A special greeting from the orchestra
Dennis R. Smith wrote the following (in The Repository) to the CSO:
An early editorial on the CSO, from The Repository
The day after a Canton Symphony concert featuring violinist Frederick Vogelgesang, which drew an audience of 3,000 to the city auditorium, this editorial appeared in The Repository:
“When the echo of the closing note in last night’s symphony concert lost itself in city auditorium, there was an almost tangible sense of civic pride.
It was the tenth concert given by the orchestra, the tenth satisfied crowd, the end of the orchestra’s second full season.
What was an experiment two and a half years ago had become a soundly established institution in the community, assured of continued support.
Its future is assured, not because the necessary funds are in hand, but because the necessary confidence has been won. To borrow a phrase from commerce, the orchestra has “consumer acceptance.”
Quality of its music, good from the outset, was measurably better this season than it was last season. The kinks that originally made preparation for concerts difficult are gone. Conductor Oppenheim has developed an orchestra from what was originally a crowd of musicians.
Congratulations to those who have had the vision and determination to give Canton one of its valued civic assets.”
Australian-born composer, arranger & pianist Percy Grainger performs with the CSO as piano soloist
The second photograph is a reminiscence/journal entry written by Percy Grainger while in Canton in 1944 for his performance. Grainger soon returned as piano soloist for the Orchestra’s 1947-48 season.
One of the most famous pianists of the 20th century, Jesús Maria Sanromá, is among the renowned soloists during the CSO’s 1945-46 season
The Puerto Rican pianist Jesús Maria Sanromá starred at the Canton Symphony Orchestra on October 16, 1945. With an education from the New England Conservatory of Music, today, he is known as one of the most accomplished pianists of the 20th century.
Imperial Russian born violinist, Tossy Spivakovsky, performs with the CSO
Tossy Spivakovsky appeared as a guest violinist for the Canton Symphony Orchestra on December 5, 1945.
He was born in the late Russian Empire in a part that now lands inside modern day Ukraine, and moved to Berlin as a child. He took private music lessons at a Hochschule in Berlin, studying under Arrigo Serato and Willy Hess.
When he was ten, he began his performing career, and started touring Europe at the Young age of thirteen.
The orchestra’s first chapter comes to a sudden, and sad, close
Canton Economist: “Save the Symphony”
Louis Lane is named Music Director
Some interesting background on Lane from around the same time:
Louis Lane had never conducted an orchestra in 1947 when he auditioned for an apprenticeship with George Szell, legendary music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. The audition required each candidate to “shadow conduct” the first movement of a symphony by Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms. Lane chose Mozart’s Symphony no. 28 because he thought that Szell might not be familiar with it. (Eventually Szell recorded it.)
While Lane conducted himself humming Mozart’s themes, Szell followed along in the miniature score Lane had borrowed from the library at the Eastman School of Music,
where he was a graduate student. Szell then asked Lane to sit down at the piano and play Chopin’s “E-Major Etude”—in a different key. Having accomplished that daunting challenge, Lane was given an hour to orchestrate a Beethoven piano sonata. After he had completed about 30 bars, Szell voiced his approval and said “I think you will do.” That was high praise from the stern maestro with whom Lane was associated for the next 23 years as apprentice conductor, assistant conductor, associate conductor, keyboard player, chorus accompanist and music director of the summer pops orchestra. In addition to his work with the Cleveland Orchestra, he directed Lake Erie Opera Theater and the Akron and Canton symphonies.