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Canton Symphony Orchestra Starts its MasterWorks Series

The Canton Symphony Orchestra opens its classical MasterWorks Series with a concert full of audience favorites, with former concertmaster Lauren Roth returning to make the evening even more special.  The CSO starts the classical part of its season on October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Mark & Beverly Belgya and Larry & Nancy Hoover.

Lauren Roth is concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was named Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to these positions, she was concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. In May 2013, Ms. Roth earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, and she was accepted into his prestigious Concertmaster Academy.  She was a member of the Cleveland Pops orchestra and a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Ms. Roth has appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Northwest, Thalia Symphony, Canton Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. In 2013 she attended the Tanglewood Music Center and received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize.  An avid teacher and chamber musician, Ms. Roth was an adjunct faculty member at Holy Names Academy in Seattle and has served on the faculty of Icicle Creek Music Center and the International Lyric Academy in Italy.  She enjoys spending the summer in Prague, Czech Republic and Bellingham, WA where she is a faculty member at the Prague Summer Nights Festival and the Marrowstone Music Festival respectively. Ms. Roth has performed at the San Juan Island Chamber Music series, Lexington Bach festival, Mainly Mozart festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society and Tanglewood Music Center and has collaborated and performed with renowned artists including Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Ron Patterson, William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, André Watts and Lynn Harrell.

The evening starts with the captivating Second Essay by American composer Samuel Barber, and then Lauren Roth joins the orchestra on stage for Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3.  After the intermission, the CSO will perform two of Respighi’s tone poems meant to show off the splendor of Rome – Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.  Both pieces call for large orchestral forces, and will show off the power of the CSO and how colorful orchestral writing can truly be.  The audience will enjoy a musical adventure through many famous spots in Rome, as told through the music of Respighi.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 14, 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.

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.