Canton Symphony gets a new home

July 4, 2013 by  

Wednesday, June 26, proved to be an exciting day for Canton, Ohio’s classical music fans, as Gerhardt Zimmerman broke ground for the complex that will bear his name.

The Zimmerman Symphony Center, comprising 22,000 square feet, will be located at McKinley High School. Currently the symphony gives its performances in Umstadd Hall, a 1,460-seat venue located in the school. The orchestra’s executive offices are located in the city’s Cultural Center and its equipment is stored in yet a third location. The Zimmerman Symphony Center will bring everything together in one location.

Zimmerman, who has been the symphony’s music director since 1980, said he was humbled and honored by the event, and excited by having the orchestra, its library, and staff all in the same location. The new complex will provide space for the Canton Symphony’s music library and administrative offices, and includes new dressing rooms for the conductor, the orchestra members, and guest performers. There is also a new multi-function reception area and a space for the symphony to hold educational programs.

Michelle Mullaly, the orchestra’s executive director, noted that the new reception area will allow the symphony to hold pre- and post-concert events on site. She seems even more excited by the fact that the increased office space will allow the orchestra to provide internships to McKinley students.

The cost of the new complex is estimated at $5.9m, and the project should be complete by the summer of 2014.

The symphony could work with brochure printers to create a mailer including drawings of the new complex, the projected opening date, and some of the programs.