Rossen Milanov, Music Director

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SEP 20-22

Opening Night: A John Williams Celebration

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Dress up in your red carpet finest as our 2024-25 Masterworks season starts off with a celebration of John Williams’ extensive award-winning music catalog that includes some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in modern history. It will be a golden night with music from Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan,... Read more »

October 5, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wagner’s Ring

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Wagner: The Ring Without Words Be entranced by the legendary music of Richard Wagner’s immense operatic Ring cycle, reimagined for concert performance by legendary conductor and composer Lorin Maazel. Themes from The Ring’s four operas are expertly woven together, taking the listener on a journey through epic tales of mythical gods and... Read more »

NOV 1-2

Pictures at an Exhibition

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Maxim Lando, piano Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 Mussorgsky/Gorchakov: Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition, which masterfully paints a musical art gallery,anchors this program in two forms: in its original version for solo piano and in a rarely-heard orchestration by Sergei Gorkachov. Up-and-coming star pianist Maxim Lando... Read more »

NOV 15-17

Handel’s Messiah

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Columbus Symphony Chorus Stephen Caracciolo, chorus director Handel: Messiah Experience the grandeur and tradition of Messiah, Handel’s exultant masterpiece, featuring the Columbus Symphony Chorus. The iconic 'Hallelujah' chorus is a highlight of this beloved oratorio.

JAN 24-25

Mahler 2

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Columbus Symphony Chorus Stephen Caracciolo, chorus director Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the transcendent ‘Resurrection,’ features the return of radiant soprano Jessica Rivera and the CSO debut of mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller. Colossal in both length and orchestration, Mahler’s second symphony offers a profound reflection on life and redemption.

JAN 31-FEB 1

Beethoven’s Eroica

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Sterling Elliot, cello Corigliano: Phantasmagoria for Cello and Orchestra Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) In a Columbus Symphony co-commission, cellist Sterling Elliott performs famed composer John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria for solo cello and orchestra. Rossen leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s sweeping third symphony, the ‘Eroica,’ or “Heroic” Symphony, written in a time of... Read more »

FEB 28-MAR 1

Appalachian Spring

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Thomas Wilkins, Conductor Yazid Gray, baritone Copland: Appalachian Spring Daugherty: Letters from Lincoln Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the orchestra in this captivating program. Copland’s sparkling Appalachian Spring is considered one of his finest works. Michael Daugherty’s Letters from Lincoln, written in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth,features... Read more »

MAR 14-16

All Mozart

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Orli Shaham, piano Mozart: Overture to Così fan tutte Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 Mozart: Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”) Join us for a celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring three of his mature works. Così fan tutte, Mozart’s 1789 operatic romantic comedy, begins with the delightful overture featured here. Described as “a... Read more »

MAR 21-22

Boléro

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Luis Biava, cello Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Weber​ Bloch: Schelomo​ Bizet: L’Arleseine, Suite No. 1​ Ravel: Boléro The symphonic favorites featured on this program are what keep us coming back for more! Enjoy Ravel’s famous Boléro, a mesmerizing showcase for many of the instruments of the orchestra. Hindemith’s brilliant Symphonic... Read more »

APR 4-5

Bach & Brahms

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Joanna Frankel, violin Hugo Suoza, oboe Tower: Duets Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Hear the CSO’s own talented musicians as soloists: concertmaster Joanna Frankel and principal oboist Hugo Souza perform Bach’s captivating C minor concerto for oboe and violin. Joan Tower’s Duets spotlights shifting... Read more »

MAY 16-17

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Aubree Oliverson, violin Tchaikovsky: Prelude from The Queen of Spades Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”) A master of drama and romance, Tchaikovsky’s music transports us to his distinctive musical landscape. On this program are some of his most beloved works. Aubree Oliverson, whose performances have been described as “powerful…... Read more »

MAY 23-24

Britten War Requiem

Ohio Theatre 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH, United States

Rossen Milanov, Conductor Abigail Rethwisch, soprano Jonathan Burton, tenor Andrew Garland, baritone Columbus Symphony Chorus Stephen Caracciolo, chorus director Columbus Children’s Chorus Jeanne Wohlgamuth,director Britten: War Requiem Witness Benjamin Britten’s... Read more »