Tuscarawas Philharmonic is a Resident Company at the Performing Arts Center
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic was celebrating its 75th consecutive year as the cultural cornerstone of the Tuscarawas Valley when it entered its new home as resident company in the state-of-the-art Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center in 2010. The liaison has been a fortuitous one, indeed.
A full symphony orchestra under the direction of Eric Benjamin, the Philharmonic presents a varied concert series each season, from the immortal classics to jazz to country, familiar and beloved Christmas music, including a free performance of Handel's Messiah at a local church and our free pops and patriotic concert at Tuscora Park's beautiful amphitheater each Labor Day weekend. Our current season's concerts can been seen at TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org.
The Philharmonic has the distinction of having much to offer all ages, from the many seniors who regularly attend the concerts to the children who attend concerts with their families and who eagerly await the start-up of their chorus each year.
In addition to the orchestra, the organization includes the adult Philharmonic Chorus—open to area singers high school age or older—which performs usually twice during each concert season. The Philharmonic Children's Chorus, with nearly 100 area school children on stage with the orchestra in the annual Yuletide Celebration concert, is approaching the quarter-century mark and boasts many children of former members as current singers.
The Philharmonic addresses an ever-increasing educational need in the face of the many cutbacks affecting arts in public schools. Through student honors ensembles and initiatives that supply free tickets to area high schools, many young people in our area have been introduced to fine music and enjoyed the chance to hone instrumental and choral skills and to perform on stage with a symphony orchestra–an opportunity unequalled in most communities and, even more rare, one free of cost to the participants.
Like most arts organizations, the Philharmonic, every year of its existence, is dependent on generous community support. We thank our loyal sponsors and contributors sincerely and encourage others to add their names at one of the many available levels of sponsorship to the list of those who recognize how crucial it is that we not lose this venerable and irreplaceable treasure which so greatly enhances the quality of life in the Tuscarawas Valley.
An asset of incalculable value to this area, the Philharmonic offers cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities, not only making our communities a more attractive area into which to move a family or locate a business, but also enabling musicians of all ages to use and develop their instrumental and vocal talents.
We are honored to be privileged to do so in the beautiful and elegant setting of the Performing Arts Center.