Summer Serenades in the Park Return!

The popular program that combines the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park with the orchestrated sounds of musicians is returning this summer.  Serenades in the Park is a free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind, and string ensembles performing all over Stark County.  Everyone is invited to bring your favorite picnic food, games, and blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in partnership with the Stark County Park District (SCPD) will present the 5-concert series June to August.  The series is sponsored in part by the Dominion Foundation.

The series consists of one hour performances taking place each month in June, July and August and features a different small ensemble of CSO musicians in a casual program of light classics, pops, patriotic, jazz and/or folk repertoire.   Pre-concert activities before the performances coordinated by CSO and SCPD staff will enable audience members to experience live animals, crafts, building musical instruments out of recycled materials and instrument petting zoo.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to the repeat collaboration.  “We are building on the strength of the program from last year,” reflects Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Engagement. “We had great audiences and feedback and are looking forward to seeing more new faces this year!”  Likewise, the Stark County Park District sees many benefits to the program. “The series will offer carefree moments and quality time with family and friends in familiar and undiscovered parks in our community,” says Jared Shive, SCPD Marketing Specialist.  “We recommend putting them together and enjoying the arts in the parks this summer”.

The schedule of the performances is:
June 7, 2016      6:30pm     Exploration Gateway         Brass Quintet             
Live animal display beginning at 5:30 (in case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors)

June 23, 2016    6:30pm     Magnolia Flouring Mills    String Quartet            
Mill tours, instrument petting zoo, instrument building beginning at 5:30

July 12, 2016     6:30pm     Quail Hollow Park               String Quartet            
Instrument petting zoo in the Nature Center and House beginning at 5:30

July 28, 2016     6:30pm     Cook’s Lagoon                   Woodwind Quintet 
Farmers Market from 3:00-6:00pm

August 11, 201  6:30pm     Minerva Municipal Park    Brass Quintet             
Live animal display and instrument building beginning at 5:30

The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation.  Stark Parks offers more than 14 parks and 100 miles of hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails and four lakes for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. More information is available at StarkParks.com.

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 at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (adjacent to McKinley High School). For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.