AN AFTERNOON OF BALLET Presented By Canton Youth Symphonies, 11/20

"In the United States, it is rare for professional orchestras and ballet companies to have the chance to perform with each other. For a youth orchestra to get to do so is almost unheard of." These are the words of Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Canton Youth Symphonies as she prepares her youth ensembles for their first concert of the 2016-17 season on November 20 at 4:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. The Canton Youth Symphony and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra will welcome members of Ballet Le Rêve of Canal Fulton to perform with them.

The concert will feature all three youth symphonies - Canton Youth Strings, Canton Youth Symphony (CYS) and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra (CYSAO). Each ensemble will perform several classical works with a ballet or dance theme such as "Russian Dance" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, "Ballet Music" from Rosamunde by Schubert and movements from Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite. Dancers from Ballet Le Rêve will join CYS to perform on Dvo?ák's Slavonic Dance No. 8 and CYSAO on selections from Giselle by Adolphe Adam.

The Canton Youth Strings consists of beginning violin, viola, cello and bass students in grades 2-6 while the Canton Youth Symphony is a full orchestra of intermediate level students in grades 6-9. The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is a full orchestra comprised of students in grades 9-12 who perform at an advanced level. CYSAO had the opportunity to accompany the dancers at Ballet Le Rêve's benefit gala at The Onesto on October 28.

Ballet Le Rêve is a pre-professional ballet company dedicated to serving its community by promoting art appreciation through excellence in dance performance and performing arts education. The company trains at the Turning Pointe School of Dance in Canal Fulton under the Artistic Direction of Nurzhan Kulybaev.

Tickets for the concert are $10 each. All seating for the performance is general admission. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 (weekdays 9am-5pm) or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning one hour before the performance time.

Founded in 1962, the Canton Youth Symphonies offer aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. Its participants rehearse weekly in preparation for three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians and guest artists. There is no minimum age requirement for CYS. Membership in CYS is by audition only. Auditions are normally held in late summer, however interested students may be allowed to audition for the ensemble at any point during the school year. An audition may be arranged by calling the Canton Symphony Office at 330-452-3434 ext. 604.

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 the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

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