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Canton Symphony Chorus celebrates its 30th Anniversary with Brahms

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The Canton Symphony Chorus began 30 years ago as a volunteer adult ensemble. The Chorus is now 65 members strong and is able to perform such major works such as Berlioz, Mozart and Verdi requiems, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9”, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, and Orff’s “Carmina Burana”. Last year they performed Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2” with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

On Sunday, February 16, 2014 the Chorus will perform Brahms’ “German Requiem” that is one of music’s all time great choral work and an audience favorite. Joining the Canton Symphony Chorus for the performance will be the Malone University Chorus making the ensemble 125 members strong. Also on the bill that evening will be the performance of Ave Verum Corpus, a relatively short motet composed by Mozart only six months prior to his death.

Dr. Britt Cooper, Chorus Director, remarks, “Accepting the directorship of the Canton Symphony Chorus last season was such a privilege. The opportunity to perform major works with a symphony orchestra of this caliber is a rare and treasured opportunity for me and for the members of the Chorus. We look forward to sharing one of the musical monuments of Western Civilization, the Brahms Requiem, with our audience.”

Also joining the chorus (which is scored for soprano and baritone soloists) will be soprano Rachel Hall and baritone Brian Keith Johnson. Rachel is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and has toured the world in a score of operatic roles. Brian comes from Northeastern Ohio and returns to the area with a global reputation as well.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Umstattd Hall located at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium).

Tickets for the concert range from $25-$45. There are senior, student and group discounts available. Dress is casual and the concert is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Tickets and the full concert season schedule are available online at www.CantonSymphony.org, by calling (330) 452-2094, at the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts (weekdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), or by walk-up.

The orchestra has also implemented “Student Rush” pricing this year. Beginning one hour prior to any MasterWorks concert, students may purchase any available ticket for only $10 when they show a valid student ID at the Box Office.

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, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium). Parking at McKinley High School is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.

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