Canton Symphony Orchestra Debuts ConverZations Lecture Series, 9/8

Canton Symphony Orchestra Debuts ConverZations Lecture Series, 9/8

The Canton Symphony Orchestra's free lecture series, ConverZations, premieres at noon on September 8th, 2014. ConverZations are public discussions with members of the CSO community on topics relating to music and the orchestra. The series continues at noon on the second Monday of every month from October 2014 to May 2015 in the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW-Canton.

Rachel Waddell, Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra since 2012, will provide the first lecture, titled "Know the Score." Ms. Waddell will discuss notable historical events in music history, and how these events enhance musical understanding. As Assistant Conductor for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Waddell has a keen interest in the history of classical music. "The job of the conductor is to begin with the composer," Waddell says. "Art is informed by culture. By understanding the time period in which a composer lived, people can appreciate why a composer made certain artistic decisions."

The ConverZations are interactive events and will feature a brief question and answer session with the presenter. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit

Ms. Waddell is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She will conduct the Canton Symphony Orchestra on November 23rd 2014 for the MasterWorks concert,Remembrance. She also works as Music Director and Conductor of the Canton Youth Symphony and was recently appointed Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras at Oberlin Conservatory.

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 visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.