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One of the most culturally important orchestras in the US as a member of the League of American Orchestras, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra has a commitment both to nurturing the most exceptional musical talent and performing spellbinding concerts to audiences who travel from around the world to witness the spectacle. 

Choose your show from the list below. Scroll down for more information on individual performances.

In 1951, the orchestra was founded as the Columbus Little Symphony. Even in its early stages the orchestra had a strong commitment to the education of young musicians, forming the Youth Orchestra just two years later. In the 1960s, the Columbus Symphony Chorus was formed and the still-popular Pops series began. In 1988, the orchestra achieved major orchestra status with the League of American Orchestras as one of the 50 largest orchestras in America.

Some of the newest projects by the orchestra include Twisted 2, a major dance-music collaboration BalletMet and Opera Columbus; the all-new Summer Night Music classical series, an entirely free Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Columbus Commons, and the fully sold-out “A Symphonic Evening of Hip-Hop featuring Common” during Picnic with the Pops.

The 2018 season is new Designate Associate Conductor Andrés Lopera’s third season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, appointed after a 3-month long search for the ideal candidate for this crucial role in the orchestra.

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In Full Splendor: Opening Night at the Symphony

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd September 2018


Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Wagner: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”)
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra 


Prelude: Christopher Purdy

Inspired by the classic Disney film of 1940 set to some of the world’s best-loved classical scores, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will revisit the film’s iconic music, bringing to mind the dramatic scenes from the film with the addition of the Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, best-known from the 2001: A Space Odessy soundtrack.

Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October 2018


Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Bernstein/Brohn: West Side Story: Suite for Violin and Orchestra
Bernstein: Candide: Overture
Bernstein: Candide: “Glitter and Be Gay”
Bernstein/Harmon: Candide: Suite


Prelude: Christopher Purdy

Inspired by Broadway, the works of composer, educator and conductor Leonard Bernstein are celebrated in this performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, featuring special appearances from violinist Daniel Rowland, soprano Jennifer Lynn Cherest, and the Columbus Symphony Chorus.

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Handel: Messiah

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 November 2018


Prelude: Christopher Purdy

Handel: Messiah

The magnificent Handel’s Messiah returns to the Columbus Symphony in 2018. Featuring several incredible soloists including Alexandra Razskazoff, Sienna Miller, Jonas Marcel Hacker, and Andrew Bogard with the Columbus Symphony Chorus, conducted by Ronald J. Jenkins, a full performance of the Messiah is one you will never forget.

Russian Winter Festival I: Leningrad Symphony

Friday 4 & Saturday 5 January 2019


The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (film excerpt)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”


Mozart to Matisse:  Soviet Posters During World War II, Jan. 2 │2pm
Prelude: Rossen and Columbus Symphony musicians discuss life behind the iron curtain
Postlude: Shostakovich string quartet performance by Columbus Symphony musicians

To open the Russian Winter Festival, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is proud to present a performance of the iconic  Leningrad Symphony by Shostakovich. Inspired by the occupation by Nazi Germany of the the city during World War II, the work takes audiences on a journey through fear and resistance in the face of adversity.

Russian Winter Festival II: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 January 2019


Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5


Friday Coffee Dress:  Jan. 11 │ 10am
Prelude: Christopher Purdy
Postlude: OYO vodka tasting 

Featuring Sergei Babayan on piano, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra perform the tapestry of Tchaikovsky’s work and contrast it with the richness of Prokofiev. The virtuosity of the performers will truly be put on show in this spectacular concert.

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Beethoven Marathon: Joanna Plays Beethoven

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 January 2019

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Joanna Frankel, violin


Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”


Friday Coffee Dress:  Jan. 25 │ 10am
Prelude: Subject Matter: Legacies of Revolution in Napoleonic Europe
Postlude: Beethoven chamber music performance by Columbus Symphony musicians

The Columbus Symphony is proud to welcome Joanna Frankel making her solo debut with Beethoven’s magnificent Violin Concerto, concluding in the emotional “Eroica,” Symphony.

Nordic Myths Festival

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March 2019

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Jason Gay, video artist


Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite (Four Legends from The Kalevala)


Mozart to Matisse: Scandanavian Paintings: Myth & Reality, Mar. 13 │2pm
Friday Coffee Dress: Mar. 15 │10am
Prelude: Christopher Purdy
Postlude: Talk back with the artists

Wagner’s famous love story, inspired by Celtic myths, tells the tale of Isolde and Tristan, Grieg’s Piano Concerto paints a beautiful picture of Nordic landscape, and The Kalevala brings Finnish myths and folklore to life. This will be a magical performance by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, with a special visual element; video art by Jason Gay.

Mozart: Requiem

Friday 29 & Sat 30 2019

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Columbus Symphony Chorus
Ronald J. Jenkins, chorus director


Bates: Auditorium
Mozart: Requiem


Prelude: Subject Matter: Summoning Spirits: A Musical Séance, Jeremy Glazier, Associate Professor of English, Ohio Dominican University

Mozart’s legendary unfinished final work is performed by The Columbus Symphony with guest vocalists Alexandra Nowakowski, soprano, Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, Roy Hage, tenor, and Adam Cioffari, bass-baritone. With a mixed-media introduction by Mason Bates depicting an historic instrument orchestra, this evening will take you on a rich emotional journey.

The Trumpet Shall Sound

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 2019


Janáček: Sinfonietta
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky: The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento

In this unique concert, three of the most significant works of the 20th century are compiled together to take audiences on a journey through a landscape of musical beauty and complexity. George Goad makes his solo trumpet debut with the swiftly rising solo pianist Dominic Cheli.

Mahler Five

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 2019


Ades: Violin Concerto “Concentric Paths”
Mahler: Symphony No. 5


Prelude: Christopher Purdy

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Ades’ Violin Concerto and finishes with Mahler’s most famous Symphony No. 5, taking audiences on a musical journey through nostalgia and love. Featuring Laila Josefowicz, solo violinist, for a phenomenal close to the concert season.

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