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Canton Symphony Orchestra continues supporting arts education

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Ask any educator about the value of the arts in school curriculum and you will get 100% endorsement as to the values that it offers. It is a well known fact that children who are exposed to the fine arts perform better in all forms of educational endeavor.

“There’s little debate out there. No one argues that arts are critical in educating our youth. The challenge is simply funding arts education in the midst of declining public school budgets,” stated Gail Martino, CSO’s Education Committee chairperson. “Every piece of research we come across points to greater achievement in the classroom – and in life – when arts are included.”

Canton Symphony Orchestra (with funding help from the Hoover Foundation) is committed to continue to provide arts education options. One of the most popular is the SymphonyLand Series that is geared for children 3 to 6. On January 15 and 18, 2014, CSO will resume its 30 minute educational programs. This season, SymphonyLand will use three of the Karma Wilson/Jane Chapman “Bear” book series. The January concert will feature a string trio providing the musical backdrop for “Bear Feels Sick”.

“What makes these arts education sessions so amazing is that our musicians educate the kids how instruments make sounds, then how those sounds make music, and then how the instruments work together to make a song. And they do it in the context of books with which the kids are likely to be familiar. The kids love the subject matter and interactivity,” said Michelle Mullaly, Executive Director.

One common thread of each performance will be the music and academic concepts presented at each performance. This is in concert with Ohio’s New Learning Standards in Music, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science.

On February 5 and 8 the SymphonyLand Series will feature a woodwind trio presenting “Bear’s Loose Tooth” and the March 26 and 29 sessions will have a brass trio performing for “Bear Wants More”.

Performances are open to the public in addition to preschools, public schools, and homeschool groups. There are two performances each day at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The final program scheduled for April 9 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. brings all the various instruments together for a “Kinder Concert” allowing the children to witness all the various orchestra sections come together to create a symphony.

All performances for the Symphony Land Series concerts are at the Cable Recital Hall located at 1001 Market Avenue N, Canton, Ohio

The entire SymphonyLand series is $15 per person (series tickets include 1 performance of each trio plus the Kinder Concert) or $5 per performance. The SymphonyLand package or individual tickets 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. Dress is casual and concerts are appropriate for ages 3 to 6 years.

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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