2016-2017 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

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



2016-17 Schedule


February 13, 2017

Cleveland International Piano Competition

Pierre van der Westhuizen, President & CEO
A representative from this esteemed competition will enlighten us on the piano competition and the journey of its participants.

March 13, 2017

The Emergence of the Trombone in Classical Music

Tom Pylinski, Principal Trombone, Canton Symphony Orchestra
"In my opinion, the trombone is the true head of the family of wind instruments, which I have named the 'epic' one.  It possesses nobility and grandeur to the highest degree; it has all the serious and powerful tones of sublime musical poetry, from religious, calm and imposing accents to savage, orgiastic outburst."
Hector Berlioz

April 10, 2017

Death as Public Art: Secular Humanism and the Requiems of Berlioz, Brahms, and Verdi

Grant Cook, Director of Choral Activities, University of Mount Union
The Requiem Mass settings of Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, and Giuseppe Verdi are deeply religious works, each imbued with a profound sense of spirituality. Interestingly, however, each was composed by a self-professed nonbeliever, a secular humanist, if you will. This presentation explores the common yet colorful threads that tie together these three choral-orchestral masterworks and their celebrated composers.

Sponsored by:

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