Canton Symphony plans to present a world premiere

March 6, 2013 by  

The Canton Symphony Orchestra of Canton, Ohio, is planning one of the greatest events any orchestra can undertake: a world premiere.

Later this month, the orchestra will present ‘Canti Guerrieri ed Amorosi’, which translates as “Songs of War and Love,” a new work by Claude Baker, an American composer. Baker composed the piece honoring the group’s 75th season.

Also on the bill for the evening are ‘Symphony No. 5 in D Minor’ by Shostakovich and Beethoven’s ever-popular ‘Leonore Overture No. 3’. A pre-concert discussion about the music to be performed, in particular Baker’s piece, is slated to take place beforehand. Admission is free for anyone attending the concert, and leading the talk will be the orchestra’s assistant conductor Rachel Waddell.

Baker said that his intent in writing the pieces is to honor both the Canton Symphony itself on its anniversary, and Gerhardt Zimmermann, its Music Director.

Tickets are available on-line, or by calling or visiting the orchestra’s box office, which is open weekdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Tickets will also be available at Umstattd Hall one hour before the performance and are priced at $25, $35, or $45, with student and senior discounts available.

The concert is scheduled to start at 8.00 p.m. March 23, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall in Canton. The orchestra could work with skilled brochure printers to devise a program for its audience that explores Baker’s work in detail, including his inspiration for writing it, as well as some of its technical aspects.