An Evening of old and new with the CSO

Released 02/15/2018


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CANTON, OH (Feb 15, 2018) – For their next MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra offers a selection of works for smaller orchestras, and features their principal clarinetist Randy Klein.  This lighter classical concert is on March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Leo & Linda Casey, Bob & Donna Leibensperger, W. Henry Hoover Foundation, and Schauer Insurance.

The concert opens with a contemporary piece titled Snakebite by Stephen Montague.  Finished in 1995, Snakebite is a piece reflecting on Montague’s time teaching and composing in Texas.  Next the orchestra features Randy Klein, soloing on Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece originally written for Benny Goodman, the King of Swing.  After intermission, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform an audience favorite, Mozart’s 40th symphony, immortalized by cell phone ringers across the world.

After intermission, Maestro Zimmermann will also be announcing the winner of the 2018 Music Educator of the Year award.  The honored Music Educator will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community. All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration. The nominee must be a licensed Music Educator in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center. Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible. The honored Music Educator will receive an award of $500 to be used at their discretion.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Randy Klein began clarinet studies at age 10 with Robert Cole.  Other teachers include Theodore Johnson, former clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Edward Marks, former Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University.  In 1975, he was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Mr. Klein is one of the few graduates from Curtis to have received both a Bachelor in Music Performance and an Artist’s Diploma.  While studying in Philadelphia, he was called upon several times to play in the clarinet section of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Klein has served on the faculties of Central State University (Oklahoma) and at the Oklahoma Christian College.  In addition, he has served on the faculty and performed at the National Music Camp held during the summers in Interlochen, Michigan.  His former students have gone on to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as hold positions in other professional orchestras.  Mr. Klein has also performed at the Spoleto Festival dei duo Mondi, as well as at the Blossom, Breckenridge and Elkhorn music festivals.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on March 3, 2018 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 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, 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 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