Rossen Milanov and the Columbus Symphony Announce the 2020-21 Masterworks Season

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Rossen Milanov and the Columbus Symphony Announce the 2020-21 Masterworks Season

Subscriptions Go On Sale May 13

The Columbus Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanovtoday announced the 2020-21 Masterworks season that focuses on the expressive power of the human voice. Subscriptions go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, May 13.

“I am excited to unveil the Columbus Symphony’s new season that promises to be full of curated experiences, passionate music-making, and amazing guest artists,” stated Milanov. “We are grateful to continue serving the Columbus community through our main stage performances and educational and outreach initiatives.”


· The CSO will present 12 Masterworks programs in the 2020-21 season as well as a special event performance of American superstar soprano Renée Fleming. Subscribers will have first access to purchase tickets to this special event concert prior to them going on sale to the general public.

· New this season, the symphony will add three Sunday matinee performances, and continuing this season will be the popular Friday Coffee Dress rehearsals that include complimentary coffee and donuts.

· As part of the expressive human voice theme, the Columbus Symphony will open with the iconic Carmina Burana featuring a host of guest vocalists, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, and The New World Singers of the Columbus Children’s Chorus with projections by visual artist Katy Tucker.

· The popular Russian Winter Festival returns, showcasing an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Serbian cellist Maja Bogdanovic and a program of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich with the return of pianist Inon Barnatan.

• Concertmaster Joanna Frankel will be featured in a program that includes two rarely performed virtuosic works for violin—Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Mozart’s romantic and most personal work, Symphony No. 40.

• A new tradition, the Columbus Symphony and Chorus will again perform the holiday
favorite Handel’s Messiah in its entirety.

•The winning work of the Columbus Symphony’s new Women Composer’s Competition will open a program featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Tchaikovsky’s melodic Violin Concerto.

• Continuing the theme of the human voice, the Columbus Symphony will present
Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, featuring the CSO Chorus, vocal guest soloists, and stunning, animated digital art to create a modern experience of the treasured masterpiece.

• In a dramatic season finale, the CSO presents An Evening of Opera featuring the second acts of Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s Tosca with an international cast of guest vocalists, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, and full orchestra.


Preludes – Prior to each Masterworks performance, the CSO will offer a 30-minute, informational talk about the works or composers to be performed that evening hosted by WOSU’s Christopher Purdy or CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov.

Postludes – Patrons are invited to stay after the concert and enjoy a variety of Postlude events following select performances. Postlude events could include the performance of an additional, related work for a smaller ensemble or a post-performance discussion with Maestro Milanov and/or the featured guest soloist(s).

Friday Coffee Dress – Select Masterworks programs in 2020-21 season will offer $14 general admission tickets to Friday morning rehearsals that include complimentary coffee and donuts.

Mozart to Matisse – The CSO and Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) will collaborate in a series of afternoon lectures that pair chamber music performances by CSO musicians with works from the CMA art collection. The presentations will focus on specific periods being presented in upcoming CSO Masterworks concerts, and explore the common themes and aesthetic influences between music and visual art.

College Club – This $25 student membership program provides unlimited access to concerts all season long, as well as post-concert events, special member emails, and discounts for the purchase of additional student tickets.

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