Books of my life | Gerhardt Zimmermann

Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann begins his 37th year as Music Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann begins his 37th year as Music Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Born in Ohio, Zimmermann and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Anna Marie and Peter Karl Irum, and two grandchildren.

Q. What is the book that shocked you the most?

A. “The Bad Place” by Dean Koontz (382 pages, 1990).

Q. Who is your favorite author and why?    

A. Stephen King. When I read his books, it always feels as if I am sitting next to him, enjoying a cup of coffee or having a drink, with him simply spinning a yarn.

Q. What is the first book you remember reading?

A. Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars” by Ellen MacGregor (94 pages, 1951). In elementary school, I just loved these Pickerell adventures.

Q. What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?

A. The magazine section—music and art/architecture and sports, particularly football.

Q. What is your favorite book twist?

A. Winter Fire” by William R. Trotter (464 pages, 1993). A young conductor is conscripted into the German army during WWII. Taking place close to the magical forests of Finland, the German corporal meets Jean Sibelius, the famous composer who wrote “Finlandia.” They strike up a close friendship in this novel of fantasy, history and musical appreciation. The twist at the end is simply a story out of The Twilight Zone. FANTASTIC FICTION!

Q. What is next up on your reading list?

A. Corresponding with Carlos: A Biography of Carlos Kleiber” (404 pages, 2011).

Q. What is the last book that made you cry?

A. A financial book on strategic planning for retirement.

Books available at the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass