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Author to Present Next ConverZations

Released September 28, 2016


CANTON, OHIO (September 28, 2016) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra will welcome Donald Rosenberg, author of The Cleveland Orchestra: Second to None and editor of EMAg, the magazine of Early Music America, for the next presentation of ConverZations.  The series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), features a variety of musicians and music-lovers alike. Sponsored by T. K. & Faye A. Heston and the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2017.

Rosenberg served as music critic of The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The Pittsburgh Press, and the Akron Beacon Journal, and as president of the Music Critics Association of North America for four terms.  He has taught music criticism at Oberlin College and courses of Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.  He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and the Yale School of Music, where he majored in French horn performance.  As a hornist, he participated in the Aspen and Marlboro music festivals, and played under such conductors as Pablo Casals, William Steinberg, Aaron Copland, Robert Shaw, and Gunter Schuller.

For the ConverZations discussion titled An American in Paris Meets a Viennese in Hollywood, Rosenberg will tie directly into the CSO’s October 29 MasterWorks concert program by discussing the similarities between the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and George Gershwin.  The orchestra will be performing works by both composers on the concert.  His presentation will explore how the works on the Canton Symphony’s program are prime examples of these composers’ gifts in the realm of instrumental color and atmosphere.

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.


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