McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra

color photo of Antoine Clark conducting onstage at the MAC
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Last spring, the coronavirus pandemic forced the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra’s 2019-20 season to a premature close. This Saturday the orchestra launches its 2020-21 concert season with two outdoor performances, as the McConnell Arts Center increases its offerings of art classes and opens a new gallery exhibition.

color photo of MACCO musicians and conductor playing and conducting in separate spaces
Courtesy of the McCOnnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra

For the foreseeable future, the internet may be the only safe place where musicians and audiences can come together.

That’s why the musicians of Worthington’s McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (MACCO) have gone virtual, turning their own homes into recording studios and using smartphones and other high-tech tools to give a performance of music by J.S. Bach.

photo of Antoine Clark conducting the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
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Music in Mid-Ohio presents locally produced concerts on Classical 101, Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m..

photo of Antoine Clark conducting the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra
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Columbus conductor and clarinetist Antoine Clark wants women musicians and musicians of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to be heard.

Lutists Ronn McFarlane (left) and Paul ODette perform in concert.
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I like to call Music in Mid Ohio performances by your friends and neighbors and concerts you may have attended in person or are able to enjoy for the first time.

We get together Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. for concerts by locally based musicians plus guest artists and ensembles. Listen on Classical 101 or the WOSU Public Media Mobile App

Here's the schedule for September:

September 1
Chamber Music Columbus: Dover Quartet

Mozart: Quartet in D, K. 136

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Promoting Replay!, Classical 101's annual, magnificent instrument donation drive, my colleagues and I ask you to look under the bed, in the attic or in the garage for that flute, clarinet or violin you haven’t touched in 20 years. And you do!

That’s another story, and it’s coming!

Jack Gramann

You might be used to hearing tubas doing oom-pahs down in the basement of the musical range. But the world premiere of Columbus composer and tubist Tony Zilincik’s Tuba Concerto on Sunday afternoon might instead have you looking up at the stars.

Two poets and a composer walk into a radio studio. Nope, not the setup for a silly joke — but instead for an intriguing conversation among local artists about creating art.

Monday afternoon Columbus composer Jacob Reed and Thomas Worthington High School student poet Nat Hickman joined me in the Classical 101 studios for a conversation about writing poetry and music inspired by poetry.

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington Facebook page

One of the many joys of this job is seeing locally based talent grow to become a thriving entity. Such is the case with Antoine Clark, a young clarinetist and conductor who holds a doctorate in musical arts from Ohio State University.

Five years ago, Clark formed the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. The chamber orchestra is now entering its fifth season, in residence at the eponymous performing arts venue in Worthington.