Today kicks off Nurses' Week and the Canton Symphony salutes the profession with a concert entitled Power and Passion.
Power and passion will be blended on Saturday, May 8, as the highly acclaimed Canton Symphony Orchestra closes its 2009-10 MasterWorks Series with a stirring tribute to nurses as part of National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12.
Symphony Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann will conduct both Adams' Wound Dresser and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last great masterpiece, Requiem. Soloists featured during Requiem include Christine McMasters, Kim Lauritsen, Drake Dantzler and Nathan Stark as well as the Canton Symphony Chorus.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Umstattd Hall at Canton McKinley Senior High School on 17th Street Northwest. A free pre-concert lecture, presented by Dr. Ann Theresa Kang Brown, begins at 7 p.m. in the hall for those attending the concert.
The concert is sponsored by The Timken Company. Score sponsors of Wound Dresser include Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Roholt Vision Institute.
At the height of the American Civil War, poet Walt Whitman served as a volunteer nurse in the Union Army hospitals. He wrote about his experiences in letters to prominent eastern newspapers, producing some of the most eloquent accounts of the nursing vocation ever written. On Saturday, May 8, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform the Wound Dresser, a piece by composer John Adams based upon those published letters.
Whitman focuses not on the war itself, but on the relationships he fosters with those he takes care of, many in their final hours. Adams so wonderfully sets Whitman's words to music that the piece has become one of the most moving tributes to the nursing profession.
Baritone soloist David Small will join the orchestra to bring these words to life. Additionally, all nurses will receive a 50 percent discount on tickets for the concert and a reception in their honor during intermission.
Soloist Small, associate professor of music at the University of Texas at Austin, not only teaches vocal music, but also has created a highly acclaimed career on the concert and operatic stage since earning his Artist's Diploma in Opera and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied under the late Metropolitan Opera basso Italo Tajo.
He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the DePauw University School of Music and also received a Bachelor of Music Voice Performance with a Performer's Certificate.
In 1991, he debuted his Figaro in The Barber of Seville for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Since then, he has enjoyed over 100 performances of the role as well as performing over 50 other operatic roles.
Small has performed his Figaro with opera companies of Dayton and Toledo as well as Lyric Opera of Cleveland and groups in several other cities across the country and in Europe.
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In addition to numerous recitals, Small also has been soloist with the Canton Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival, Austin Symphony, Fort Wayne and Rochester Philharmonics and the St. Louis Symphony among others.
Tickets for the final MasterWorks Concert at $20, $30 and $40 are available by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330452-2094; ordering online at www.cantonsymphony.org/tickets; in person at the Symphony office in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or at the Unstattd Hall box office an hour prior to the performance.