Event Calendar

2015-16 Masterworks Series

NEW THIS YEAR!

 Postludes – Patrons are invited to stay after the concert and enjoy a variety of Postlude events following select performances. Postludes could include the performance of an additional, related work for a smaller ensemble, a post-performance discussion with Maestro Milanov and/or the featured guest soloist(s), dance demonstrations, or wine, beer, or dessert tastings. Each Postlude will complement that evening’s Masterworks program.

 TONIC Fridays – TONIC, the CSO’s young professionals group, will host post-concert cocktails with Maestro Milanov and/or musicians of the CSO following select Friday programs at a variety of Columbus’ best after-hours gathering hot spots.

 Access Concert Series – Designed to introduce people with little or no experience in classical music to some of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire, this budget-friendly concert series, designed and led by Maestro Milanov, will examine one work that will be taken apart with the help of the orchestra to illustrate important points and ideas. After intermission, the piece will be performed without interruption.

Festivals – The CSO will hold three festivals that combine music with art, knowledge, and thematically related events. They include the Hollywood Festival (November 13 & 14), Russian Winter Festival (January 8 & 9), and Festival: Vienna 1900 which will encompass two weekends of programs (April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23) at both the Ohio and Southern theatres. Each festival program will be enhanced with a variety of educational and interactive offerings, enabling patrons to become immersed in each festival’s focus across multiple disciplines.

 Mozart to Matisse – As part of each festival, the CSO and Columbus Museum of Art will collaborate in a series of afternoon lectures that pair chamber music performances by CSO musicians with works from the CMA art collection. The presentations will focus on specific periods being presented in the upcoming CSO Masterworks concert, and explore the common themes and aesthetic influences between music and visual art.  

 Subject Matter – In the week prior to each festival, The Ohio State University will host a free lecture given by a professor with expertise in the field the CSO will be exploring in the upcoming festival.

 Soundbites – Discover the taste of music when four of Columbus’ top culinary masters create a unique dish inspired by a work featured on a CSO Masterworks program and add it to the menus of their outstanding local restaurants.

Columbus Symphony/EarShot Live Composer Competition – The CSO’s popular Happy Hour Series will continue in 2015-16, however, the first Happy Hour concert (October 29) will be transformed into a Live Composer Competition presented through a new partnership with EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network. The CSO will work with emerging composers in a week-long music program, providing feedback from principal CSO musicians, Maestro Milanov, and mentor composers. Finalists will have their works performed at the Happy Hour concert. An official jury will choose one composition as winner, and the audience will also vote to choose a winner. The winning work(s) will be performed in their entirety after the intermission.

College Club – This new, $25 student membership program provides unlimited access to concerts all season long, as well as post-concert events, special member emails, and discounts for the purchase of additional student tickets.   

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2015-16 ACCESS SERIES

ACCESS 1 – BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH (What makes it great?)
Thursday, November 19, 6:30pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor

Program:
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Maestro Milanov and the CSO will take the audience on a step-by-step journey to discover how this well-known composition came together. After intermission, the CSO will perform the work in full.

Accompaniments:
Postlude

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ACCESS 2 – SHOSTAKOVICH NO. 5 (MUSIC & POLITICS)
Thursday, January 7, 6:30pm
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor

Program:
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Ever wonder how composing music could endanger your life? The CSO will explore the creation, context, and political and personal message of this incredibly powerful work by Shostakovich.

Accompaniments:
TONIC Thursday
Postlude

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2015-16 HAPPY HOUR SERIES

Happy Hour concerts offer free, 60-minute programs with a moderator who will add commentary and interview the conductor throughout the evening. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Cash bar. Free appetizers. No intermission.

HAPPY HOUR 1 – COMPOSERS’ COMPETITION
Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor

The CSO will partner with EarShot, The National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, to host a Live Composer Competition that asks the audience to choose a winner among three new music compositions. In addition, a professional jury will select an official winner of the competition. After intermission, the CSO will perform the winning work(s). The audience will be able to socialize with the composers after the concert.

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HAPPY HOUR 2 – FROM ITALY TO SPAIN VIA ALASKA
Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm
Ohio Theatre
Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor          

Program:
Respighi: Le fontane d Roma [The Fountains of Rome]
John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

This colorful musical evening is comprised of works inspired by some of the best travel destinations— Rome, Spain, and Alaska.

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2015-16 MASTERWORKS SEASON

Each Masterworks concert will also include a 30-minute Prelude dialogue with WOSU’s Christopher Purdy regarding the works to be performed that evening. Each Prelude takes place in the theatre beginning at 7pm.

The 2015-16 Masterworks season is made possible through the generous support of Anne Melvin.

