Columbus Symphony Announces
2014-15 Masterworks and Pops Season Lineups
The Columbus Symphony today announced its 2014-15 Masterworks and Pops seasons. Masterworks will continue to present eight concerts at the Ohio Theatre and four concerts at the Southern Theatre. All Pops concerts will remain at the Ohio Theatre.
New for the 2014-15 Southern Theatre concerts is the addition of 7:30pm Thursday evening performances with tickets starting at just $10. The Sunday afternoon performances at the Southern Theatre have been eliminated.
2014-15 MASTERWORKS SEASON
MASTERWORKS 1 – TWISTED
World premiere of an unprecedented collaboration between the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus, BalletMet, and Columbus Symphony Chorus
Thursday, September 25, 7:30pm
Friday, September 26, 8pm
Saturday, September 27, 8pm
Sunday, September 28, 1pm
Written and directed by Crystal Manich
Joseph Mechavich, conductor
Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Rossini: “Largo al factotum” from Barber of Seville
Puccini: “Quando m’en vo” from La Boheme
Mozart: “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from Magic Flute
Delibes: Flower duet from Lakme
Puccini: “O Mimì, tu più non torni” from La Boheme
Mozart: “Soave il vento” from Cosi fan tutte
Verdi: Anvil chorus from Il Trovatore
Rossini: “Siete voi?” from Cenerentola
Copland: “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land
Britten: Storm scene from Peter Grimes
Mozart: “Deh vieni alla finestra” from Don Giovanni
Saint-Saens: “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson and Delilah
Bizet: “Habanera” from Carmen
Strauss: “Traumeri am Kamin” from Intermezzo
Lehar: “Dein ist mein ganzes herz” from The Land of Smiles
Boito: Final Psalmody from Mephistopheles
In an unprecedented collaboration, more than 200 artists from Opera Columbus, BalletMet, and the Columbus Symphony and Chorus join forces in the must-see arts event of the season. A brilliant integration of singers, dancers, musicians, and a guest narrator will come together on stage to reveal one man’s twisted life story through dance premieres from five of today’s hottest choreographers set to a feast of classical music from beloved operas including La Bohéme, The Magic Flute, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and more.
MASTERWORKS 2 – BAROQUE FESTIVAL
Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm
Friday, October 17, 8pm
Saturday, October 18, 8pm
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F Major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Boyce: Symphony No. 1 in B Flat Major
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (“London”)
The internationally revered Baroque-era master Nicholas McGegan conducts a superlative banquet of eighteenth-century delights. The menu includes three great works associated with London, including Haydn’s final symphony, plus Bach’s enchanting Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.
MASTERWORKS 3 – ANGELS & DEMONS
Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm
Friday, October 31, 8pm
Saturday, November 1, 8pm
Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor
Betsy Sturdevant, bassoon
Liza Ferschtman, violin
Schubert: Overture to Des Teufels Lustschloss
Corigliano: “Chaconne” from The Red Violin
Greenwood: Suite from There Will Be Blood
Daugherty: Dead Elvis
Kernis: Musica Celestis
Colorful and intriguing music depicting saints and sinners (and several characters that combine those roles) makes up this exhilarating program. You’ll enjoy everything from the haunting Chaconne from John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning music for the movie The Red Violin to a cheeky mini-concerto for bassoon that pays homage to the “King of Rock and Roll” to the angelic strains of Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’s Musica Celestis.
MASTERWORKS 4 – BEETHOVEN & DON QUIXOTE
Friday, November 21, 8pm
Saturday, November 22, 8pm
Andrew Grams, conductor
Luis Biava, cello
Karl Pedersen, viola
Falla: Suite No. 2 from The Three Cornered Hat
Strauss: Don Quixote
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven’s most engaging symphony shares a program with Strauss’ wise, compelling tone poem tracing the whimsical adventures of an aging, chivalrous Spanish knight (portrayed by solo cello) and sensuous, rollicking selections from Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat.
MASTERWORKS 5 – DVOŘÁK’S NINTH – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Friday, January 9, 8pm
Saturday, January 10, 8pm
Eugene Tzigane, conductor
Kevin Deas, baritone
Columbus Symphony Chorus
Joseph Horowitz, Festival Host/Program Advisor
Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Copland: Old American songs
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
While the homesick Czech composer Dvořák was living in New York, he combined his nostalgic longing for his homeland with the heartfelt spirit of African-American spirituals into his most beloved work, the richly emotional ‘New World’ Symphony. This fascinating program places it side-by-side with the type of songs that inspired it, plus favorite American folk songs arranged by Aaron Copland.
MASTERWORKS 6 – ORGAN SYMPHONY
Friday, January 30, 8pm
Saturday, January 31, 8pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello
Mason Bates: Mothership
Mason Bates: Cello Concerto
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)
The thunderous spectacle of Saint-Saëns’ towering symphony for organ and orchestra shares the bill with the newly commissioned cello concerto by one of today’s most gifted and imaginative composers, Mason Bates.
