The Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio has announced that, for the first time, children under the age of 18 may attend any concert in its MasterWorks series free of charge. Although there is no minimum age for attending a concert, the orchestra recommends that children should be old enough to be attentive throughout the performance without disturbing other concertgoers. The free tickets can be reserved in advance, subject to availability. “We realize that introducing students to music at an early age fosters a long-term appreciation for the arts,” states Michelle Mullaly, president and CEO of the orchestra. “By offering free student tickets we are making a visit to the orchestra a more affordable option for families.” The free-ticket program is supported by an Arts in Stark Smarts Grant, the Peter and Judith Shurman Charitable Fund at the Stark Community Foundation, and the Hoover Foundation. In addition, all the CSO’s education programs this season will be free, including the Young Peoples Concert (a full-orchestra performance for students in grades 3-6), SymphonyLand (trio performances for children ages 3-6), and the Kinder Concert (a full-orchestra performance for children ages 3-6). Visit cantonsymphony.org for more information.
Posted August 10, 2016