Canton Symphony Orchestra Announces ConverZations with M.J. Albacete

Canton Symphony Orchestra Announces ConverZations with M.J. Albacete
All in the Family: Brahms and the Schumanns

CANTON, OHIO (March 6, 2020) – ConverZations is our FREE monthly lecture series that dives into the world of music. This series of discussions brings you closer to the music with a different topic each month. Each topic and speaker are chosen to specifically enhance our MasterWorks concert series. The atmosphere is casual and engaging. Bring your lunch, relax, and enjoy!

Musical inspiration comes from many places. In the case of Robert Schummann, his wife Clara was a great source of inspiration. Did she inspire other composers? How did Johannes Brahms fit into their family? M.J. Albacete explores these questions and examines the lives of other composers to find out how relationships affected the music they wrote.

After a long career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired as Executive Director Emeritus in 2013. During most of that time, MJ and his wife Pat were patrons of the Canton Symphony, and at least once a year MJ was a CSO pre-concert lecturer. For five years MJ reviewed CSO concerts for the Canton Repository. He has presented lectures on music at various venues including the Cleveland and Akron Orchestras, with programs at the Wagner Societies in New York and Boston. MJ has been involved in several educational programs with the CSO, and this season presents his third lecture in the ConverZations series. He and his wife are also members of the CSO Symphony League. Currently an Adjunct Professor on the history of architecture at Kent State University Stark Campus, he is a “regular” at Walsh University’s Lifetime Learning program and is a popular speaker in our community on a variety of topics.

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 or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.