Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Mark Kosower

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Mark Kosower, Principal Cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra, to the stage for their second MasterWorks concert.  This concert, featuring popular works for the cello, is on October 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of a CSO Trustee, William P. Blair III, and Bob and Donna Leibensperger.

To open the concert, Maestro Zimmermann has chosen a work by Arvo Pärt, a 20thcentury composer who takes inspiration from much older forms of music for his compositions.  His Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten sounds more like a renaissance piece than a 20th century work.  Next is Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, a piece that will show off the power of the full Canton Symphony Orchestra, with over 80 musicians on the stage.  After intermission, Mark Kosower joins the orchestra for works by both Dvořák and Herbert.  To close the evening, the orchestra will perform an audience favorite, one of Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsodies.

Mark Kosower joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal cello in 2010.  Described as “a virtuoso of staggering prowess” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he is a consummate artist equally at home internationally as a recital and concerto soloist.  As an orchestral principal, he was formerly solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany (2006-10). Born in Wisconsin, Mark Kosower began studying cello at the age of one-and-a-half with his father who studied with Ernst Silberstein, principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School. Mr. Kosower’s many accolades include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Sony Grant, and as grand prize winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on October 27, 2018 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, 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 81st season 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.