CSO’s Free Happy Hour Concert Series Adds Electric Guitar to November 17 “Eclectic Mix” Program
The CSO’s Happy Hour concerts offer free, informal, after-work concerts performed preceded by complimentary appetizers, a DJ in the theatre lobby, and a cash bar. Led by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, Eclectic Mix, the first Happy Hour concert of the 2016-17 season, will feature violinist Anthony Marwood and electric guitarist Steve Mackey who will be guest performers in the CSO’s Last Notes Festival the following weekend. The Happy Hour program will include Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo, the third movement from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and Mackey’s Double Concerto for Violin and Electric Guitar from his own composition, Four Iconoclastic Episodes.
The Columbus Symphony presents Happy Hour Concert: Eclectic Mix at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, November 17. Doors will open at 5:30pm with complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and opportunities to meet CSO musicians. The concert begins at 6:30pm, and will last for approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Admission is free. Seating is general admission.
The 2016-17 Happy Hour concert series is presented through the generous support of Giant Eagle.
About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov
Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed his second season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to enthusiastic acclaim. He is also Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA).
The 2016-17 CSO season builds upon many of the innovative ideas that were introduced in his first season—thematic festivals, enrichment programs, integrated experiences, and collaborations with other local cultural institutions. In Princeton, he is continuing the tradition of adventurous programming and collaborating with violinist Leila Josefowicz, clarinetist David Krakauer, and composers Saad Haddad and Zhou Tian. In Spain, he will conduct the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa with the Oviedo Opera and the gala concert of the “Princess of Asturias” awards with OSPA.
Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances as Associate Conductor and as Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.
Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.
About guest violinist Anthony Marwood
Well established in Europe and Australia as leader and soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Norwegian and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Bern, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Marwood was named to a three-season term as principal artistic partner of Les Violons du Roy in 2011, and has since been a frequent guest soloist in its eclectic mix of baroque, classical, and contemporary programs.
About guest electric guitarist Steve Mackey
Regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation, Mackey has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, and opera. His first musical passion was electric guitar, and he has blazed a trail by integrating it in into his own concert music, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. Mackey’s orchestral music has been performed by major orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, the BBC Philharmonic, Concertgebouw orchestra, Austrian Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Nexttime Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron.
The CSO presents HAPPY HOUR: ECLECTIC MIX
Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Led by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, Eclectic Mix, the first Happy Hour concert of the 2016-17 season, will feature violinist Anthony Marwood and electric guitarist Steve Mackey who will be guest performers in the CSO’s Last Notes Festival the following weekend. The Happy Hour program will include Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo, the third movement from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and Mackey’s Double Concerto for Violin and Electric Guitar from his own composition, Four Iconoclastic Episodes. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Concert begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Cash bar. Complimentary appetizers. Concert will last approximately 60 minutes. No intermission. www.columbussymphony.com
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 Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow, J. Allen and Ruth Maxwell Pyne, Janet Leonard Reading, and James W. Overstreet 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.