Orchestra set to celebrate its 75th Anniversary Season
In a season themed “Celebrations”, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will honor its past, rejoice in the present and welcome the new as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season. The orchestra will celebrate this occasion throughout its season with special events and concerts anchored by its MasterWorks classical series.
The MasterWorks Series kicks off on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 7:30pm in what will be the newly renovated Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. As Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann has done for so many years, the concert will open with a piece written by an American composer. This season’s choice is John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances. Concertmaster Lauren Roth will then take the spotlight to perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Violin Concerto in A minor.
On Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:30pm the orchestra will be joined by vocal soloists, Christine Brandes and Lucille Beer as well as the Canton Symphony Chorus, Malone University Chorale, University of Mount Union Concert Choir, Walsh University Chamber Choir, and Wooster Chorus (of The College of Wooster). They will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in c minor (“Resurrection”) in its entirety.
The audience members have control over the program for the next concert on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:30pm. Season subscribers are voting on their choice of program from selections Maestro Zimmermann has offered. The program will include a piano concerto performed with guest artist Sara Davis Beuchner, as well as a symphony and an overture. Exact programming will be announced when the tallying of the votes is complete.
André Watts returns to Canton on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:00pm to begin a three-year concert residency with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. The program consists of pieces written by French composers. Mr. Watts will be performing César Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor. Also on this program are Claude Debussy’s Printemps and Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite).
The concert on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8:00pm will mark the exact date of the first performance given by the Canton Symphony Orchestra in 1938. The program for the 2013 concert will be no different from the one performed that first season. It will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (Surprise Symphony) and Scheherazade Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
“Welcoming the New” will be celebrated on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:00pm. The orchestra will have the honor of presenting the world premiere of a piece titled Canti Guerrieri ed Amorosi (Songs of Love and War) by American composer, Claude Baker. Also on this program is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in d minor and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3.
The MasterWorks Series ends on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8:00pm with the commemoration of two other historic events. First, the Orchestra, guest soprano Amy Yekel and narrator Thomson Smillie, mark what would be the 200thbirthday of Richard Wagner with performances of several of his works: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre, and Brunnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung. The concert concludes with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Subscription ticket prices for the 2012-2013 MasterWorks series (7 concerts) are $130, $160 and $210 and are available now.
Season tickets for seniors and students are available for $105.
Subscription benefits include discounted single tickets, no wait at the box office, reserved seating for the entire season, ticket exchange within the series and a free child subscription (one per household).
Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased online at www.cantonsymphony.org; by calling the box office at (330)452-2094; or in person at the Canton Symphony’s administrative offices located in the Cultural Center of the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Single tickets will go on sale beginning September 4, 2012.
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 17thStreet NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visitwww.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio, 44702.