Fairview Hospital adult day care center and state board member of the Ohio Music Educators Association as the special leaners chair.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org and find each of our ConverZations events on our calendar to learn about our upcoming events.

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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Contact:
Dan Cavalancia
330-452-3434 x610
dcavalancia@cantonsymphony.org

CSO Brings The Snowman to Umstattd Hall

Come enjoy a truly unique holiday experience with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for their 2017 Holiday Pops concert, December 17 at 3:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2331 17 Street NW.  Come enjoy a multimedia experience combining the orchestra with some of everyone’s favorite holiday movies, and after intermission enjoy our ever popular sing along!  The concert is sponsored in part by Gregory Industries, T. K. and Faye A. Heston, Westfield Bank, and Motter & Meadows.

The Snowman is originally a children’s picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978 by in the United Kingdom, and published in the United States later that year.  The book became a family favorite, depicting a magical experience when a child’s just-built snowman comes to life and takes the child on the adventure of a lifetime.  In 1982 this book was turned into a short length feature with full orchestral score, and became an instant hit across the world.

For this year’s Holiday Pops concert, the CSO brings the big screen out to perform the orchestra score of The Snowman with the hit film playing side-by-side.  Audience members will enjoy a live performance of not only The Snowman soundtrack, but also scenes from other holiday hits such as Home Alone, Frozen, and other popular holiday songs.  After the CSO finished up with the big screen, they’ll invite the audience to sing along with all of your favorite holiday songs for an afternoon of cheer and mirth!

Tickets for the concert are $20, $25 and $30 and can be purchased online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094, at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning 90 minutes before the concert. Senior, Student and Group discounts are also available.  For additional information, call the Symphony box office at 330-452-2094.

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.

Christmas Concert at the Roxy

The Alliance Symphony Big Band, under the direction of Bryan Stehura, will present a 90-minute concert of familiar Christmas songs and big-band selections on Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. in Minerva’s Roxy Theatre, 114 N. Market St., benefiting the Minerva Area Historical Society’s roof-replacement project.

This event will be held in conjunction with Minerva’s monthly Discover Downtown celebration, highlighting the art, food, drink, and shopping on North Market Street.

Refreshments will be available before and during intermission.

To sponsor the concert ($100) or purchase tickets ($10) please contact Laurie McClellan, Minerva Area Historical Society treasurer, at 330-323-3692. Tickets are also available at the historical society’s Haas Museum on Wednesday afternoons and second Fridays and at the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones, The Hart Mansion Restaurant, and Sandy Springs Brewing Company during their regular business hours.

The historical society recommends purchasing tickets prior to the event, but any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the night of the concert.

Profits from the concert will benefit the Minerva Area Historical Society, a 501 (c)(3), for replacing the roof on the Haas Museum. The Haas Museum will be open prior to the concert, and visitors are welcome to stop in to share in Minerva’s rich history.

The Minerva Area Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Membership in the historical society is open to the public and meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, except for the month of December. We encourage you to join the organization and to enjoy the informative programs presented at each meeting.

Deadline fast approaching for Music Educator of the Year Award nominations!

The December 15 deadline for submitting nominations for the second annual Music Educator of the Year Award is quickly approaching!  The award will be presented by Canton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the March 3, 2018 MasterWorks concert.
Nominees must be licensed Music Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible.  The honored Music Educator will receive a $500 award to be used at their discretion.  Educators who were nominated last year may be nominated again and anyone in the community may submit a nomination.
Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari at tom.piccari@email.sparcc.org), on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website (www.cantonsymphony.org/music-educator-year) and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Nominations must be returned to the Canton Symphony Orchestra by December 15, 2017.
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, 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.