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Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of the baroque style master J.S Bach, as well as the late romantic era genius Gustav Mahler.  This thrilling evening takes place on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of A CSO trustee, Fresh Mark, and Glenn and Joy E. Silverhart.

The first half of the concert will feature both a current and a former violinist of the CSO performing Bach’s
Double Violin Concerto.  Vivek Jayaraman returns to the CSO and is joined by principal second violinist Solomon Liang to show off this delightful chamber orchestra piece.  The second half of the piece features Mahler’s fifth symphony, often categorized as one of his most accessible symphonies to audiences.  It is a powerful work taking the listener through an entire world of emotions, starting with a funeral march, and ending the final movement in joyful exuberance and cheer.

Vivek is a respected violinist who served as Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Vivek recently performed Bartok’s
Contrasts alongside Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist, Jason Shafer and renowned concert pianist, Yefim Bronfman. His performance gained praise from South Florida Classical Review for its “admirable restraint” and “blazing virtuosity.” Vivek received a Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Solomon Liang, who is originally from Irvine, California, is the principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony and also performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony. Solomon has served in the Quartet in Residence at Banff International String Quartet Competition, and faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. In 2014, Solomon was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Liang received his Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach, and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.


Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 27, 2018 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 80
thanniversary 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.

Albacete to Present “Getting Inside Mahler’s Head”

The guest presenter for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next ConverZations discussion on January 8 at noon will be M.J. Albacete, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art.  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.

After a four-decade career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired in 2014 as Executive Director Emeritus.  For many years a member of the Ohio Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, his lectures on art, music, and other topics number in the hundreds.  He served for a time as reviewer of Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts for The Repository, and a contributor to Fanfare Magazine.  At least once each season, he is on call to present a pre-concert lecture for the CSO, and has already made several appearances on the ConverZations series.  For the CSO’s recent “Music Takes Shape” education outreach program reaching almost 3,000 area students, M.J. designed a unique geometric construction project.  An Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus, M.J. teaches a course on the history of architecture.

For the January 8 ConverZations, Albacete will explore the music of Gustav Mahler, most specifically his first five symphonies.  As with many composers, Mahler did not necessarily enjoy the fame and respect he does now while he was alive and writing music.  Much of his work went unnoticed during his lifetime, only to be discovered and revered later on.  Albacete will take the audience on a journey through Mahler’s early symphonies showing his growth in fame after their “rediscovery.”

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

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.

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.

Blind Spot Comes to the CSO

The Canton Symphony Orchestra kicks off its ConverZations series with a special event thanks to a generous partnership with the Massillon Museum.  Join us on September 19th, 2017 at 6:15pm for a fascinating new take on art installations!  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 Arts in Stark, Massillon Museum, Ohio Arts Council, and Stark Community Foundation, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our first ConverZations, the popular Massillon Museum exhibit, Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, comes to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  The original installation at the Massillon Museum consisted of ten abstract paintings adapted through several different media to help museum attendees experience the artworks through multiple senses.  Braille, large-type labels, and small scale aluminum tactile models were created to help patrons with blindness or low vision experience the art, as well as give sighted patrons new ways to experience visual art.  Three of the paintings were selected by three members of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship program who wrote musical compositions representing the artworks.  These compositions were performed at the opening of the exhibit, and will be performed again at our event on September 19th.

The three paintings picked by composers from the Cleveland Institute of Music will travel to the Zimmermann Symphony Center and stay in The Hoover Gallery from September 19ththrough October 13th.  For opening night on September 19th, there will be a cocktail hour starting at 6:15pm, with light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a chance to view the paintings.  The evening continues with a panel discussion at 7pm, along with performances of the three musical compositions by Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians.  The art exhibit will be open to the public for viewing during theCSO administrative offices business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

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

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.

The CSO announces its 2017-2018 season

This year marks the beginning of the 80th season for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  For our 2017-2018 season, we plan to bring concerts full of color and life to the audience.  This season brings back favorite guests of seasons past, and features some of our own musicians soloing with the orchestra.  Some concerts include favorite standards in the classical repertoire, and others expose concert-goers to new music or lesser-known masterpieces for the orchestra.  We hope to see you at our concerts, and maybe even become a subscriber to the Canton Symphony Orchestra!

For opening night, October 14, 2017, the orchestra is joined by the former concertmaster Lauren Roth, performing the Third Violin Concerto by Saint-Saëns.  The night continues on the Second Essay by famed American composer Samuel Barber.  For the rest of the evening, the orchestra takes the audience around Rome in musical form, with two of Ottorino Respighi’s masterpieces, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

November 4, 2017 promises to be a night full of Russian beauty with a concert full of works by Tchaikovsky.  Special Guest Norman Krieger returns to the Canton Symphony Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.  The evening continues with the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, and closes with the powerful majesty of his Fourth Symphony.

Concert-goers receive a very special treat on December 3, 2017 with another performance of Eric Benjamin’s Sercret Gift.  The piece is a musical collaboration with the book of the same title, depicting Canton, Ohio during the depression, and includes chorus and narration.  For the other half of the concert, the CSO picks an audience favorite, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

For the fourth concert of the season, the CSO shows off the genius of German master composers Bach and Mahler.  The January 27, 2018 concert starts with our Concertmaster Vivek Jayaraman and Principal Second Violin Solomon Liang teaming up for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.  The second half of the concert features the whole orchestra with the massive world-encompassing 5thSymphony by Gustav Mahler.

