Downtown Classics series brings symphony to new audiences

After an overwhelmingly positive response to the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Rock the 5th Pub Crawl in March of 2015, the CSO is launching a full new series of events in Canton’s Downtown bars, restaurants and galleries for 2016. Downtown Classics lets patrons enjoy performances from small ensembles of Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians in the laid back casual atmosphere of their favorite hot spot. It’s a combination of classic venues, classic food and classic music! The series is funded in part by a grant from Arts in Stark and the Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

“Everyone who attended the pub crawl last year asked us to do it again,” remarks Barb Mucci, Director of Development for the CSO. “They loved having our musicians performing while they enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere of great downtown Canton venues. We are thrilled to be returning in 2016.”

The schedule for the performances is:
• January 28, 2016 at 7pm at George’s Lounge (229 Cleveland Ave. NW)
• February 18, 2016 at 7pm at Canton Brewing Company (120 3rd Street NW)
• March 10, 2016 at 7pm at Cork & Canvas (322 3rd Street NW)

Each venue will offer “Symphony Specials” on food, drinks and/or merchandise during the performance. Seating is first come first served. There is no cover charge. Each performance will showcase different musicians and repertoire tailored to fit the venue.

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