It is rare to see a collaboration of live orchestral music and ballet in Northeast Ohio, let alone one put on by youth groups of an organization. This season, the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra has again joined with Canal Fulton’s Ballet Le Rêve to put on an exciting performance combining the talents of both of these groups made up for students across Northeast Ohio. This performance will be on October 28, 2018, at 2pm at the Palace Theatre in downtown Canton.
This unique collaboration started with Ballet Le Rêve working on Alice in Wonderland, and wanting a second opportunity to collaborate with the CYS program. The completed ballet has been the creation of artists from both organizations, bringing together both live dance and live music to wow audiences with a fully staged ballet backed by nearly a full score of live music. Nurzhan Kulybaev, Artistic Director of Ballet Le Rêve, choreographed the ballet after Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, Music Director of the Canton Youth Symphonies, hand selected music available in the public domain to fit the moods of the scenes in the story. The final score will have pieces known by everyone in the audience, new compositions by rising star Zach Gulaboff Davis, and small sections with recordings of contemporary music.
The Canton Youth Strings consists of beginning violin, viola, cello and bass students in grades 2-6 while the Canton Youth Symphony is a full orchestra of intermediate level students in grades 6-9. The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is a full orchestra comprised of students in grades 9-12 who perform at an advanced level. Ballet Le Rêve is a pre-professional ballet company dedicated to serving its community by promoting art appreciation through excellence in dance performance and performing arts education. The company trains at the Turning Pointe School of Dance in Canal Fulton under the Artistic Direction of Nurzhan Kulybaev.
Tickets for the concert are $15 – $24 each (not including location fees). Tickets are available through the Canton Palace Theatre, both on their website (cantonpalacetheatre.org) and their box office (330-454-8172)
Founded in 1962, the Canton Youth Symphonies offer aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. Its participants rehearse weekly in preparation for three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians and guest artists. There is no minimum age requirement for CYS. Membership in CYS is by audition only. Auditions are normally held in late summer, however interested students may be allowed to audition for the ensemble at any point during the school year. An audition may be arranged by calling the Canton Symphony Office at 330-452-3434 ext. 604.
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, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.