The popular program that combines the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park with the orchestrated sounds of musicians is returning for its fifth season this summer.  Serenades in the Park is a free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind, and string ensembles performing all over Stark County.  Everyone is invited to bring your favorite picnic food, games, and blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in partnership with the Stark County Park District (SCPD) will present the 6-concert series June to September.  The series is sponsored in part by the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Foundation.

The series consists of one hour performances taking place each month in June, July, August, and September, and features a different small ensemble of CSO musicians in a casual program of light classics, pops, patriotic, and jazz and/or folk repertoire.  If any of our concerts are threatened by inclement weather, they will be moved into Foundation Hall, located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th St. NW, Canton 44708).  If the final concert at Petros Park is threatened by inclement weather, it will be moved to Umstattd Hall, located at 2323 17th St. NW, Canton 44708.  Please check the cantonsymphony.orgstarkparks.com, or call 330-452-2094 (CSO box office) or 330-409-8096 (Stark Parks’ phone line) to check for updates on concert locations.

The schedule of the performances is:

June 27, 2019 @ 6:30pm Sippo Lake Park
5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708
Trombone Quartet

July 11, 2019 @ 6:30pm Deer Creek Reservoir
14514 Price St NE, Alliance, OH 44601
String Trio

July 25, 2019 @ 6:30pm Tam O’Shanter Park
5055 Hills and Dales Rd NW, Canton, OH 44708
Brass Quintet

August 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm Fry Family Park
2533 Farber St SE, Magnolia, OH 44643
Woodwind Quintet

August 18, 2019 @ 4:00pm Quail Hollow Park
13480 Congress Lake Ave NE, Hartville, OH 44632
String Quartet

September 1, 2019 @ 7:30 Petros Lake Park
3519 Perry Dr SW, Canton, OH 44706
Full Orchestra

Stark Parks mission is to preserve, manage, and connect natural areas to serve the community through recreation, conservation and education.  Stark Parks offers more than 15 parks and 120 miles of hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails and four lakes for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. More information is available at StarkParks.com.

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 at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (adjacent to McKinley High School). For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.