CSO Launches SIDE BY SIDE Program for Community Musicians

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CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson and the musicians of the Columbus Symphony invite community musicians to rehearse “Side by Side” in a professional setting with their classical music counterparts. Approximately 50 amateur musicians will have the opportunity to rehearse with the orchestra and conductor on the stage of the Ohio Theatre, sitting and playing next to a professional musician proficient in their chosen instrument.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Ohio Theatre


Repertoire* will include:


Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, IV Movement

Brahms, Hungarian Dances 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, III Movement

Dvořák, Symphony No. 8, IV Movement

Sibelius, Finlandia


Participants must be amateur musicians age 25 or older that are able to read music and play an instrument that is part of the standard orchestra instrumentation.


Participants will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis. No audition is required.


Registration is online only, beginning at 6pm on Monday, February 17, at www.columbussymphony.com/education/side-by-side. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email beginning Monday, February 24.


Accepted participants must submit a $100 participation fee, which also pays for parking, before receiving practice parts or confirmed seating.


Friends and family are welcome to attend and observe from the Ohio Theatre auditorium. No video or audio recording will be permitted. Non-flash photography is acceptable.




*Subject to change. Sheet music will be provided to each confirmed participant 3-4 weeks in advance of the event.




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 Fred Sands Family, 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 only full-time, 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 200,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

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