History of Canton Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy this collected archive of past events of our great organization. It spans every decade since we were founded, and we will continue to add to it as we organize our physical archives.

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1950s

March 8, 1950

Louis Lane was the Conductor for the CSO’s 13th Season

Born in Eagle Pass, Texas, Lane earned a bachelors in music at the University of Texas and later secured a masters in music at the Eastman School of Music. He soon became the apprentice conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra and made hi debut as a conductor in Canada at the Vancouver Festival in 1960.

December 12, 1951

CSO & College of Wooster perform Haydn’s Creation

Pricilla Dubois, soprano; William Martin, tenor; and Melvin Hakola, bass, were featured as guest soloists for the CSO’s 2nd conert of the 1951-1952 season.

January 16, 1952

Premiere performance of Louis Lane’s Suite for Piano

Piano virtuoso Seymour Lipkin performed Louis Lane’s Suite for Piano for the CSO’s 3rd program of the season. He was known as “one of the most thrilling pianists of our time” after he won the Nationwide Rachmaninoff Fund Contest in 1948.

April 12, 1953

Mischa Michakoff performs with the CSO

Violinist and Concertmaster of the National Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra, Micha Mischakoff ends the CSO’s 1952-53 season.

Born in Russia, Mischakoff began to play the violin at the young age of 7 and won a scholarship only a year later to the imperial Conservatory of St. Petersburg to study under Sergei Korguiev. At just 16 years old, he graduated with the gold medal for the best violin student, gave concerts around Russia, and eventually served in the army for two years during WWI.

October 10, 1953

Pianist Menahem Pressler performs with the CSO

Guest artist Menahem Pressler kicked off the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s 17th season with a performance of “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor” by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Menahem was born in Germany and fled to Palestine due to World War II. Today, he is now hailed as the “poet of the piano” by American critics.

January 5, 1954

Samuel Thaviu performs with CSO

Born in Chicago and raised in Canton, Samuel Thaviu returned to his hometown as the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform with the CSO as a soloist. 

Notably, Thaviu’s father performed at the funeral of President William Mckinley.

March 17, 1954

Pianist Eugene Istomin performs with CSO

The American piano soloist Eugene Istomin was featured in the fourth concert of the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s 1953-54 season.

Born in New York City in 1925, Istomin soon became the protege of the famous cellist, Pablo Casals, who he performed with in music festivals around France. Istomin also held performances in Italy, Switzerland, Montreal, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and many more.

July 1, 1954

Meyers Lake concert draws 5,000

5,000 Symphony fans attended a free concert under a moonlight sky at Meyers Lake Park directed by Louis Lane.

This was the third concert of a free season thanks to generous sponsorship by Canton Local 111 of the American Federation of Musicians.

October 16, 1954

Violinist Joseph Fuchs performs with CSO

Fuchs started his career at the young age of seventeen after winning the Isaac Newton Seligman prize. He soon turned his cash prize into a round-trip ticket to Europe and went on tour around Germany and Austria. Upon returning to the United States, the musician became a solo artist and performed at top orchestras around the country. 

On October 16, 1954, Fuchs opened the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s 18th season performing with a famous Stradivarius violin that was made in 1722. 

December 12, 1954

CSO and the Canton Civic Chorus perform Handel’s Messiah

Louis Lane conducted one of the most ambitious performances of the time. With a chorus of 300 voices from the Canton Civic Chorus, and 65 musicians from the Canton Symphony Orchestra, this performance was one to be remembered as over 5,500 individuals attended this Holiday celebration.

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