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This Friday or Saturday evening, you can hear Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony at the Southern Theatre, performed by the Columbus Symphony and conducted by Rossen Milanov, and then take a guided nature walk on Sunday afternoon.

Violinist and composer Caroline Shaw, whose composition Lo will also be performed at the concerts, will lead the Beethoven-inspired nature walk beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, just south of downtown Columbus.

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Star Wars: A New Hope, the 1977 George Lucas film that began a whole new era of outer space swashbucklers, will be shown Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Ohio Theatre. There's nothing necessarily unusual about the screening in itself, since Star Wars is a bona fide classic. What is perhaps not so common is that the Columbus Symphony will perform the film score live along with the movie.

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The indefatigable Orlay Alonso, everyone's favorite Columbus-based pianist, makes his long-awaited debut with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Southern Theatre. It's an all-Mozart program, conducted by CSO music director Rossen Milanov.

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Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler is one of the longest symphonies in the standard repertoire. There may be a few longer ones out there, but this "hymn to life, love and nature" is special. It's a musical journey that can last up to one hour and 45 minutes uninterrupted, but it is a trek well worth taking — especially if you enjoy big, late-Romantic orchestral music.

West Meets East, Abroad and in Columbus

May 12, 2017
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Last September, I wrote about the opera by Indian musician Ravi Shankar that was left unfinished when he died at the age of 92 in 2012 and about its recent completion. Sukanya premieres in England in a series of performances beginning tonight and leading up to a London performance at the Southbank Centre on May 19.

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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful," Mae West once said.

Can one city have too many performances of symphony, opera, ballet, theater and chamber music?

Absolutely not.

April has always been a busy month for the local arts calendar, but this month may be record-setting in the variety, quantity and sheer quality of local offerings. And it's just the beginning of what's to come this spring.

Elena Urioste with her violin
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Classical 101 has been the broadcast home of the Columbus Symphony since long before I got here in 1991. I was delighted to inherit responsibility for these broadcasts about 20 years ago. The recordings are made by Ed Thompson, and the broadcast preparation is by WOSU's own Kevin Petrilla and Eric French.

Join me and your orchestra (and chorus) Sunday afternoons at 1 on Classical 101, beginning this Sunday, April 2. You can also stream the broadcast online.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 28, 2016
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Today at 11am

Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he discusses upcoming Columbus performances with a panel of guests.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Sep 16, 2016
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For the second time, the Columbus flagship performing arts organizations are joining forces. Opera Columbus, BalletMet, and the Columbus Symphony will come together for a sequel performance of their successful show, Twisted. Also, VSA will be hosting an Arts and Autism Conference next week.

5 Years-50 New Pieces-$1.5 Million = FREE!

Jun 29, 2016
Jay Blakesberg

In a world where there seem to be daily stories about disappearing funding for the Arts, Kronos Quartet has a solution...give it away.

In a project called Fifty for the Future, Kronos Quartet is raising $1.5 million to commission 50 new pieces of music. It is elegant in its simplicity. Here's how it was described by Tom Vitale for the blog Deceptive Cadence from NPR.

Give the Gift of Live Music

Dec 21, 2015
Greater Columbus Arts Council

No matter how you celebrate, this is a season of giving. Gifts of time, talent, friendship, as well as gifts purchased or made.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

It's quite evident that Columbus Symphony conductor Rossen Milanov is passionate about classic film scores from Hollywood's Golden Age. You can see it on his face and hear it in his voice as he speaks about composers such as Max Steiner, Maurice Jarre, and Elmer Bernstein.

Those composers and others are the subject of a week-long focus on music written for the silver screen the CSO is calling The Hollywood Festival.

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Opera and More, the weekly opera program on Classical 101, presents Mozart's The Marriage of Figarosung in English, Saturday September 5th at 1:00 PM. Jason Hiester conducts members of the Columbus Symphony and Columbus's own Adam Cioffari came home from an international career to sing the title role. Other local favorites in the cast: Leo Welsh, Sam Hall, and Susan Millard Schwartz.

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No rest for the wicked, the weary, the musical, the theatrical, the sleepy, the curious or for a Buckeye.

Anna Vinnitskaya
Columbus Symphony Orchestra

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra Masterworks season comes to its end with two monumental works for orchestra. Join Classical 101 and host Christopher Purdy for the broadcast of the season finale at 1pm on Sunday, June 7. 

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