Divergent Sounds: Greco-Americana Meets the Symphony

Released 05/09/2019


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The Canton Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of “Divergent Sounds”  on Thursday, May 23rd  in Foundation Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, featuring Youngstown musician Demos Papadimas. Demos combines European influenced music with American style blues. This groundbreaking new series has been a huge hit with fans of not only the orchestra and guest bands, but people interested in live, local music in Northeast Ohio.  This concert series is presented in collaboration with 91.3 The Summit and with the generous support of Mark & Beverly Belgya.

Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas cites  among his influences Dylan-esque balladry, Leonard Cohen’s latter day touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show as well as Greek Rembetiko—the “Greek blues.”

Lyrically, this self-described “cynical optimist” infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary lyrics. When Papadimas sings, “Somehow I’ve dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain’t got religion is really just a surprise” he shares his sense of bemused wonder. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Papadimas writes meditative travelogues that are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.

Our Divergent Sounds Series for this season has one more concert.  This concert “80s Indie Pop Meets the Symphony” is on June 13th and features Akron group The Ledges.  We will kick off next season in September with singer/songwriter J. D. Eicher.   All of our Divergent Sounds concerts are at 7:30 at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on May 23rd, 2018 are $10 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra Box Office in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra 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, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.


Dan Cavalancia, Marketing Manager