Somewhere in your house there is probably an unused trumpet, flute, saxophone or whatnot that has sat around since someone was in the sixth grade. Nobody in the family has any desire to suddenly take up the instrument and play. What do you do?
The Canton Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with Pellegrino Music and 91.3 FM (Canton/Akron’s regional public radio station) to collect “recyclable” musical instruments and get them in the hands of children who have the desire to learn but not the financial means to purchase an instrument.
Here is how easy it is. Just drop off the used instrument at the Cultural Center for the Arts located at 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio (you can call ahead during regular business hours (330) 452-3434, or Pellegrino Music located at 5040 Everhard Rd NW, Canton, Ohio (phone (330) 498-8400). Pianos will not be accepted at either location.
The various musical instruments will become part of the “Music Alive” program that was first began in Akron, Ohio. This current program will be used to benefit students enrolled in the Canton City School District.
Summit General Manager, Tommy Bruno comments, “Music Alive is a proven success in Akron. Nearly two-hundred musical instruments have come through the program benefiting students in Akron Public Schools.” Bruno added, “Music Alive is simple, but highly effective in recycling musical instruments.”
“There’s no one who argues the benefit of an arts education. Study after study points to the benefits of learning an instrument: greater discipline, higher grades, better focus, teamwork, self-confidence and much more” said Michelle Mullaly, Executive Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
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.