William Preucil will be Headlining Canton Symphony Orchestra Season Opener “Scottish Fantasy”
Hoote Mon! Now let me get this straight...you have a world renowned violinist, the Canton Symphony Orchestra and a bagpipe band and the whole group inspired by the Palace of Holyrood in Scotland? So what’s the punch line?
The punch line is that the Canton Symphony Orchestra will be opening their 76th season on October 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. with “Scottish Fantasy” by Bruch featuring William Preucil (concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra).. The concert will also present two other “Scottish” themed pieces by Mendelssohn and Benjamin.
Mr. Preucil has been the Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1994 and has appeared with the Orchestra at both Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center in concerto performances. He has also appeared with various symphony orchestras around the world such as Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester, Detroit and Taipei.
To lend a more Scottish flair to the evening, the Canton Orchestra has invited the Celtic Eagle Pipe Band to perform. Under the direction of Pipe Major Timothy Wiley with members Brian McElhinney, Kate Wiley, and Rick Schwenning this local bagpipe band has performed across the United States as well as competing in a score of Highland Games.
The Celtic Eagle Pipe Band has been ranked the best pipe band in the Ohio Valley and is rated in the top 20 nationally. On the night of the concert they will be performing “Marches and Airs” (composed in 1999 by local composer and former Canton Youth Symphony director Eric Benjamin).
“For much of this piece, I imagined what it would be like to score a Scots-themed movie,” noted Benjamin. “The challenge was in contriving music for orchestral instruments that is audible against the sound of even one piper.”
The Mendelssohn Symphony was chosen because of it being referred through history as the “Scotch Symphony”. Mendelssohn was inspired to write it after his visit to the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh in 1829. Mendelssohn was quoted as saying, “I believe I found in that old chapel the beginning of my Scotch symphony.”
While Mendelssohn denied writing a “Scottish” national theme, some have heard recollections of Scottish bagpipe tunes in this symphony; others have found its dark-colored first movement to be a depiction of Scotland’s desolate moors and mist-enshrouded highlands; still others have taken the final movement to represent the gathering of the clans.
Opening night will prove to be an amazing collection of talent gathered to perform some highly anticipated music. “We really have a world-class orchestra – really an amazing gift for small town America,” noted Mr. Adrian Allison, Superintendent of The Canton City School District. With musicians from across the globe, many who study at the Cleveland Institute of Music (where Preucil also instructs), the Canton Symphony Orchestra boasts one of the best small town orchestras in the country.
Tickets for the concert range from $25-$45. 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. Some concerts do sell out in advance.
The orchestra has also implemented “Student Rush” pricing this year. Beginning one hour prior to any MasterWorks concert, students may purchase any available ticket for only $10 when they show a valid student ID at the Box Office.
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