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MASTERWORKS 1 – CARMINA BURANA
Friday, October 2, 8pm
Saturday, October 3, 8pm
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Hugh Russell, baritone
Columbus Symphony Chorus – Ronald Jenkins, chorus director

Program:
Harris: A Lyric Fanfare
Orff: Carmina Burana

The CSO launches its 2015-16 Masterworks season with the beloved and electrifying Carmina Burana. This compelling choral spectacular has been quoted and imitated on countless movie soundtracks and television commercials galore, and celebrates the basic pleasures of life—springtime, food, wine, and love! The orchestra will also pay tribute to one of Columbus’ own, composer Donald Harris, with his 2003 composition for orchestra, A Lyric Fanfare.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Soundbites – Dish inspired by Orff’s Carmina Burana
TONIC Friday

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MASTERWORKS 2 – TCHAIKOVSKY & PROKOFIEV
Friday, October 23, 8pm

Saturday, October 24, 8pm
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Haochen Zhang, piano

Program:
Strauss: Don Juan
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky’s soulful Symphony No. 4 portrays his battle against fate, the cold-hearted power he believed ruled his life. Guest pianist Haochen Zhang, co-winner of the Gold Medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, will expertly undertake the consummate challenges of the Prokofiev piano concerto, and Maestro Milanov will bring to vivid life the heartless seducer of Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan.

Accompaniments:
Prelude

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MASTERWORKS 3 – BEETHOVEN & BRAHMS
Friday, October 30, 8pm
Saturday, October 31, 8pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Shai Wosner, piano

Program:
Bermel: A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

This rich and substantial program offers the lyricism of Brahms’ warm-hearted symphony and the refreshing humor of Beethoven’s concerto performed by guest pianist Shai Wosner. Derek Bermel’s composition was inspired by the poignant letters of the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók written while in exile in America during the final years of his life.

Accompaniments:
Prelude

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MASTERWORKS 4 – THE HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL-CLASSIC FILM SCORES
Friday, November 13, 8pm
Saturday, November 14, 8pm
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Columbus Symphony Chorus – Ronald Jenkins, chorus director

Program:
Steiner: Tara - Short Poem for Orchestra
Bernstein: Main Title from The Magnificent Seven
Herrmann: Psycho
Jarre: Suite from Lawrence of Arabia
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

From the surging melodies of Gone with the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia to the spine-tingling music of Hitchcock’s Psycho, this thrilling and nostalgic program offers some of the world’s most celebrated movie music. The concert climaxes with Sergei Prokofiev’s vibrant cantata drawn from his score for the 1938 Russian epic, Alexander Nevsky.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Soundbites – Dish inspired by Jarre’s Lawrence of Arabia
TONIC Friday
Mozart to Matisse – Wednesday, November 4 – American Art and Music of the 1930s
Subject Matters – Tuesday, November 10 – Hollywood: In Search of the Perfect Soundtrack

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MASTERWORKS 5 – MOZART CLARINET CONCERTO
Friday, November 20, 8pm
Saturday, November 21, 8pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Ricardo Morales, clarinet

Program:
Britten: Simple Symphony
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto, one of his last and most beautiful works, anchors this superlative program that also features one of Beethoven’s most light-hearted symphonies, and Benjamin Britten’s engaging work based on delightful themes composed in his youth.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Postlude

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RUSSIAN WINTER FESTIVAL
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor

MASTERWORKS 6A – MUSSORGSKY: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
Friday, January 8, 8pm

Program:
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake
Stravinsky: Circus Polka
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

This two-part celebration offers the crème de la crème of Russia’s countless treasures including the elegant melodies of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved ballet, the riveting celebrations of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and the vivid gallery of sketches that make up Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

MASTERWORKS 6b – RACHMANINOFF: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
Saturday, January 9, 8pm
Natasha Paremski, piano

Program:
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

The second program of the Russian Winter Festival boasts two monumental scores—Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic and expansive Piano Concerto No. 3 (featured in the Oscar-winning movie Shine), and Shostakovich’s mighty Fifth Symphony, the bold piece in which he defied the brutal Soviet government at the risk of his own life.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Soundbites – Dish inspired by Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition
Subject Matter – Tuesday, January 5 - Russia and its Cultural Elite in the Late 19th Century
Mozart to Matisse – Wednesday, January 6 – Chagall and the Great Russian Composers

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MASTERWORKS 7 – MUSICAL POSTCARDS
Friday, February 19, 8pm
Saturday, February 20, 8pm
Ohio Theatre
Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano

Program:
Smetana: "The Moldau" from Má vlast
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian")
John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White
Respighi: Le fontane di Roma [The Fountains of Rome]
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

This glamorous musical journey begins in the rolling greenery of the Czech countryside (Smetana), stops in the shimmering sands of Egypt (Saint-Saëns), offers a glimpse of expansive Alaskan landscapes (Adams), and views the ancient glories of Rome (Respighi) before concluding with the scintillating songs and dances of a fiery Spanish fiesta (Rimsky-Korsakov).

