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Summer Serenades in the Park

What happens when the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park are combined with the orchestrated sounds of musicians? Serenades in the Park happens! A free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind, and string ensembles performing all over Stark County. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite picnic food, games, and blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music.

summer serenadesThe Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in partnership with the Stark County Park District (SCPD) will present Summer Serenades in the Park, a series of seven (7) FREE concerts from June to Labor Day 2015. The first six performances are 45 minutes, and the final concert will feature the full-orchestra pops concert in September! The first six concerts will feature small ensembles of of CSO musicians in a casual concert of classics, pops, patriotic, jazz and/or folk music!

Pre-concert activities before the performances coordinated by CSO and SCPD staff will enable audience members to experience live animals, fishing, crafts, building musical instruments out of recycled materials and instrument petting zoo. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket and picnic food.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to the collaboration.  “This is the first time we have shared our music in the parks,” reflects Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Engagement. “It is a wonderful opportunity for a different type of artistic engagement for our audiences, musicians and community in general.”  Likewise, the Stark County Park District sees many benefits to the program. “The Summer Serenades series offers frequent park visitors a new way to enjoy their park and introduce first-time guests to a park and community,” says Jared Shive, SCPD Marketing Specialist. “We're excited to partner with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and bring live music performances to the most relaxing settings in Stark County."

June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm - String Quartet     
Park: Exploration Gateway
Live animal display beginning at 5:30 (in case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors)

June 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Brass Quintet     
Park: Magnolia Flouring Mills
Mill tours, instrument petting zoo, instrument building beginning at 5:30 (rain date June 24 at 6:30pm)

July 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm -  Woodwind Quintet     
Park: Walborn Reservoir
Bald eagle booth, fishing station beginning at 5:30 (rain date July 8 at 6:30pm)

July 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm - Brass Quintet     
Park: Cook’s Lagoon 
Craft activities and instrument building beginning at 3:30 (rain date July 26 at 4:30pm)

August 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm -  String Quartet       
Park: Fichtner Center   
Scavenger hunt with booths beginning at 5:30 (rain date August 14 at 6:30pm)

August 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Woodwind Quintet 
Park: Minerva Municipal Park
Live animal display and instrument petting zoo beginning at 5:30pm (rain date August 25 at 6:30pm)

September 6, 2015   6:30 pm - Full Orchestra   
Park: Petros Lake Park  
Live animal display, stuffed animal hospital, instrument building (rain date September 7 at 6:30pm)

Laura Perry Felberg


Laura Perry Felberg is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family and friends, and loves traveling near and far with her husband! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with their three rescue dogs, and volunteering for a local dog rescue!

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