Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes 15-year-old Eva Gevorgyan opening night

The Canton Symphony Orchestra opens its classical MasterWorks Series with a concert full of audience favorites from American composer Jennifer Higdon and welcomes piano virtuoso Eva Gevorgyan to the Umstattd stage. The CSO MasterWork’s season premieres October 12, 2019 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Bob & Donna Leibensperger and an anonymous CSO board member.

Eva Gevorgyan, a stunningly talented woman of only 15, joins us from Russian for her interpretation of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Eva was the 2018 Cleveland International Junior Piano Competition winner and has won more than 40 international piano competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain, Estonia and Serbia. She was invited to the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where she participated in master classes with Dmitiri Bashkirov, Stanislaw Laudenitch, and William Nabore. Last year, Eva appeared on live television with Russian President Vladimir Putin and publicly lobbied for Russian education reform. Eva’s brilliance pairs perfectly with the introspection and drama of Grieg’s Piano Concerto on the Umstattd stage.

Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon commissioned blue cathedral to commemorate the Curtis Institute of Music’s 75th anniversary, where she holds the Rock Chair in Composition. Despite being a self-taught musician, Jennifer has become a major figure in contemporary Classical music and composition. After the premier, Jennifer describes blue cathedral as “representing the expression of the individual and the group, our inner travels and the places our souls carry us, the lessons we learn, and the growth we experience”.  We could not be more excited to introduce our audiences to this gorgeous work. Rounding out the program for the evening is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. 

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 12, 2019 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann

Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 82th anniversary and 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.

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