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Canton Symphony Orchestra brings ‘A Secret Gift’ to life on stage

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This year’s Canton Symphony Orchestra’s holiday pops concert will be extra special as they are joined by Canton Symphony Youth Symphony, the Canton Symphony Chorus, the McKinley Senior High School Singers, and the Canton South High School Symphonic Choir. The concert will be performed on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and held at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall that is located at 2323 17th Street NW – Canton.

The concert will feature a performance of “A Secret Gift” a new work by local composer Eric Benjamin. The musical work is taken from the book of the same name by local author Ted Gup and tells the story of the author’s generous and secretive grandfather who helped various local families during the Great Depression and in particular during the Christmas season of 1933. The Canton Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Canton Symphony Chorus, the McKinley Senior High School Singers, and the Canton South High School Symphonic Choir for this work. The author of the book will be the narrator and community members will read various letters taken from the book. During the performance photos of Stark County (many from family members that are included in the book) will be displayed on video screens above the orchestra.

“It’s an honor to contribute to the legacy of this tremendous story,” commented Mr. Benjamin, “and bring it to life in music. The Canton area represents such a rich legacy of charity and kindness. Stories like this attest to its greatness. It’s just right that the Canton Symphony Orchestra should be the first to perform the ‘stage’ version of A Secret Gift.”

In addition to the presentation of A Secret Gift, there will be traditional holiday carols and an audience sing-along. The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Youth Symphony, Canton Symphony Chorus, McKinley Senior High School Singers, and Canton South High School Symphonic Choir will join together for this portion of the concert.

Tickets for the concert range from $18-$28. 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 10am-2pm), or by walk-up.

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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