The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is becoming even more family-friendly by offering several FREE opportunities to children and students.

Since 2017, children under the age of 18 may attend any concert in the MasterWorks series FREE of charge!  “We realize that introducing students to music at an early age fosters a long-term appreciation for the arts,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra. “By offering free student tickets we are making a visit to the orchestra a more affordable option for families.”

New this season, the CSO will now offer FREE Student Rush tickets! One hour before any MasterWorks series performance, anyone with a student ID may receive one ticket free of charge. Any student wishing to purchase a ticket prior to the student rush period will pay only $10.

All MasterWorks concerts are held in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Although there is no minimum age for attending a concert, the orchestra recommends that children should be old enough to be attentive throughout the performance without disturbing other concert goers in the performance hall.  Concerts generally last a total of 90 minutes and normally include a 20-minute intermission.  The free student tickets are based on availability.

In addition, all the CSO’s Education programs this season will be free.  This includes the Young Peoples Concert – a full orchestra performance for students in grades 3-6 on October 16 & 17, 2019 at 9:45 and 10:45am at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall; SymphonyLand – trio performances for children ages 3-6 on January 8 and 11, 2020 (strings), February 5, 2020 (woodwinds) at 10am and 11am at the Zimmermann Symphony Center; and the Kinder Concert – a full orchestra performance for children ages 3-6 on April 22, 2020 at 9:45 and 10:45am at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Ave. N, Canton).  The Education programs are open to school groups and the public.

The funding will also allow nearly 900 students attending Stark County Head Start programs to experience the SymphonyLand trios and Kinder Concert.
Reservations are required for all of the Education programs.  Tickets for the MasterWorks concerts,

Reservations for the Education programs and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available at www.cantonsymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094 or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visitwww.CantonSymphony.org.