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Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert—The Butler Institute of American Art
Now through Feb. 17 524 Wick Ave. Youngstown. This traveling collection of carved and dyed leather works creates a vibrant imagery of the African American artist’s life in 1950s-‘60s Georgia. The exhibition primarily depicts the grueling task of cotton picking that the artist endured in childhood and as an adult serving on a prison chain gang. Admission to the museum is voluntary. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.butlerart.org.
Pastel Society of America: 46th Annual Exhibition—The Butler Institute of American Art
Through Feb. 24 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Drawn from The Pastel Society of North America’s annual fall exhibition, this exhibit features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters. Each year The Butler shows selected works from the society’s annual show in the museum’s Giffuni Pastel Gallery. For more information, visit www.butlerart.com.
Continuum: Art of the Cleveland School and Beyond—Canton Museum of Art in Partnership with ARTneo
Now through March 3 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton. In the 1920s, Cleveland’s position as the center for American watercolor painting and its strong connection with commercial and fine art ceramics helped to define what is commonly known as “Cleveland School” artists. Continuum focuses on the newer generation of artists, from 1960 on, who have continued in the path of their predecessors. The exhibit will travel between the Canton Museum of Art and ARTneo, incorporating pieces owned by each museum in addition to those from private lenders. Admission is free on Thursdays. For more information, call 330-453-0637 or visit www.cantonart.org.
Corvettes of the Valley—National Packard Museum
Now through April 14 1899 Mahoning Ave., Warren. This exhibit features one car from each of the seven different generations of Corvettes produced since 1953. It also celebrates the history of Corvette clubs of the Mahoning and Shenango valleys. For more information, call 330-394-1899 or visit www.packardmuseum.org.
Tchaikovsky No. 4—Akron Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. A journey into the heart of Russian repertoire begins with Mussorgsky’s evocation of dawn on the Moscow River. Prokofiev’s popular concerto abounds in rhythmic vitality and Slavic lyricism. With the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony—in the hands of Maestro Zander—you can expect an utterly fresh reading of a well-loved masterwork. For more information, call 330-535-1831 or visit akronsymphony.org.
Eroica: Beethoven Symphony No. 3—Canton Symphony
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2331 17th St. NW, Canton. Beethoven’s symphonies laid the foundations for romantic symphonic literature through the 1800s. Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann shows the very beginnings of one of these symphonies and how another masterful composer, Richard Strauss, paid homage to one of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies, Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Concert prelude with Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 330-452-2094 or visit cantonsymphony.org.
La Mer—Akron Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. E.J.Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Claude Debussy summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Composer Stella Sung’s seascape introduces a watery dialogue between marine and human life. For more information or tickets, call 330-535-8181 or visit www.akronsymphony.org.
Russian Spectacular—Mansfield Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Renaissance Performing Arts Hall, 138 Park Ave. W., Mansfield. Prince Igor comes to life when 120 talented instrumentalists share the stage as the MSO and Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra open the concert with best-loved classics from Russian masters including Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. For more information or tickets, call 419-522-2726 or visit www.mansfieldtickets.com.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood—KSU School of Theatre and Dance
Feb. 22–March 3 E. Turner Stump Theatre, 17 Theatre Dr., Kent. The Music Hall Royale is thrilled to present the ultimate murder mystery of what happened to Edwin Drood. Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is a hilarious whodunit where the audience plays detective and decides who committed the murder. For more information or tickets, call 330-672-2787 or visit www.kent.edu/theatredance.
Gospel Meets Symphony—Akron Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the powerful voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir come together for an inspired community celebration. It is one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions. For more information or tickets, call 330-535-8181 or visit www.akronsymphony.org.