Columbus Symphony Announces 2014-15 Masterworks and Pops Season Lineups

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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

 

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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

Ohio Theatre

Written and directed by Crystal Manich

Joseph Mechavich, conductor

 

Program:

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 BohémeThe Magic FluteIl TrovatoreDon GiovanniCarmen, and more.

 

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MASTERWORKS 2 – BAROQUE FESTIVAL
Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm

Friday, October 17, 8pm

Saturday, October 18, 8pm

Southern Theatre

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

 

Program:

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 3 – ANGELS & DEMONS

Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm

Friday, October 31, 8pm

Saturday, November 1, 8pm

Southern Theatre

Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor

Betsy Sturdevant, bassoon

Liza Ferschtman, violin

 

Program:

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 4 – BEETHOVEN & DON QUIXOTE

Friday, November 21, 8pm

Saturday, November 22, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

Andrew Grams, conductor

Luis Biava, cello

Karl Pedersen, viola

 

Program:

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 5 – DVOŘÁK’S NINTH – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL

Friday, January 9, 8pm

Saturday, January 10, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

Eugene Tzigane, conductor 

Kevin Deas, baritone

Columbus Symphony Chorus

Joseph Horowitz, Festival Host/Program Advisor

 

Program:

DvořákCarnival Overture

Copland: Old American songs

Traditional Spirituals

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 6 – ORGAN SYMPHONY

Friday, January 30, 8pm

Saturday, January 31, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

Robert Moody, conductor

Joshua Roman, cello

 

Program:

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 7 – PORGY AND BESS – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL

Friday, February 20, 8pm

Saturday, February 21, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

John DeMain, conductor

Xiayin Wang, piano

Jonita Lattimore, soprano

Kevin Deas, baritone

Columbus Symphony Chorus

 

Program:

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 8 – RHAPSODY IN BLUE – AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL

Thursday, February 26, 7:30pm

Friday, February 27, 8pm
Saturday, February 28, 8pm
Southern Theatre

Donato Cabrera, conductor

Orli Shaham, piano

           

Program:

DvořákHumoresque

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 9 – BOLERO & PERCUSSION

Friday, March 20, 8pm

Saturday, March 21, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

Carl St. Clair, conductor

Colin Currie, percussion

 

Program:

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Rautavaara: Incantations (Percussion Concerto)

Ravel: Bolero

 

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 10 – FINDLANDIA & FAURÉ

Friday, April 24, 8pm

Saturday, April 25, 8pm
Ohio Theate

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Hélène Brunet, soprano

Phillip Addis, tenor

Columbus Symphony Chorus

 

Program:

Sibelius: Finlandia

Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Fauré: Requiem

 

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 11 – COPLAND’S APPALACHIAN SPRING

Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm

Friday, May 15, 8pm

Saturday, May 16, 8pm

Southern Theatre

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Yolanda Kondanasis, harp

 

Program:

Revueltas: Sensemayá

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.

 

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MASTERWORKS 12 – BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY

Friday, May 22, 8pm

Saturday, May 23, 8pm

Ohio Theatre

Thomas Wilkins, conductor  

Anna Vinnitskaya, piano

 

Program:

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.

 

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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 BatmanEdward ScissorhandsThe Nightmare Before ChristmasAlice 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.

 

HOLIDAY POPS

Friday, December 5, 8pm

Saturday, December 6, 8pm

Sunday, December 7, 3pm

Ronald J. Jenkins, conductor

Columbus Symphony Chorus

Columbus Children’s Choir

BalletMet

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

 

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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.

 

 

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Programs and artists are subject to change.

 

www.ColumbusSymphony.com

 

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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

                        614.719.6624

                        [email protected]  

 

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