German Genius

Released 01/08/2018


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CANTON, OH (January 5, 2018) – The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of the baroque style master J.S Bach, as well as the late romantic era genius Gustav Mahler.  This thrilling evening takes place on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of A CSO trustee, Fresh Mark, and Glenn and Joy E. Silverhart.

The first half of the concert will feature both a current and a former violinist of the CSO performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.  Vivek Jayaraman returns to the CSO and is joined by principal second violinist Solomon Liang to show off this delightful chamber orchestra piece.  The second half of the piece features Mahler’s fifth symphony, often categorized as one of his most accessible symphonies to audiences.  It is a powerful work taking the listener through an entire world of emotions, starting with a funeral march, and ending the final movement in joyful exuberance and cheer.

Vivek is a respected violinist who served as Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Vivek recently performed Bartok’s Contrasts alongside Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist, Jason Shafer and renowned concert pianist, Yefim Bronfman. His performance gained praise from South Florida Classical Review for its “admirable restraint” and “blazing virtuosity.” Vivek received a Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Solomon Liang, who is originally from Irvine, California, is the principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony and also performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony. Solomon has served in the Quartet in Residence at Banff International String Quartet Competition, and faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. In 2014, Solomon was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Liang received his Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach, and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 27, 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