The Canton Symphony Orchestra announces its 2019-2020 season

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Support for WYSU is provided by The Canton Symphony Orchestra.

The fall of 2019 marks the beginning of the 82nd season for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  For its 2019-2020 season, there will be a vast array of choices to please every audience member.  For much of their season, the Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes local soloists to their stage, pulling from excellent musicians across Northeast Ohio.  They also have special guests from afar, with a Cleveland International Piano Competition Young Artists winner and a Grammy Award winning German violinist.  They look forward to seeing you during the 2019-2020 season of the Canton Symphony Orchestra!

  • October 12, 2019 – The season starts with the 2018 Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists winner, Eva Gevorgyan, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto.  They also start off every season with a work by an American composer, and this year opens with Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral.
  • November 9, 2019 – Enjoy music that tells stories from across time, starting with Mozart and ending with 20th Century composers Barber and Copland, while featuring Concertmaster Cristian Zimmerman and soprano Hilerie Klein-Rensi (last seen in Canton as part of the jazz trio in Trouble in Tahiti) as soloists.
  • January 25, 2020 – Who doesn’t love the combination of organ and the orchestra?  For this concert, the CSO gives the audience a whole evening of it!  Local organist Heather Cooper joins the CSO to perform several works that combine the orchestra and organ, including some arranged by Maestro Zimmermann!
  • February 16, 2020 – The Canton Youth Symphony shares the stage with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for a side-by-side concert, and the combined orchestras perform under the batons of Maestro Zimmermann and Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz.
  • March 21, 2020 – This year the Canton Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with Akron’s Tuesday Musical to bring World-renowned German violinist Augustin Hadelich to Umstattd Hall’s stage.  He performs Tchaikovsky’s emotionally charged Violin Concerto, and Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz takes the stage to conduct a piece by his favorite composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • April 4, 2020 – Being a female composer in the 1800s often meant very little recognition for your work, especially when you’re also married to a prominent composer of the time.  This concert shows off the quiet genius of Clara Schumann, along with works by her husband and compositional partner Robert Schumann, and their well-known student, Johannes Brahms.
  • April 25, 2020 – No season is complete without a concert featuring the CSO Chorus!  This year the chorus takes the stage for choral works by Brahms and Dvořák, while the orchestra charms the audience with selections from operatic works by Wagner and Verdi.

As always, the CSO has a series of Pops concerts on the schedule as well.  This year, they are using this series to explore the local music in Northeast Ohio, bringing well known bands in the area to collaborate with the orchestra on stage. 

  • September 28, 2019 – Kent-based band and favorite among our symphony-goers The Speedbumps join the stage with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for a fourth time!  Come hear some of your favorite songs from The Speedbumps and maybe some new ones as well.
  • December 8, 2019 – The CSO's family-friendly Holiday pops show is always a highlight in the holiday festivities around Canton, Ohio.  Don’t miss out on a chance to sing along to your favorite holiday tunes with the CSO.
  • February 29, 2020 – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The CSO's partners in Rock ‘N Roll, Jeans ‘N Classics, will return with The Music of Queen! This high energy rock concert was a huge hit back in 2016 so they’re bringing it back!
  • May 2, 2020 – Angie Haze, whose Angie Haze Project is taking Akron by storm, joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra for a multi-media event of her music blended with full orchestral accompaniment to create an unforgettable evening.
  • June 11, 2020 – The CSO's new Divergent Sounds Series has become so popular, they want to bring back some of the favorites of this past season and pair them with the full orchestra!  They are bringing back Gretchen Pleuss, Madison Cummins, The Labra Brothers, and Ohio Weather Band to perform with the full orchestra.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert MasterWorks series are $135-$215.  The CSO also offers Choose Four, Five, or Six package which allows patrons to choose 4, 5, or 6 of the seven MasterWorks concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber.  Smaller packages start at just $90.  The CSO offers Pops subscription tickets for the 5 concerts as well, with ticket packages from $100-$150.  This year there is also a NEW Flex package offering!   Patrons can choose 4 or more of any MasterWorks or Pops concert of their choosing, and save 20% off of adult priced tickets for every ticket they pick. 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.