The CSO’s fifth concert on March 3, 2018, promises to be a night of exciting, lighter chamber music.  The concert starts with a relatively new composition, Snakebite, by Stephen Montague.  The piece is for a smaller orchestra, but full of fast paced motion and excitement.  The Principal Clarinet of the CSO, Randy Klein, then leads the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet concerto.  Ending the concert is Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

On March 25, audience members take a trip through many different genres of orchestral music, from classical to contemporary.  Julia Bruskin joins the CSO again for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major.  The orchestra then journeys through Italy with Rossini’s overture to his opera La scala di seta, and Germany for Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.  The concert ends with selected dances for Ginastera’s ballet Estancia.

The final concert of the season promises to be a grand event.  To start the concert, some of the CSO wind players take the stage for Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds.  On the second half, the Canton Symphony Chorus joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra with specials guest Neos Dance Theatre for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

As always, the CSO has a series of Pops concerts on the schedule as well.  The audience favorite Jeans and Classics returns for more performances with the CSO this year, with shows featuring the music of the Eagles on September 28, 2017 and Led Zepplin on April 5, 2018.  The CSO also has their popular Holiday concert planned for December 17, 2017.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert series are $135-$215.  The CSO also offers Choose Four, Five, or Six package which allows patrons to choose 4, 5, or6 of the seven concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber.  Choose Four packages are $90-$165, Choose Five $110-$185, and Choose Six $125-$205.  The CSO offers Pops subscription tickets for the 3 concerts as well, with ticket packages from $50-$80.  Subscription tickets and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available at www.cantonsymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094, or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

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, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium). For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.

Listen at the Library: Musical Storytelling w/ the CSO

A Collaboration with the Stark County District Library

The Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library present Listen at the Library, a series of interactive performances by musicians from the Canton Symphony. Meet the performers, learn about the instruments they play, and enjoy classical music in a relaxed setting at your local library branch! All Listen @ the Library programs are FREE and open to the public.

Musical Storytelling for Children
A part of the Listen @ the Library program presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library, Musical Storytelling for Children presents illustrated children’s literature set to a backdrop of live music. Children can experience how music and literature fit together while observing these special performances.

Monday, March 6
10:00am – East Canton Branch
11:30am – DeHoff Memorial Branch

Tuesday, March 7
10:00am – Jackson Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

Thursday, March 9
10:00am – Main Library
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Sunday, March 12
2:00pm – Main Library
3:30pm – Perry Sippo Branch

Tuesday, March 14
10:00am – Madge Youtz Branch
11:30am – North Branch

Wednesday, March 15
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch

details:
http://cantonsymphony.org/education/listen-at-the-library

Listen at the Library: Musical Storytelling w/ the CSO

A Collaboration with the Stark County District Library

The Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library present Listen at the Library, a series of interactive performances by musicians from the Canton Symphony. Meet the performers, learn about the instruments they play, and enjoy classical music in a relaxed setting at your local library branch! All Listen @ the Library programs are FREE and open to the public.

Musical Storytelling for Children
A part of the Listen @ the Library program presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library, Musical Storytelling for Children presents illustrated children’s literature set to a backdrop of live music. Children can experience how music and literature fit together while observing these special performances.

Monday, March 6
10:00am – East Canton Branch
11:30am – DeHoff Memorial Branch

Tuesday, March 7
10:00am – Jackson Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

Thursday, March 9
10:00am – Main Library
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Sunday, March 12
2:00pm – Main Library
3:30pm – Perry Sippo Branch

Tuesday, March 14
10:00am – Madge Youtz Branch
11:30am – North Branch

Wednesday, March 15
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch

details:
http://cantonsymphony.org/education/listen-at-the-library

Listen at the Library: Musical Storytelling w/ the CSO

A Collaboration with the Stark County District Library

The Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library present Listen at the Library, a series of interactive performances by musicians from the Canton Symphony. Meet the performers, learn about the instruments they play, and enjoy classical music in a relaxed setting at your local library branch! All Listen @ the Library programs are FREE and open to the public.

Musical Storytelling for Children
A part of the Listen @ the Library program presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library, Musical Storytelling for Children presents illustrated children’s literature set to a backdrop of live music. Children can experience how music and literature fit together while observing these special performances.

Monday, March 6
10:00am – East Canton Branch
11:30am – DeHoff Memorial Branch

Tuesday, March 7
10:00am – Jackson Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

Thursday, March 9
10:00am – Main Library
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Sunday, March 12
2:00pm – Main Library
3:30pm – Perry Sippo Branch

Tuesday, March 14
10:00am – Madge Youtz Branch
11:30am – North Branch

Wednesday, March 15
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch

details:
http://cantonsymphony.org/education/listen-at-the-library

Listen at the Library: Musical Storytelling w/ the CSO

A Collaboration with the Stark County District Library

The Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library present Listen at the Library, a series of interactive performances by musicians from the Canton Symphony. Meet the performers, learn about the instruments they play, and enjoy classical music in a relaxed setting at your local library branch! All Listen @ the Library programs are FREE and open to the public.

Musical Storytelling for Children
A part of the Listen @ the Library program presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Stark County District Library, Musical Storytelling for Children presents illustrated children’s literature set to a backdrop of live music. Children can experience how music and literature fit together while observing these special performances.

Monday, March 6
10:00am – East Canton Branch
11:30am – DeHoff Memorial Branch

Tuesday, March 7
10:00am – Jackson Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

Thursday, March 9
10:00am – Main Library
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Sunday, March 12
2:00pm – Main Library
3:30pm – Perry Sippo Branch

Tuesday, March 14
10:00am – Madge Youtz Branch
11:30am – North Branch

Wednesday, March 15
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch

details:
http://cantonsymphony.org/education/listen-at-the-library