MasterWorks VII: A Voyage on the High Seas

Saturday, April 26th, 2025 | 7:30pm

Umstattd Hall | Zimmermann Symphony Center
2331 17th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708


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This concert will be conducted by CSO Music Director, Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz.
Featuring the Canton Symphony Chorus

Welcome aboard on our grand voyage through Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony”. With a text taken from American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the piece tells of the ocean itself, with its whistling winds and racing waves, while also exploring the sea as a metaphor for the journey of the soul through time and space and through this life into that which is to come. The Canton Symphony Chorus is joined by Grammy award-winning bass-baritone Dashon Burton and soprano Bonnie Frauenthal for this monumental epic, never performed in Canton until now. Opening the concert is A Sea Poem by Irish composer Ina Boyle, a student of Vaughan Williams. Music Director Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz is thrilled to close the season with his favorite piece of music ever composed, and is honored to invite you along for the ride!


A SEA POEM……………………………………………………………………………….Ina Boyle
SYMPHONY NO. 1 “A SEA SYMPHONY”…………Ralph Vaughan Williams

Pre-Concert Lecture

There will be a pre-concert lecture prior to this concert at 6:30pm in Foundation Hall. 


Canton Symphony Chorus

Permanently founded in 1983 by then music director Dr. Jeffrey H. Brandes, the CSO Chorus is an auditioned choral ensemble composed of all volunteer singers from the Northeast Ohio area. Chorus members come from all walks of life and have a wide array of choral experience levels. They are united in their love for music and strive for remarkable music experience for not only the audience, but also themselves.

The CSO Chorus appears several times throughout the season with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and has begun pursuing some chorus-only concerts.


Hailed as an artist “alight with the spirit of the music” (Boston Globe), three-time Grammy Award winning bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career appearing regularly throughout the US and Europe. Highlights of his 2023/24 season include multiple appearances with Michael Tilson Thomas, including a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony and Copland’s Old American Songs with the New World Symphony.
Young Arkansan soprano Bonnie Frauenthal is quickly establishing herself as “a natural actress with a supple-voiced lyric sound, well-handled coloratura and a warm middle register” (My Scena). In Pittsburgh she was labeled “an audience favorite” (Pittsburgh in the Round). July 2019 marked her European debut in the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Covent Garden’s maestro, Tom Seligman, with Opernfest Berlin.

Composer Spotlight


Ina Boyle

Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

This concert is supported by:

Presenting Sponsor

David Jones