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Canton Symphony Orchestra to feature Chesapeake Energy Casual Series

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Chesapeake Energy Casual Series Starts Year Off With String Bass and Piano Duo

Even though this winter is stacking up to be one of the more challenging ones of recent memory, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is determined to give you a warm and cozy place to relax in. On January 9 and 10, 2014, CSO’s Chesapeake Energy Casual Series will begin with a string bass and piano duo. The performance will feature bassist Cory Palmer and pianist Katherine Monsour Barley showcasing pieces such as Serge Koussevitzky’s “Humoresque” and Henry Eccles “Sonata in g minor”.

The series are performed on Thursday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on performance weekends. The one hour concerts feature intimate settings that put the audience close to the musicians who provide background information concerning the pieces that they are performing. At some concerts there will be a question and answer segment that will allow the audience the opportunity to become even more familiar with the music and instruments that are showcased that particular day.

The series at Cable Recital Hall (in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. North,Canton,OH,44702) showcases musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra performing many well-known yet sometimes lesser-known classical pieces showcasing a particular instrument or small ensemble. A reception with audience members and musicians is included with each concert.

The Casual Series performance dates this spring are January 9-10, February 6-7, March 13-14, and May 1-2 (Thursdays at 1pm and Fridays at 7pm). The future performances feature a contemporary quintet – 3 cellos, a clarinet and piano in February, an oboe/piano duo in March, and the Chamber Orchestra/Chorus in May. The Friday evening performances are sponsored by Chesapeake Energy.

The Casual Series concerts are an affordable $15 for adults or $10 for seniors/students. There is also a Flex Pass available for $50 that includes four tickets to any program. These can be used in any combination for entry to the eight concerts/four programs. The Flex Pass or individual tickets are available online at, 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 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


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