The Cleveland Orchestra’s principal cellist speaking at ConverZations

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Mark Kosower, principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra, to our monthly ConverZations series on Oct. 8th at Zimmermann Symphony Center at noon. Mr. Kosower’s lecture comes shortly before our Oct. 27 MasterWorks concert, where he will be performing works by Victor Herbert and Antonin Dvorak.  This month’s lecture centers on these two works and their composers, specifically how both Herbert and Dvorak influenced future American music and how their compositions were influenced by early American culture.

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.

ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17
th Street NW) and scheduled the second Monday of every month through April 2019.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunch to the lecture, and the CSO provides coffee and light desserts.  For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other Canton Symphony Orchestra events, visit

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 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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