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Van Wert honors Gerhardt Zimmerman

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Gerhardt Zimmerman grew up in Van Wert and has been the conductor of the Canton Symphony for 37 years. Gerhardt Zimmerman grew up in Van Wert and has been the conductor of the Canton Symphony for 37 years.

An accomplished conductor returned to his hometown of Van Wert for a special concert Sunday afternoon.

Gerhardt Zimmerman grew up in Van Wert and has been the conductor of the Canton Symphony for 37 years.  Before the symphony performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, the mayor of Van Wert honored Zimmerman with a formal proclamation, declaring November 5th, 2017 as "Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman Day".  Zimmerman says that being back home in Van Wert to show the talent of his symphony has been a treat.

"It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here, and I don’t think of it as showing myself off, but I’m really to excited to show off the Canton Symphony, because it’s such a great orchestra," Zimmerman said.  "I tell people that this orchestra that gem of an orchestra that 95% of conductors wish they had."

Zimmerman has also been the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Texas since 2006.

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