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Rick Buchanan / ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

Go big or go home. Pull out all the stops.

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Conducting is both art and science

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

The Southern Theatre hosts ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's annual Messiah sing-along at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. David Danzmayr conducts the wonderful ProMusica Chamber Orchestra we know and love, plus orchestra students and local music directors.

And the chorus? Well, you're the chorus. I'm the chorus. All of us who show up are the chorus.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closes its season this weekend with what they hope becomes a long-running tradition—music director David Danzmayr and creative partner and principal guest artist Vadim Gluzman on stage together.

They say all good things must come to an end. This, however, is not an ending, but simply a transition.

ProMuscia Chamber Orchestra takes a bow
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One of my favorite aspects of Classical concerts is an audience's reception of the music. I've seen it all; boredom, sleeping, edge-of-your-seat anticipation, and complete rapture. Never have I seen an audience respond with such an appreciation for Prokofiev and Schubert as I did last night, and it was truly earned by every musician onstage.

Marco Borggreve

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closed out the 2015-2016 season with two of classical music's greatest masterpieces...Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, also known as simply, The Great.

Rick Buchanan

The composer/performer used to be a common thing. Think Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. It isn't as common as it once was, but ProMusica likes to find and feature those musicians in their concerts.

Rich Buchanan

You can never accuse ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of resting on their laurels.  The 2015-2016 season opens with a bang.

Mozart's Linz Symphony, something he dashed off in just a few days, is featured, along with a Michael Haydn symphony which has an introduction written by his friend Wolfgang.

There was a time in the United States when life moved a little slower, summer evenings lasted a little longer, and the local park was the place to be each week for an outdoor concert. 

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

Rick Buchanan

Arts education in schools is a regular topic these days.  With teachers and students alike wrestling with new testing requirements - and the enormous amount of time that eats up - many consider the arts expendable. This is not news to most of you, I'm certain.

If you want to find out just how wrong that attitude is, talk to any musician.

At ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, putting instruments into the hands of students and teaching them how to play them has become a mission.  ProMusica's website explains the program as follows::

Vadim Gluzman with a violin
Marco Borggreve

Vadim Gluzman is ProMusica's Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.  He joins Music Director David Danzmayr for two performances of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 this weekend at the Southern Theatre.

David Danzmayr and Vadim Gluzman
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

In years past, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closed it's season with a gala concert.  This season, ProMusica's Soiree was moved to February, but that doesn't mean they're not closing the season with a gala concert.

David Danzmayr in front of the Columbus skyline
Rick Buchanan

At one time, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner were friends – kind of in an Odd Couple sort of way. Wagner would complain about someone’s conducting, Mendelssohn would think it was great. No word on who was the neat one and who was the slob. I shall keep my opinion to myself.