Dr. Britt Cooper to Lead CSO's ConverZations Discussion, 4/13

CANTON, OHIO (April 1, 2015) - Dr. Britt Cooper, Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Walsh University will lead the April 13 ConverZations discussion at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton. ConverZations are FREE public discussions featuring a variety of musicians and music-lovers alike. The series, sponsored by T. K. and Faye A. Heston and Ohio Humanities, takes place at noon on the second Monday of every month from September 2014 to May 2015.

As part of the Canton Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven Festival, the topic for April's ConverZation is "The Non-Symphonic Beethoven". Dr. Cooper will discuss some of the composer's fascinating chamber music including solo piano works, string quartets, and music for solo voice. The program will also reflect on how Beethoven's personality is revealed in the pieces.

Dr. Cooper holds a Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. At Walsh University, he directs two university choral ensembles: the Walsh University Chorale and the Walsh Chamber Singers, an auditioned touring ensemble. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and won Second Place in the National Graduate Conducting Competition in 2003. Dr. Cooper is also the Director of the Canton Symphony Chorus who will participate in the CSO's final Beethoven Festival Concert on April 26 and will perform Choral Fantasyand Symphony No. 9 "Ode to Joy" with the orchestra.

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

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, casual, 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

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