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Canton Symphony Chorus Highlights CSO Casual Season Finale

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The Canton Symphony Orchestra will be closing out its Casual Concert Series with two performances on May 1st and 2nd, 2014. Rachel Waddell will be the director as the Canton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra will perform “Divertimenti in D Major” (Mozart), “Serenade for Strings” (Elgar), “Five Hebrew Love Songs” (Whitacre), and “Magnificat” (Vivaldi).

The Canton Symphony Chorus (directed by Dr. Britt Cooper) will join the orchestra for the Vivaldi and Whitacre works and will perform “Song for Athene” (Tavener) without accompaniment.

“The beauty of doing a smaller chamber concert, like this one, is that it offers something for everyone,” commented Waddell. “This is a diverse program of pieces that span over two centuries. It takes a simple concept, choir and strings, and shows the expansive colors and nuances available within that. It is also a pleasure to collaborate with the Canton Symphony Chorus on this concert each spring,” she continued. “The level of dedication and talent of our all-volunteer choir is truly remarkable and will be well-balanced by our smaller string ensemble."

The last Casual Concerts of the season will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. and Friday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. and are sponsored by Chesapeake Energy. The concerts will be held in Cable Recital Hall which is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio.

The Casual Concert Series is a way for patrons of the musical arts to experience an hour of classical music in an intimate setting where the musicians provide background notes on many of the pieces that they play. Following the concert there is a reception where audience members can meet the musicians.

“The chorus is always excited to collaborate with the orchestra,” stated Cooper. “This will mark the fourth time that it has occurred this season alone. This program balances traditional classical offerings with some very new music and we are looking forward to sharing this varied repertoire on our final performances of the season.”

Tickets for the concerts are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available online at, by calling (330) 452-2094 or by stopping by the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts which is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or by walk-up prior to the concert. Group discounts are also available. Dress is casual and concerts are appropriate for ages 8 and older.

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