Canton Symphony Orchestra to Close Season with Canton Symphony Chorus, 4/23

By: Apr. 10, 2016
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CANTON, OHIO (Apirl 8, 2016) - The Canton Symphony Orchestra will close out its MasterWorks season by featuring the Canton Symphony Chorus and Walsh University Chamber Singers on April 23 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center. Associate Conductor Rachel L. Waddell and Director of Chorus Britt Cooper will conduct.

Opening the program is Von Weber's Overture to Oberon. Von Weber is considered to have been very influential in the development of the opera overture as an orchestral synopsis of the story. The choruses will combine with the orchestra on two pieces - Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. Morten Lauridsen has become one of the most frequently performed American choral composers. His Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) refers to light and its power to transform the darkness of grief and sorrow into peace. Borodin's Polovtsian Dances is taken from a scene in the opera Prince Igorwhere the main character is captured by a Mongol tribe whose servants entertain Prince Igor and their leader, the Khan.

Also included on the program is the Ohio Premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' Dreamtime Ancestors. Theofanidis is an American composer who has had performances with many orchestras around the world. He holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston. He has received many awards for his works including the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, six ASCAP Gould Prizes and the American Academy of Arts and Letter's Charles Ives Fellowship. He describes Dreamtime Ancestors as being "based on the Australian aboriginal creation myths connected to 'dreamtime,' where each of us is connected to each other through our 'dreamtime ancestors' in the past, present, and future."

Tickets for the concert range from $25-$45. There are senior, student and group discounts available. Tickets and the full concert season schedule are available at, by calling (330) 452-2094, at the Zimmermann Symphony Center - 2331 17th Street NW in Canton - weekdays from 10am-2pm or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit


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