Accompaniments:
Prelude
TONIC Friday
Postlude

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MASTERWORKS 8 – DVOŘÁK & HAYDN
Friday, March 18, 8pm
Saturday, March 19, 8pm
Ohio Theatre

Robert Moody, conductor
Mark Kosower, cello

Program:
Theofanidis: Muse
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

In his magnificent Symphony No. 7, Czech master Antonín Dvořák set aside his usual practice of drawing upon his country’s folk music and created a solid, mainstream symphony worthy of Brahms’ approval. This concert also features an engaging cello concerto by Haydn performed by the principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra, Mark Kosower, and Christopher Theofanidis’ Muse, an attractive homage to Bach commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for its New Brandenburg Project.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Postlude

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MASTERWORKS 9 – MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH
Friday, April 1, 8pm
Saturday, April 2, 8pm
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Martha Guth, soprano
Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano
Jonas Marcel Hacker, tenor
Alex Lawrence, baritone
Columbus Symphony Chorus – Ronald Jenkins, chorus director

Program:
Mendelssohn: Elijah

One of the supreme examples of music for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, Mendelssohn’s glorious oratorio Elijah tells the story of the Old Testament prophet charged with bringing Israel back into God’s fold. Stirring choruses, including Thanks Be to God, and gorgeous arias abound in this uplifting masterpiece.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Postlude

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FESTIVAL: VIENNA 1900 – TRADITION & MODERNISM
April 15-23
Ohio Theatre

MASTERWORKS 10 – UPSHAW SINGS MAHLER AND GOLIJOV
Friday, April 15, 8pm
Saturday, April 16, 8pm
Ohio Theatre

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Program:
Strauss: Voices of Spring Waltzes
Golijov: Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw will demonstrate her unsurpassed versatility with songs written for her by Musical America’s Composer of the Year and Grammy Award winner Osvaldo Golijov, as well as the role of a young angel praising the delights of heaven in the radiant finale of Mahler’s sweetest symphony.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Soundbites – Dish inspired by Strauss’ Voices of Spring
TONIC Friday
Postlude
Mozart to Matisse – Wednesday, April 6 – Art in Vienna
Subject Matter – Tuesday, April 12 – The Vienna of Sigmund Freud and his Interpretation of Dreams

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MASTERWORKS 11 – MOZART & SCHUBERT 
Friday, April 22, 8pm
Saturday, April 23, 8pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Program:
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schubert/Liszt: Wanderer Fantasy
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter")

In homage to Franz Schubert, the great pianist and composer Franz Liszt took Schubert’s piano solo and transcribed it for piano and orchestra. The resulting Wanderer Fantasy is a dynamic and colorful work combining the talents of these two musical giants. Mozart’s final and most masterful symphony anchors this absorbing and intriguing program.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
Postlude

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MASTERWORKS 12 – LATIN FIESTA HOMAGE TO TANGO
Friday, May 20, 8pm
Saturday, May 21, 8pm
Southern Theatre
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Program:
Golijov: Last Round
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes

South American fireworks ignite as the CSO wraps up the 2015-16 Masterworks season with a tribute to tango featuring The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by tango master Astor Piazzolla, a charming and spicy, yet playfully modern set of four violin concertos. The program also offers in-demand composer Osvaldo Golijov’s unique and ingenious Last Round, a tango-flavored work inspired by Piazzolla, and a brilliant showpiece by Ginastera that focuses the spotlight on the orchestra’s principal players.

Accompaniments:
Prelude
TONIC Friday
Postlude

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Patrons wanting to renew current subscriptions can begin doing so on April 1. New subscriptions will go on sale May 1 at 10am. The following packages are available:

Masterworks 12 – Includes all 12 Masterworks programs in the Ohio and Southern Theatres, free parking for one vehicle to each concert, and four free tickets for friends or family to attend any Masterworks performance. Subscription packages range from $276-$744.

Masterworks 8 – Includes the eight Masterworks programs to be performed in the Ohio Theatre only and two free tickets for friends or family to attend any Masterworks performance. Subscription packages range from $184-$496.

Southern 4 – Includes the four Masterworks programs to be performed in the Southern Theatre only. Subscription packages range from $92-$248.

Masterworks Pick 4 Plus – Choose any four Masterworks programs from any of the 12 Masterworks programs in both the Ohio and Southern Theatres. Subscription packages for four shows range from $88-$260. Pick 5 or more shows to receive a greater savings.

Flex Ticket Subscription – Choose your own shows, any night, any theatre, any series. Must purchase a minimum of six Flex Tickets. Subscription packages start at $270.

College Club – Students that purchase a $25 annual membership will receive free admission for one to all Masterworks concerts and post-concert events all season long, special membership emails, and the ability to purchase up to four additional student tickets for $8 each.

Subscriptions can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or by phone at (614) 469-0939.

Single tickets will go on sale to the public at 10am on Monday, August 3.