Our next MasterWorks concert not only features the Canton Symphony Chorus joining the orchestra, but both our Assistant Conductor and Director of Chorus on the podium. This concert on March 23, 2019, features a Haydn mass, along with works by Purcell and Stravinsky. Joining the CSO on stage for this concert are four soloists: Heather Phillips, soprano, Sandra Ross, mezzo, Tim Culver, tenor, and Michael Roemer, baritone. This concert has been generously sponsored by William P. Blair III and Living Bread Radio.
The first half of the concert features our Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz leading the orchestra for his third appearance on a MasterWorks concert. To open the evening, Jaroszewicz takes the orchestra through a modern orchestral arrangement of one of the most famous arias in all of opera, Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aenaes. Then the orchestra performs a suite of selections from Stravinsky’s Ballet Pulcinella. After intermission, the Canton Symphony Chorus takes the stage with the orchestra, and Britt Cooper, Director of Chorus, takes his spot on the podium. The combined group, along with four soloists, will perform Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, one of his more politically motivated masses from the time period during Napoleon’s reign in France.
Our feature soloists for the evening all have interesting ties to the Northeast Ohio area. Soprano Heather Phillips originally hails from Canton, OH, and even spent time in the Canton Youth Symphony program. Mezzo soprano Sandra Ross has performed with many orchestras and operas produced in Northeast Ohio, and currently is an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University. Tenor Timothy Culver is a regular performer with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and currently is an Associate Professor at Kent State University. Finally, baritone Michael Roemer, a soloist from last season, has sung across the country, but calls North Canton home, where he is the Music Director at St. Paul’s Catholic Church of North Canton.
Soloist Timothy Culver will be leading a master class free and open to the public on March 23rd before the concert. This master class will be located at the Randall Campus Center on the campus of Malone University, and will start at 10am.
Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on March 23, 2019 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.