Canton Symphony Chorus Presents 'Holocaust Cantana' Concert Tonight

The Canton Symphony Chorus will present a "Holocaust Cantata" concert on Friday March 4 at 7:00pm at Christ Presbyterian Church (530 West Tuscarawas Street, Canton). The 70-member Canton Symphony Chorus is under the direction of Dr. Britt Cooper, Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Walsh University.

The program for the concert includes music based on Polish songs sung in concentration camps. The primary motivation for the concert came from the recent Syrian refugee crises. "Our hope is that these refugees, oppressed in modern times, can find comfort through song much as Jews did during the Holocaust," Cooper explains. The pieces were discovered in the archives of the Holocaust museum in Washington by the composer. They are inspired by folk music, and while translated into English, keep that flavor. Canton Symphony Orchestra cellist, Paul Miahky and baritone Michael Roemer will be featured on several of the pieces.

Tickets for the concert are $10 per person and are available online atwww.cantonsymphony.org, by phone 330-452-2094 (weekdays 9:00am - 5:00pm) or at the door beginning 1 hour before concert time the day of the performance. All seating for this performance is general admission.

The Canton Symphony Chorus was founded in 1984 as a volunteer adult ensemble. The chorus has performed major choral works with CSO Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann and the orchestra on MasterWorks concerts and also performs regularly on the Holiday Pops concert. The Chorus rehearses weekly from September through April at the Birk Center for the Arts at Walsh University. Additional information is available online atwww.cantonsymphony.org/people/chorus-auditions.

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 17th Street 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 the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 1



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