2017-2018 Season


Bring your lunch and join the ConverZation on various topics related to the world of music!  This series of FREE discussions launches September 19 and continues on the second Monday of each month, October - April.  The CSO provides coffee and light desserts. 

2nd Monday of Every Month

*Please note our Sept. ConverZations is at a different day and time*

Zimmermann Symphony Center
Foundation Hall
2331 17th St NW, Canton 44708



2017-18 Schedule


Blind Spot – a Matter of Perception

September 19, 2017 (Starts at 7:00PM): 
This exciting exhibit features three abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum collection that have been translated into interactive sound maps and tactile models.  A panel of exhibit representatives will discuss the creation of this unique experience, and a CSO string quartet will perform exhibit-inspired compositions written by Cleveland Institute of Music's Composer Fellowship students.
-  Exhibit, light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar open at 6:15
-  Panel discussion and performance begins at 7:00pm
-  Exhibit open for viewing weekdays September 19 - October 13, 9am-5pm
-  Exhibit open for viewing before and after the MasterWorks concert on October 14

Steinway & Sons – A Family Story of German-American Entrepreneurship

October 9, 2017 - 12pm
Ted Good, Owner, Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland

Discover how this family of German immigrants arrived in 1853 and created the piano that remains the most prized and sought after in the world.

Secret Gift: Setting the Story to Music

November 13, 2017 - 12pm
Eric Benjamin, Associate Conductor, Akron Symphony Orchestra & Music Director, Tuscarawas Philharmonic
How does a composer create a composition?  Mr. Benjamin will share his insights on the composing process especially how it relates to his piece, A Secret Gift.


Music: Your Personal Healthcare Provider

December 11, 2017 - 12pm
Lalene Kay,
Director, Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium

Music Therapists use music to support healing, learning, movement and memory for many.  Gain new knowledge and new appreciation of how music affects each of us.


Getting Inside Gustav Mahler’s Head

January 8, 2018 - 12pm
M. J. Albacete, Adjunct Professor, Kent State University Stark Campus & Executive Director Emeritus, The Canton Museum of Art

Mahler's monumental symphonies, profoundly personal and emotional, were largely unknown until fifty years after his death. To enhance our appreciation of his genius, we will explore his early creative life through rare historic recordings, up to his Fifth Symphony.

Copland’s Controversial Clarinet Concerto: What happens when a composer writes a piece that’s “too hard”?

February 12, 2018 - 12pm
Dr. Dan Cavalancia, Marketing Manager, Canton Symphony Orchestra
Each piece of music has a rich history, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto is no different.  Dr. Cavalancia explores the commissioning and creation of the work, and the unsettled early life of the composition. 

Music: the Art & the Science

March 12, 2018 - 12pm
Dr. Bryan Nichols, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Akron

People enjoy music in different ways and music of different types.  Explore nature versus nurture, and the science behind the music in the brain and music as a shared culture.

Creating New Works to Classics

April 9, 2018 - 12pm
Bobby Wesner, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Neos Dance Theatre

Mr. Wesner will speak from his perspective as a choreographer about creating new work to music that is widely known. The process is exciting, intimidating, and also presents challenges along the way. 


Sponsored by:

T. K. and Faye A. Heston