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Yolanda Kondonassis her harp
Mark Battrell

This weekend's concerts by the Columbus Symphony feature Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and the Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis joins the CSO for these concerts, conducted by Andres Franco. Also on the program: Astor Piazzola's Milonga del Angel and the Danses sacree et profane by Debussy.

Danish composer Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928
Charles Carlsson / Wikimedia Commons

Growing up,  I was mentored by a next door neighbor who taught music in the public schools. She died a few weeks ago at 94.  I have been thinking of her while studying the symphonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931).

Columbus Symphony conducted by form music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Columbus Symphony

This morning, in a state of happy exhaustion, I take a look at performing arts activities in Central Ohio April and May. 

Everyone knows that audience members at concerts are never happy.

The etiquette is to sit quietly in the dark. Suppress all emotional response and bodily noise. Looking happy or as if you are enjoying yourself is resolutely low rent... Schubert and Brahms were miserable, and you should be, too. The musicians aren’t there to entertain you. Conductors are there to flap their arms, wiggle their bottoms, and get paid a lot. Just look around you, right?

WRONG.*

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