Gospel Joins Symphony
Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 7:30PM
A graphic created for the Gospel Meets the Symphony concert. It includes images of Dr. Henry Panion, III and Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, who will joint-conduct the concert.


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Joint conducted by CSO Music Director Designate, Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz and Dr. Henry Panion, III.

Presented by Employers Health and in collaboration with EN-RICH-MENT of Stark County, Gospel Joins Symphony will be an epic presentation of orchestral and gospel music coming together to inspire and uplift our community.

V.O.I.C.E., a gospel choir ensemble organized by EN-RICH-MENT and directed by Darius McBride, will join the full power of the Canton Symphony Orchestra along with Southland College Prep Charter (Richton, Illinois) under the direction of Elizabeth Norman-Sojourner.

This concert will occur four days before Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.


Producer, composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and educator, Dr. Panion’s wealth of experiences spans the musical spectrum, from Gospel to Classical, Pop to Rock, Country to R&B, Hip-Hop to Be-Bop and everything in between, from the likes of superstars Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan; jazz luminaries Ellis Marsalis, Jonathan Butler and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra; Gospel legends the Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and The Clark Sisters; Country artists Randy Owen, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and ALABAMA;  R&B Songstresses Kelly Price and India Arie; American Idol winners Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard; Hip-Hop artists Coolio and Nelly; and more than 50 different symphony orchestras all across the globe, from the Tokyo (Japan) Philharmonic, Royal (London) Philharmonic, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Philharmonic, and Gothenburg (Sweden) Symphony, to the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Darius hails from Rochester, New York. He attended Malone University in Canton, Ohio to pursue a degree in Choral/Vocal Music Education, where he graduated in 2016. During his time at Malone, he participated in Malone’s Opera Theatre under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Wolschlager, where he held numerous Tenor roles. Darius was part of the University Chorale and Chamber Choir where he served as student conductor from 2013 to 2015, and tenor section leader from 2011 to 2015 under the direction of Dr. David Donelson and Dr. John Peterson. Darius also served as the One Voice Gospel Choir director from 2013 until 2015. Aside from his work and studies at Malone, Darius is a former En-Rich-Ment instructor (2011-2015) under the leadership of Betty Smith! At En-Rich-Ment, he taught choir, music theory, and directed the En-Rich-Ment strings. Darius also served as Music Director for two community productions: Carrie the Musical, and Heathers the Musical. Continuing his vocal educating, Darius has taught private piano and voice lessons at Forte Music School in Toledo, OH. He has run successful choral programs at Kingsway Christian School and Fostoria High School, and is currently the Vocal Music Director at Westerville South High School in Westerville, OH, where he currently resides.


This concert is produced in partnership with one of Stark County’s greatest assets for youth, EN-RICH-MENT. Led by Betty Smith, this organization focuses on providing after school and supportive programming for young people through art and music.

Proceeds from this concert will benefit EN-RICH-MENT.

You are invited to join our community choir and participate in this concert, called V.O.I.C.E.! The V.O.I.C.E. choir will have four mandatory rehearsals leading up to the event starting in April 2024. Registration is now open to everyone ages 15 and older. Participation is welcome to any who want to join in an evening of gospel. To sign-up, click the button below and scroll down to the registration form.

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Participating Sponsors

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