MASTERWORKS 7 – PORGY AND BESS – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Friday, February 20, 8pm
Saturday, February 21, 8pm
John DeMain, conductor
Xiayin Wang, piano
Jonita Lattimore, soprano
Kevin Deas, baritone
Columbus Symphony Chorus
Ellington: Les trios rois noirs (The Three Black Kings)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Gershwin/Bennett: Porgy and Bess
Enjoy some of George Gershwin’s greatest music including extensive selections from his glorious opera Porgy and Bess (“Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess,” “You Is My Woman Now”) and his brilliant and bluesy Piano Concerto. An orchestral suite by jazz legend Duke Ellington completes the bill with an uplifting tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
MASTERWORKS 8 – RHAPSODY IN BLUE – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Thursday, February 26, 7:30pm
Friday, February 27, 8pm
Saturday, February 28, 8pm
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha
Schulhoff: Jazz Suite for Chamber Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Antheil: Jazz Symphony
Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe
This concert offers not only Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the all-time classic synthesis of Carnegie Hall and Tin Pan Alley, but two more pieces with similar flavors by Gershwin’s fellow American, George Antheil, and Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff.
MASTERWORKS 9 – BOLERO & PERCUSSION
Friday, March 20, 8pm
Saturday, March 21, 8pm
Carl St. Clair, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Rautavaara: Incantations (Percussion Concerto)
The hypnotic crescendo of Ravel’s Bolero sets the heart racing like no other piece of music while offering an unsurpassed display of orchestral virtuosity. It’s paired with Finnish composer Rautavaara’s electrifying percussion concerto, Incantations, and Brahms’ sweeping and melodic third symphony.
MASTERWORKS 10 – FINDLANDIA & FAURÉ
Friday, April 24, 8pm
Saturday, April 25, 8pm
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Hélène Brunet, soprano
Phillip Addis, tenor
Columbus Symphony Chorus
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5
The heavenly beauty of Fauré’s Requiem provides a soothing epilogue to Sibelius’ thrilling call to freedom and Nielsen’s stirring symphonic ode to optimism.
MASTERWORKS 11 – COPLAND’S APPALACHIAN SPRING
Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm
Friday, May 15, 8pm
Saturday, May 16, 8pm
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Yolanda Kondanasis, harp
Piazzolla: Milonga del Angel
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Revel in the music of the Americas with the bold colors and spicy rhythms of Mexico’s Revueltas, the sultry jazz infusion of Argentine tango master Piazzolla, and the cheerful folksiness of “the dean of American composers,” Aaron Copland. This enticing program also offers a rare opportunity to enjoy two delectable works for harp and orchestra—the Ginastera concerto channels tropical heat and Debussy’s chamber work incites sweet reverie.
MASTERWORKS 12 – BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY
Friday, May 22, 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 8pm
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya, piano
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
The 2014-15 Masterworks season comes to a stunning climax with two monumental works for orchestra—a mighty piano concerto by Brahms and a compelling symphony in which Tchaikovsky faces the dark forces of providence and invites us to celebrate joyous victory with him.
2014-15 POPS SEASON
All Pops concerts will be held in the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.).
THE CELTIC TENORS
Saturday, October 4, 8pm
The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors guarantee a professional, sparkling, and good-humored performance featuring gorgeous Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma.”
DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON
Saturday, November 15, 8pm
Featuring music from Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and many more, this brand new orchestra event features Danny Elfman’s famous film scores brought to life on stage by the Columbus Symphony with big screen visuals of Tim Burton’s original film sketches, drawings, and storyboards.
Friday, December 5, 8pm
Saturday, December 6, 8pm
Sunday, December 7, 3pm
Ronald J. Jenkins, conductor
Columbus Symphony Chorus
Columbus Children’s Choir
A great annual Columbus tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will also stop by to help spread holiday cheer!
CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE
Saturday, January 24, 8pm
Cirque de la Symphonie is a unique and elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra, adapting the stunning artistry of cirque with the majesty of a full symphony orchestra. The program will feature works from the world’s greatest composers while showcasing some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen.
ABBA THE CONCERT
Saturday, February 14, 8pm
ABBA the Concert is the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling audiences with their fantastic performances of the most iconic ABBA hits of all time including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,”and “Dancing Queen.”
TBA – Special CSO Gala Performance
Saturday, April 18, 8pm
Patrons wanting to renew current subscriptions can begin doing so on March 24. New subscriptions will go on sale May 15. The following packages are available:
Masterworks 12 – Includes all 12 Masterworks programs in both the Ohio and Southern Theatres. Subscription packages range from $276-$744.
Masterworks 8 – Includes the eight Masterworks programs to be performed in the Ohio Theatre only. Subscription packages range from $184-$496.
Masterworks 4 – Includes the four Masterworks programs to be performed in the Southern Theatre only. Subscription packages range from $96-$252.
Masterworks Pick 4 – Choose any four Masterworks programs at the Ohio Theatre only. Subscription packages range from $100-$260.
Pops Series Subscription – Includes all six Pops programs to be performed at the Ohio Theatre. Subscription packages range from $138-$372.
Flex Ticket Subscription – Choose your own shows, any night, any theatre, any series. Must purchase a minimum of five Flex Tickets. Subscription packages start at $225.
Subscriptions can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or by phone at (614) 228-8600.
Single tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, August 14.
Programs and artists are subject to change.
The CSO is grateful for the financial support provided by Franklin County and the City of Columbus. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Charlotte R. Haller, James W. Overstreet, Kenneth L. Coe, and Jack Barrow funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.
About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.
Contact: Rolanda Copley