Our episode 1 guest is MJ Albacete, a native Cantonian who spent his entire professional career with the Canton Museum of Art, including serving as executive director for over 25 years. An arts educator equally versed in the visual and performing arts, he teaches classes on the history of art and architecture at Kent State Stark, has given pre-concert lectures both here at the Canton Symphony and at the Cleveland Orchestra, and hosts our online “Music History with MJ” series. He is a lifelong patron of the Canton Symphony and has been a loyal subscriber for 45 years.
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This podcast focuses on the voices of underrepresented professionals in the classical music industry, but this episode is a little different. To start off Season 3, we brought in long-time subscriber and music lover MJ Albacete to discuss why he thinks working towards a more equitable and diverse future is important for classical music. MJ is not a minority but represents a majority of the Canton Symphony Orchestra audience. We hope that his perspective will provide insight into the importance of this podcast and other initiatives like it.
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