Ohio’s Canton Symphony Orchestra celebrated renovations to Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on July 26, when the orchestra joined members of the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Renovations were designed by the Canton-based firm Motter and Meadows Architects, and include new seats and carpeting, fresh paint, new lighting in the house, an updated main lobby, expanded and repositioned restrooms, and the installation of a hearing loop, which allows those with T-coil-equipped hearing aids to hear performances without background noise. Renovations to the hall, located inside McKinley Senior High School, began in May and were funded by a campaign coordinated by the orchestra in cooperation with the Canton City School District. Chris Smith, superintendent of Canton City Schools, and Michelle Mullaly, the orchestra’s executive director, were on hand to cut the ribbon on July 26. The Cantony Sy mphony opens its 2012-13 season at Umstattd Hall on October 7 with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, and Menotti’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Lauren Roth.
Posted August 17, 2012