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All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Oct 25, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of experts about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus. 

As One, a thought-provoking story about Hannah, a transgender woman, and the reality of human nature is November 8 through 9 at the Southern Theatre.



All Sides Weekend Arts And Culture With Christopher Purdy

Sep 27, 2019

Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of experts about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus. 

TWISTED 3, a collaboration between the Columbus Symphony, Ballet Met and Opera Columbus is September 26 through 29 at the Ohio Theater.



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It all started with Cindy Gaillard.

The denizens of Opera Columbus asked Cindy, an award-winning WOSU TV producer, about ideas for an opera with a local setting. Cindy suggested the great flood of 1913, which devastated Franklinton in March of that year, leaving horrible destruction and nearly 100 deaths. 

All Sides Weekend Arts: Opera Columbus "The Flood"

Jan 25, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus. 

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It's a torrid late-summer day as I type these lines. I equate the cooler weather and the longer evenings with opening nights!

Columbus looks forward to plenty of first nights in the next several weeks, as the new arts season begins.

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A number of years ago, two dedicated opera lovers — Julie Castrop and Heather Spence — built a new company called Opera Columbus around Alessandro Siciliani, then conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.


Opera Columbus presents Benjamin Britten's operatic horror story The Turn of the Screw in the Southern Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 27, Friday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 1.

Based on the novella of the same name by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw concerns a governess employed at a crumbling Victorian era mansion and the two children in her care. Miles and Flora appear to be charming, boisterous kids.

But all is not as it seems.

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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.


The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts take a summer break, and I step in to bring you grand opera, both favorites and the unexpected. Opera and More returns to Classical 101 at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, followed by every Saturday afternoon through the fall.

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Most people know the ditty about the toreador not spitting on the floor. 

Carmen, filled with tunes long made popular, has a foolproof story—sultry gypsy seduces clueless corporal and dumps him for a bullfighter. Wouldn't you? Unhappy corporal follows Carmen and the toreador to the bullring and stabs her to death while the crowd cheers on the the bull—the animal, I mean. Curtain. Applause.

But there's a lot more to it than that.


"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.

Recently I was reminded that Mozart wrote his final opera, Die Zauberflöte "The Magic Flute," as entertainment for a suburban theater outside Vienna. He expected the audience to be engaged, energetic and joyful. After all, those elements are clear in Mozart's music, and Emanuel Schikaneder's Theater auf der Wieden included a tavern and a casino. Between wine, billiards and Mozart, a good time was had by all.

No wine and no billiards, but Opera Columbus did a smashing job last week with an abridged Magic Flute adapted for kids.

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Opera Columbus presents Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio in an updated staging, complete with James Bond, dry martinis, beautiful people and villains just waiting to be vanquished.

Showtimes for Mission: Seraglio include 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 (Mozart's 261st birthday) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29th at the Southern Theatre.

The opera is sung in German, with English-language dialog.

In baseball, when your team needs a good batter at the last minute— either due to another batter's injury or just strategy— you enlist the help of a pinch hitter.

Last week, when the young male soprano soloist cast in Twisted 2 started to undergo a sudden voice change, the CSO, Opera Columbus, BalletMet and the Columbus Children's Choir needed a pinch hitter to step up to bat. Luckily, they have seasoned soprano, Claire Ferguson.

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.