FREE Student Offerings at the CSO

Released August 9, 2016

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CANTON, OHIO (August 4, 2016) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is becoming even more family-friendly this season by offering several FREE opportunities to children and students.

For the first time, children under the age of 18 may attend any concert in the MasterWorks series FREE of charge!  “We realize that introducing students to music at an early age fosters a long-term appreciation for the arts,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra. “By offering free student tickets we are making a visit to the orchestra a more affordable option for families.” 

All MasterWorks concerts are held in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Although there is no minimum age for attending a concert, the orchestra recommends that children should be old enough to be attentive throughout the performance without disturbing other concert goers in the performance hall.  Concerts generally last a total of 90 minutes and normally include a 20 minute intermission.  The free student tickets are based on availability.

The free offerings were made possible by generous support from Arts in Stark Smarts Grant, The Peter and Judith Shurman Charitable Fund at the Stark Community Foundation and The Hoover Foundation.   “Nothing warms my heart more than seeing children inspired by musical moments,” says Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Engagement.  “We are extremely grateful to our funders for allowing us to make these programs so accessible to them.”

In addition, all of the CSO’s Education programs this season will be free.  This includes the Young Peoples Concert – a full orchestra performance for students in grades 3-6 on October 20, 2016 at 9:45 and 10:45am at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall; SymphonyLand – trio performances for children ages 3-6 on January 11 and 14, 2017 (strings), February 8 and 11, 2017 (woodwinds), and March 8 and 11, 2017 (brass) at 10am and 11am at the Zimmermann Symphony Center; and the Kinder Concert – a full orchestra performance for children ages 3-6 on May 3, 2017 at 9:45 and 10:45am at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Ave. N, Canton).  The Education programs are open to school groups and the public.

The funding will also allow nearly 900 students attending Stark County Head Start programs to experience the SymphonyLand trios and Kinder Concert.

Reservations are required for all of the Education programs.  Tickets for the MasterWorks concerts, reservations for the Education programs and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available at www.cantonsymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094 or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm. 

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, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.

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Contact: Irene Barker, Director of Marketing - ibarker@cantonsymphony.org