MasterWorks I: Ode To Freedom

Saturday, October 7th | 7:30pm

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

Graphic depicting a man waving a flag that says "Ode to Freedom," framed by fireworks.


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This concert will be conducted by CSO Music Director Designate, Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz.

The Canton Symphony’s 2023-24 season opens with Ode to Freedom. Based on America the Beautiful, Joan Tower’s Made in America evokes a familiar melody in a modern setting. Following, we will feature 14-year-old Cooper Violin Competition winner, Seohyun Kim, who will perform the world premiere of Jeff Scott’s (previously of the Imani Winds), Song of the Uirapuru, and Ravel’s Tzigane. Finally, we will conclude with the epic Fifth Symphony of Shostakovich, which was inspired in response to the oppressive Soviet propaganda machine.


Made in America………………………………………………………………Joan Tower
Song of the Uirapuru “Musician Wren”……………….Jeff Scott
Tzigane……………………………………………………………………………..Maurice Ravel
Symphony No. 5………………………………………………….Dmitri Shostakovich

Pre-Concert Lecture

Join us for our first “Performance Prelude” in Foundation Hall at 6:30pm as we kick off our MasterWorks Series.  We will briefly hear the history of Ravel’s “Tzigane,” the contrast of Joan Tower’s “Made in America” to Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5,” and the political overtones that are present in the compositions, and much more!



Born in 2008 in Seoul, South Korea, Seohyun Kim was the winner of the 2022 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition, the youngest ever to win the competition. She began to play the violin at age 5 and had performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles by the age of eight. Seohyun was a semi-finalist and the youngest participant in the 2021 Menuhin Competition, which was her first appearance on the international music stage. She has taken first prize at several international competitions, including the Ysaÿe International Music Competition, the Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists, and the Berlin Rising Star Grand Prix in 2021. Seohyun was invited by Maestro Gilbert Varga in 2021 to perform for the Tibor Varga Memorial Concerts with the Pannon Philharmonic in Budapest (Liszt Academy Grand Hall), Pécs (Kodály Center), and Györ in Hungary. Seohyun, who made her solo recital debut as a Kumho Prodigy Artist at the age of 12, has performed at the Lotte Concert Hall as a rising star of Gonjiam Music Festival and had two other solo recitals in 2021 as the Young Artist of the Year at Elim Art Center.


Jeff Scott is a French hornist, composer, and educator.  As a composer, he creates works that he calls “Urban Classical Music.” It is rooted in European traditions and informed by his African American culture.  It is also unapologetically influenced by the cultural experiences of his diverse, urban environment upbringing. Scott’s mission is to broaden the scope of American music theory and composition, with the intention of introducing performers, teachers, students and audiences to the richness and value of our very own, American music. 

Parking Information

Please note that our first MasterWorks concert takes place the same evening as a very large Hall of Fame Village event. CSO patrons will have reserved parking that will be available free of charge. In order to have the best concert experience patrons are encouraged to do the following: 

  1. Do not use Fulton Road when coming to the concert! Most Hall of Fame Village traffic will be using the Fulton Road exit and we expect it to be very backed up. Patrons should exit/come from 13th St. and take 13th St. to Broad Ave. CSO patrons should then turn east onto 17th St. and enter into CSO reserved parking from Champions Gateway (former Blake Ave). Champions Gateway will be closed except to CSO patrons.
  2. Plan to arrive no later than 7pm. We expect traffic will be severe. Handicap parking will be available in the lot closest to the hall and there are two handicap drop off points.
  3. We apologize for this inconvenience. The CSO concert calendar is set a year in advance and the Hall of Fame Village happened to schedule a large event the same evening as this concert. We are in full cooperation with each other and will work together and organizations to offer a good experience to all patrons.

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