2017-2018 Season


Bring your lunch and join the ConverZation on various topics related to the world of music!  This series of FREE discussions is held the second Monday of each month, September - April.  The CSO provides coffee and light desserts. 

2nd Monday of Every Month

*Please note our Sept. ConverZations is at a different date and time*

Zimmermann Symphony Center
Foundation Hall
2331 17th St NW, Canton 44708



2017-18 Schedule


September 19, 2017 (Starts at 7:00PM):  Blind Spot – a Matter of Perception

The exhibit from the Massillon Museum travels to The “Z”.  CSO quartet performs three compositions inspired by paintings in the exhibition, composed by Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship students.


October 9, 2017:  Ted Good, Owner Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland - “Steinway & Sons – A Family Story of German-American Entrepreneurship” – 12pm

Discover how this family of German immigrants arrived in 1853 and created the piano that remains the most prized and sought after in the world.


November 13, 2017:  Eric Benjamin, Associate Conductor Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Tuscarawas Philharmonic – Secret Gift: Setting the Story to Music – 12pm

How does a composer create a composition?  Mr. Benjamin will share his insights on the composing process especially how it relates to his composing “A Secret Gift”.


December 11, 2017:  Lalene Kay, Director, Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium – Music: Your Personal Healthcare Provider  - 12pm

Music Therapy


January 8, 2018:  M. J. Albacete, Adjunct Professor, Kent State University Stark Campus & Executive   Director Emeritus, The Canton Museum of Art – Getting Inside Gustav Mahler’s Head – 12pm

Mahler's monumental symphonies, profoundly personal and emotional, were largely unknown until fifty years after his death. To enhance our appreciation of his genius, we will explore his early creative life through rare historic recordings, up to his Fifth Symphony.

[Although Gustav Mahler died in 1904, his monumental symphonies were largely unknown until the 1950s.  Those familiar with his music admit that he places great demands upon the listener, but are richly rewarding.  His symphonies are structurally complex, emotional, and intensely autobiographical, best understood through insights into his life and selections from his works up to Symphony No. 5, some taken from rare historic recordings.]


February 12, 2018:  Dr. Dan Cavalancia, Marketing Manager, Canton Symphony Orchestra – Copland’s Controversial Clarinet Concerto: What happens when a composer writes a piece that’s “too hard”? – 12pm

Each piece of music has a rich history, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto is no different.  Dr. Cavalancia explores the commissioning and creation of the work, and the rocky early life of the composition. 


March 12, 2018:  Dr. Bryan Nichols Assistant Professor of Music, University of Akron – Music: the Art & the Science - 12pm


April 9, 2018:  Bobby Wesner, co-founder and Artistic Director Neos Dance Theatre – Creating New Work to Classics – 12pm

Mr. Wesner will speak from his perspective as a choreographer about creating new work to music that is widely known. The process is exciting, intimidating, and also presents challenges along the way. 


Sponsored by:

T. K. and Faye A. Heston
Ada C. and Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust