There were a lot of firsts in 1938 in America. The March of Dimes was formed. Benny Goodman brought his Jazz Orchestra to Carnegie Hall. Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” premiered. Bugs Bunny and Superman were born. Wrong Way Corrigan made his famous flight to Ireland. Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” was broadcast as well Kate Smith singing “God Bless America”. The minimum wage became law.
In Canton, Ohio in spite of the tail end of the Depression (now downgraded to a Recession) and war clouds looming over Europe, The Canton Symphony Orchestra gave its first performance on February 16, 1938. In celebration of its 75th year, the Canton Symphony Orchestra has planned an anniversary concert in order to pay tribute to the sacrifices of those who brought the orchestra to life and have kept it vibrant through all these years.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the Canton Symphony Orchestra will be performing an anniversary celebration at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. This 8:00 p.m. performance not only shares the date of the orchestra’s first performance but will also be recreating the exact same program that was played at the orchestra’s debut.
It includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (Surprise Symphony) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. A Performance Prelude discussion of the program’s music, led by the Canton Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Rachel Waddell, will begin at 7:00pm and is free to concert ticket holders.
The Performance Prelude is sponsored by the Gibbs Family Limited Partnership.
Tickets are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org; by either calling the Symphony Box Office at 330-452-2094 or visiting it in person in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office one hour prior to the performance.
Prices are $25, $35, and $45. Discounts are available for seniors & students.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, entertain, educate and challenge 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, OH, 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 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio, 44702-1024