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SymphonyLand Series Begins its Eighth Year

After eight years bringing music to children ages 3 to 6 years, the SymphonyLand Series is going strong!  Presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and sponsored in part by The Hoover Foundation, Arts in Stark, and T. Raymond Gregory, SymphonyLand trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format created specifically to engage young listeners.  The series begins with the string trio on Wednesday January 10 and Saturday January 13 at 10am and 11am each day in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW, Canton).

As in the past, each trio performance incorporates an age-appropriate story book along with educational components in music, reading and social studies.  This year, the trios will be utilizing books from Barefoot Books.  The string trio begins the series on January 10 and 13 with I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur.  On February 7 and 10, the woodwind trio will perform along with the book Elusive Moose and the brass trio performances on March 7 and 10 will feature Hidden Hippo.   The SymphonyLand trio performances are offered at 10:00 and 11:00am each day.
All of the SymphonyLand instrument families come together on April 25 and 26 at 9:45 and 10:45am for the Kinder Concert which features the full orchestra.  The program, conducted by Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, features a new collaboration between the CSO and Stark Parks.  For this Kinder Concert, Stark Parks will bring in members of their personnel with some of their Ohio-native live animals.  The Kinder Concert is held at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts.

All of the SymphonyLand and Kinder Concert programs are open to the public as well as school groups.  Admission is free due to support provided by our generous sponsors listed above.   Reservations for all attendees are required, and can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.orgor by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094 weekdays 9am – 5pm.  Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.

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.

Free CSO Concert at Petros Lake Park!

This summer Stark County residents have been enjoying performances by ensembles from the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in several Stark Parks.  The series, known as Summer Serenades in the Park, a partnership between the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Stark County Park District (SCPD) will conclude with a FREE full orchestra concert on September 4 at 7:30pm at Petros Lake Park (3519 Perry Drive SW, Canton).

Since June small ensembles from the CSO have performed in five of Stark Parks’ locations.  “We had a lot of success last year with the Summer Serenades and wanted to continue that this year,” notes Amanda Perry, Programmer for SCPD, “We love seeing people experiencing new things in the parks.”  The series is sponsored in part by Dominion, The Henry & Louise Timken Foundation, and Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust.

The concert, set up in the amphitheater area of Petros Lake Park, will include music from popular films including Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, favorite classics by Dvořák and Korngold,  patriotic marches, and more.  Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the CSO will conduct the orchestra.

To further enhance the experience, pre-concert activities will begin at 6:00pm.  The Park District will provide life-size board games and a play area for children. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets and are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy during the concert.  Wine will be permitted for consumption within the amphitheater area. “This is a relaxed, casual, family-friendly event,” says Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra, “we want everyone to enjoy being together in the park while listening to the music.”

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). Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visitwww.CantonSymphony.org.