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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.

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.

A True Story on the CSO Stage

The Canton Symphony Orchestra brings back two audience favorites for their next MasterWorks concert, “Gifts of Fate”.  This program features the moving true story of Canton, Ohio during the great depression with The Secret Gift, a piece based on the book by Ted Gup and brought to life by local composer, Eric Benjamin.  This thrilling evening takes place on December 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Brad and Suzan Goris.

A Secret Gift, written by Ted Gup, takes readers through an uplifting and captivating story based in our own Canton, Ohio. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother’s attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in The Canton Repository in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. Gup traveled coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.

Local composer Eric Benjamin read the book, and after a discussion with CSO’s President Michelle Mullaly, thought the story perfect for the orchestral stage.  Benjamin came up with not only music for the story, but a whole staged production to highlight some of the most touching stories in the book.  For this performance of The Secret Gift, the CSO is also enlisting the help of local Renaissance man Craig Joseph, who has put together a cast of local actors to fill the stage with Canton talent.

After what will be a memorable performance of this Canton story, the CSO performs one of the most recognized pieces in classical literature, Beethoven’s fifth symphony.  Those famous four notes are reportedly fate knocking at Beethoven’s door, telling him his growing deafness would take away his ability to pursue his passions.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on December 3, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online atwww.cantonsymphony.org <https://cantonsymphony.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=65e7c2b0169cc8035c7b062e9&id=78db82c107&e=7bb008738b> , 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.

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.

Nominations Sought for Music Educator of the Year Award

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is accepting nominations for the second annual Music Educator of the Year Award.  The award will be presented by CSO Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the March 3, 2018 MasterWorks concert.
The award process was developed by the Education Committee of the CSO Board of Trustees after studying similar awards conferred by other orchestras and with input from respected music educators in the region.  “The response to our giving the first award last year was amazing,” notes Gail Martino, Chair of the CSO’s Education Committee.  “We were inspired by the nominations we received and hope to continue that momentum in years to come.”  The purpose of the annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education.
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 be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration.
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) 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.

CSO Announces New Assistant Conductor

Canton Symphony Orchestra appoints

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz as Assistant Conductor

http://artsinstarkblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/MJJ-Headshot-144x144.jpeg 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz has been named Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  With this position, he becomes the Director of the Canton Youth Symphonies, and takes on the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s various educational concerts and pops series.

Matthew comes to the Canton Symphony Orchestra from New York City, NY, where he is conductor and Artistic Director of Apotheosis Opera.  Currently in its fourth season, Apotheosis Opera has scheduled Richard Strauss’ Capriccio for its summer opera experience.  Some of Matthew’s other conducting experiences in New York and New England include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Mannes Opera, and Wakefield Choral Society.  Other positions held by Matthew include accompanying The Charles River Chorale and Children’s Choir, and choir director and organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Holliston, MA.

Matthew earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, NY, and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brown University in Providence, RI.  His primary teachers include David Hayes, Vittorio Parisi, Johnathan Schiffman, and James Fellenbaum.

Under Mr. Jaroszewicz’s direction, the Canton Youth Symphonies will perform 3 concerts during the 2017-2018 season.  The Canton Youth Symphonies, now three orchestras strong, give young musicians of all ages the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a full orchestra.  Auditions for this year’s Canton Youth Symphonies will be held at the end of August, dates are still pending.    Students interested in auditioning should call Irene Barker, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 330-452-3434 ext. 604 to reserve an audition time.

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

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 www.cantonsymphony.org/Inplace2017

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.

A CSO Benefit Concert with Jim Brickman!

Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
Jim Brickman, piano
Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Zimmermann Symphony Center – The ‘Z’ / Umstattd Hall
Tickets: $60 | $45 | $35 | $20
Special VIP event: $25 additional

For one very special night, Jim Brickman will return to Canton for a benefit performance with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. This 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.

The concert will feature many of Brickman’s famous works including Hero’s Dream, The Gift, Night Rain, Barcelona, and many more!

Details & tickets: http://cantonsymphony.org/JimBrickman

Special VIP Event
Includes a pre-concert party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a meet & greet with Mr. Brickman. Begins at 6:00pm in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center.
Tickets: $25 per person

A CSO Benefit Concert with Jim Brickman!

For one very special night, Jim Brickman will return to Canton for a benefit performance with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. This 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.

The concert will feature many of Brickman’s famous works including Hero’s Dream, The Gift, Night Rain, Barcelona, and many more!

Details: http://cantonsymphony.org/JimBrickman

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 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 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.