Ohio’s Canton Symphony marks anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act with multiple events

Posted on: November 5, 2015

“On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act,” writes Mark Horning on Tuesday (11/3) at axs.com, a Los Angeles-based ticketing and entertainment website. “In commemoration and celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a series of discussions, exhibits and performances. The two weeks of events will culminate with a MasterWorks concert featuring the renowned Dancing Wheels Company and School” on November 21, with music by Stephen Melillo and choreography by Bobby Wesner. The Dancing Wheels Company is a Cleveland-based professional dance troupe of dancers with and without disabilities. The orchestra’s ADA-related programs include a talk by Canton Symphony Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann and Dancing Wheels Company and School Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher about living with polio and spina bifida; an exhibit of works by artists of all ages with disabilities; a presentation by Andrew Shahriari, on the music faculty at Kent State University, about positive effects of music on people with autism; and a talk by Dr. Jane Biehl about her hearing-ear dog and life after hearing loss, with free hearing assessments available for audience members.

Posted November 5, 2015

Pictured: Members of the Dancing Wheels Company, which performs with the Canton Symphony Orchestra this month.