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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2020s

2020

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz becomes the Associate Conductor

Before becoming the Associate Conductor for the Canton Symphony Orchestra in 2020, Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brown University. Directly after, he studied under David Hayes while pursuing a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College of Music in New York City. While in New York, Matthew became a Julius Rudel Conducting Fellow for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, received mentorship from Music Director JoAnn Falletta, served as an assistant conductor for six concerts, and was featured as a guest conductor at an educational concert. After that, he served as an Assistant Conductor of the Mannes Opera and worked under Joseph Colaneri, the Glimmerglass Opera Music Director.

March 13, 2020

The Canton Symphony Orchestra Closes its Doors due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 13th was the day the Canton Symphony Orchestra had to close its doors, bringing a sad and abrupt end to the 2019-2020 season. As cases continued to rise and as schools and businesses began to close,the CSO had no choice but to end its season prematurely as the future seemed unpredictable. Although we could no longer meet in person, our staff thought of new and creative ways to interact with the public through new virtual programming.

2020

The CSO Partners with Gervasi Vineyards 

Symphony Uncorked is the title of a new series born out of the pandemic. Symphony Uncorked offered CSO patrons and attendees the opportunity to wine and dine at home while enjoying orchestral music. When regulations started to wane as the pandemic started to slow, Symphony Uncorked became an in person event as CSO musicians played on site and outdoors at Gervasi Vineyards.

January 8, 2021

The first episode of Orchestrating Change makes its debut

The Orchestrating Change podcast series was founded and hosted by Rachel Hagemeier, the manager of education and community engagement, and Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, the associate conductor. The podcast series seeks to facilitate conversations of making the hall a more welcoming place and the orchestra more accepting of diversity on stage. Orchestrating Change is available on YouTube, PodBean, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Podcasts.

2021

Converzations becomes Spirited Conversations 

Our old program, Converzations, which was launched in 2014, was switched to Spirited Conversations in 2021. This new program still gives the audience a chance to meet and talk with composers and guest artists but with a new and fun twist! The events now take place on Thursday evenings, rather than during the day. We also offer guests horderves and special drinks from our bar, Club Z!

October, 2021

The Canton Symphony Orchestra Returns with it’s 2021-22 season after Being Closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

After a year of  being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSO finally makes a comeback with the Season Overture. This concert launched the 2021-22 season with The Art of Sailing at Dawn by the Northeast Ohio composer Margaret Brouwer. A few days before the concert, CSO attendees got to meet and talk to Margaret at Spirited Conversations.

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