Canton residents look forward to holiday concert

December 3, 2013 by  

Residents of Canton, Ohio, can look forward to a holiday concert that promises to be great fun. Five separate organization, including the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO), will join forces to present a “pops” concert this weekend.

The show will feature traditional carols to which the audience is invited to sing along, as well as a special performance. Eric Benjamin has created a new musical composition based on the book ‘A Secret Gift’ by Ted Gup. The story tells of a Canton man known only as ‘B. Virdot’ who, in the depths of the Great Depression, asked Canton residents to write to him with their tales.

Virdot sent checks for $5 (the equivalent of $100 today) to the letter writers, giving many of them more money than they had had for weeks on end. This heartwarming story of one man’s incredible generosity is the subject of the new musical. Benjamin said that Canton has a history of this kind of charity, and it is fitting that the CSO will be the first orchestra anywhere to perform A Secret Gift.

The concert is slated for December 8, and it will be given at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW in Canton, beginning at 3:00 pm. Tickets range in price from $18 to $24 and there are discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. Check the CSO website for details.

The CSO could work with brochure printers to create attractive handouts for concert-goers.