ConverZations – Copland’s Clarinet Concerto

Released 02/05/2018


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CANTON, OHIO (December 1, 2017) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Dr. Dan Cavalancia, Marketing Manager of Canton Symphony Orchestra to our upcoming ConverZations on February 12, 2018 at noon.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our next ConverZations, Dr. Dan Cavalancia will be speaking on Copland’s Controversial Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by Benny Goodman. Goodman is more commonly known for his work as a swing band leader, but later in life moved back to more classical playing and literature. After starting to learn the concerto, he became concerned that he could not do the piece justice, so he approached Aaron Copland to rewrite the piece to make it easier for him. With barely any time left on his contract, he finally performed the piece to be the only performer of the work. Dr. Cavalancia explores the commissioning and creation of this work, and the unsettled early life of the composition.

Dr. Daniel Cavalancia currently serves as the Marketing Manager of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the General Manager of the Canton Youth Symphonies. An accomplished clarinetist, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (2012) and Master of Music (2009) from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Music (2007) from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Dr. Cavalancia has performed with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and regularly performs with the Canton Concert Band, and freelances in the Northeast Ohio region. His past performances include various chamber music and clarinet festivals, including those in Vianden, Luxembourg and Todi, Italy. His primary teachers include Dr. Caroline Hartig, Dr. Lawrence McDonald, and Dr. Kristina Jones.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit and find each of our ConverZations events on our calendar to learn about our upcoming events.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary and 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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