The Canton Symphony Orchestra Presents Its Casual Series Season Finale, 5/1-2
The Canton Symphony Orchestra closes out its Casual Series season with two performances on May 1-2. Under the direction of Rachel Waddell, the CSO's Chamber Orchestra will perform Divertimenti in D Major (Mozart), Serenade for Strings (Elgar), Five Hebrew Love Songs (Whitacre), and Magnificat (Vivaldi). The Canton Symphony Chorus, directed by Dr. Britt Cooper, will join the orchestra for the Vivaldi and Whitacre pieces and will perform Song for Athene (Tavener) without the orchestra.
"The beauty of doing a smaller chamber concert, like this one, is that it offers something for everyone," commented Waddell. "This is a diverse program of pieces that span over two centuries. It takes a simple concept, choir and strings, and shows the expansive colors and nuances available within that. It is also a pleasure to collaborate with the Canton Symphony Chorus on this concert each Spring," she continued. "The level of dedication and talent of our all-volunteer choir is truly remarkable and will be well-balanced by our smaller string ensemble."
The Casual concerts are Thursday, May 1 at 1p and Friday, May 2 at 7p, sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, in the Cable Recital Hall (inside the Cultural Center for the Arts on Market Ave North). The Casual Series offers a musically intimate setting. Typically only a one hour concert, the audience is up-close and personal with the musicians who provide background to many of the pieces they play. A reception with the musicians will be held after each concert.
"The chorus is always excited to collaborate with the orchestra," stated Cooper. "This will mark the fourth time that it has occurred this season alone. This program balances traditional classical offerings with some very new music and we are looking forward to sharing this varied repertoire on our final performances of the season."
The Casual Series concerts are an affordable $15 for adults or $10 for seniors/students. Tickets are available online at www.CantonSymphony.org, by calling330-452-2094, at the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts (weekdays 10am-2pm), or by walk-up before the concert. Group discounts are also available. Dress is casual and concerts are appropriate for ages 8 and older.
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). Parking at McKinley High School is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.