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The Canton Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for the French Salon’

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Oh Là Là J'aime Écouter de la Musique Française! (Oh Là Là I Love listening to French Music!)

Principle oboist Terry Orcutt and pianist Shuai will be performing three works by French composers Frances Poulenc, Camille Saint-Saëns and Henri Dutilleux in a concert with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Says Orcutt “Oboe lovers won’t want to miss these great pieces. Each piece highlights a different facet of the oboe that together show the broad range and dexterity of the instrument. And the piano accompaniment is simply masterful.”

“These French compositions are always crowd favorites,” said Wang. “They paint a classic picture of what we all imagine to be the French culture – love, passion, heartache and tragedy.”

The Casual Concerts are Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cable Recital Hall (inside Canton’s Cultural. Center for the Arts on Market Ave North).

The two musicians will take the stage for the first time together as a duet. Orcutt is currently principal oboe of the CSO, a post he has held since 2000. He has also played with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the Wheeling Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic. A lover of chamber music, Orcutt performs regularly throughout northeastern Ohio in various chamber settings and has won several prizes at various national music competitions.

Praised by the press for her “astute musical sensibilities” and “extraordinary finesse,” Shuai Wang is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She recently performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and has performed nationally in various solo and ensemble concerts.

The Chesapeake Energy Casual Series offers a musically intimate setting. Typically only an hour-long concert, the audience is up-close and personal with the musicians, who provide background to many of the pieces they play. A reception with the musicians is included with each concert.

The Casual Series concerts are an affordable $15 for adults or $10 for seniors/students. 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. There are senior, student and group discounts available. 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 www.CantonSymphony.org.

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