Come along for an evening of startling excellent musical sounds performed by some of the worlds best artists. A night at the Orchestra is an unmissable event, Columbus Symphony Orchestra performances are excellent evenings. Prepare to be dazzled by the talents and music!
Columbus Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing orchestra in the city of Columbus, with a repertoire of performances ranging from classical music through to our hot POPS concerts. Performing out of their home in the historic 1928 movie palace the Ohio Theatre since 1951! The world’s best musicians perform with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, giving twelve classical concert performances annually, mostly in pairs of two performances, six pops performances and two performances for the kids.
Columbus Symphony Orchestra Tickets:
During the summer months you can catch “Picnic with the Pops” and “Popcorn Pops” concert series which continue to delight audiences with exceptional performances on the lawn of Columbus Commons. The new Summer Night Music Neighborhood Concerts are bringing the orchestra to communities throughout central Ohio. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra also serve as the orchestra for the Opera Columbus and the Ballet Met.
More than just a musical performance, the Columbus Symphony is a force for good. Come along to support them, and help them to make a difference in the community. In addition to performances, the Columbus Symphony is proud to serve central Ohio through a diverse range of education and community engagement programs. These include Young People’s Concerts in the Ohio Theatre, six youth orchestras, free In-School Concerts for Columbus elementary schools, and the new Columbus Symphony Cares initiative, an innovative approach to community service through partnerships with non-profit human service organizations and public-school districts.
No matter what performance you book to see, the night will be filled with top notch talent conducted by excellent conductors. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has welcomed its first-ever woman Concertmaster, Joanna Frankel, as well as two new conductors: Stuart Chafetz, Principal Pops Conductor, and Andrés Lopera, Assistant Conductor. With 53 full time musicians they have enough to cover every note from Beethoven to Milonov and then there’s the 130-member Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach through the 21st century.
Experience a night to remember, filled with fabulous music and cultured discussions. Each Masterworks performance will include a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion featuring Rossen, Christopher Purdy, and featured guests. Each Prelude takes place in the theatre beginning at 7pm. Then after the concert patrons are invited to stay and enjoy a variety of Postlude events. Postludes will feature Columbus Symphony musicians in chamber music mini-concerts, receptions, tastings, and special opportunities to meet the artists up close in Talk Back sessions.
September 26 | 7:30pm
September 27 & 28 | 8pm
September 29, 2019 | 3pm
Stravinsky’s Petrushka is so familiar in the concert hall that it’s easy to forget that it was originally conceived as a breathtaking theatrical spectacle—a tale of love and death at a Russian Shrovetide Fair. We place the musicians of the Columbus Symphony inside the fairground, turn conductor Rossen Milanov into a magician, and with puppets, performers, and live filmmaking, make Petrushka and his fellow marionettes come startlingly alive. This performance will be conducted by Rossen Milanov.
October 11–12, 2019 | 7:30pm
Experience historical tales brought to life in music. The American Festival is inspired by two scores that address deeply moving and important moments in this country’s history. Sanctuary Road is an oratorio with text by Mark Campbell based on the writings of Underground Railroad conductor William Still, who helped nearly 800 slaves escape to freedom and meticulously and compassionately documented their lives. Gershwin embodies the love story of Porgy and Bess with unforgettable tunes and captivating rhythms. This performance will be directed by Rossen Milanov and the chorus will be directed by Ronald J. Jenkins. Don’t forget to get here early for the prelude and Join Rossen, Paul Moravec, and Mark Campbell for a pre-concert discussion.
The Romantic Cello
November 1–2, 2019 | 7:30pm
Witness the passion and love created in sound. The intimate voice of the cello finds one of its most glorious and moving embodiments in Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The sparkling orchestration of Torres’ Tres Pinturas Velazqueñas is an aural reflection of three of the most famous paintings by Diego Velázquez. Brahms’ music is timeless and universal, and hearing this rarely-performed masterwork will transport you to a world of passion and beauty. The performance will be conducted by Rossen Milanov with Pablo Ferrández on the cello. Join Christopher Purdy from Classical 101 for a pre-concert discussion.
Chopin Piano Concerto and Enigma Variations
November 15 –16, 2019 | 7:30pm
A musical mystery that has not been solved for more than a century is the theme that opens the celebrated Enigma Variations by the British composer known for his grand, yet intimate, style. Each one of the 13 variations paints a portrait of his closest friends. Perhaps one of the solutions of Elgar’s enigmas could be heard in Mendelssohn’s sea-inspired overture that opens the program. Chopin’s Piano Concerto offers great quantities of beautiful writing for the piano. The conductor for tonight will be Rossen Milanov and Fei-Fei will be playing the piano. Tonight’s prelude will be with Rossen for a pre-concert discussion and stay a while after the performance for a chamber music performance by Columbus Symphony musicians.
Russian Winter Festival I: Natasha Returns
January 10 –11, 2020 | 7:30pm
January 12, 2020 | 2pm
Come along for a night of poetry and culture, experience the rare power of the Manfred symphony, Tchaikovsky and Byron’s poetry. Natasha Paremski returns to perform Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto with guaranteed passion and brilliant technique. The rarely performed and powerful Manfred symphony will reveal the dramatic genius of Tchaikovsky through a dramatic and deeply moving interpretation of Byron’s poem. Rossen Milanov will be the conductor for the evening with Natasha Paremski on the piano. Join Rossen for the usual pre-concert discussion and then on Saturday night in the pavilion for an OYO vodka tasting.
Russian Winter Festival II: Masterpieces
January 24 – 25, 2020 | 7:30pm
Russia spans multiple time zones and cultures, and Russian composers have always had a special interest in portraying the exoticism of distant lands and delivering an unsurpassed melodic beauty, combined with orchestral splendor and virtuosity. The unabridged version of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will bring the evening to an apotheosis. Rossen Milanov will be you conductor for the evening. Tonight’s prelude will be with Christopher Purdy from Classical 101 for a pre-concert discussion and the postlude will be on Saturday night in the pavilion for an OYO vodka tasting.
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Cameron Carpenter
February 21– 22, 2020 | 7:30pm
Iconic organ soloist Cameron Carpenter will star in Jongen’s impressionist masterpiece. Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 will showcase the Ohio Theatre’s powerful “Mighty Morton” pipe organ — one of the best instruments of its kind in the country. Stay for a post-concert talkback and demonstration on the “Mighty Morton” organ by Cameron Carpenter. Rossen Milanov will be the conductor for the evening with Cameron Carpenter playing the organ.
Chihuly Festival: Bluebeard’s Castle
February 28 – 29, 2020 | 7:30pm
Inspired by the legend of Bluebeard, Bartók’s iconic opera thriller fuses with celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly to reveal seven new glass sculptures on stage that represent each character as they open the secret doors of their past. Rossen Milanov will be the conductor for the evening with Nancy Maultsby as soprano and Mark Schnaible as bass-baritone. Tonight’s prelude will be with Christopher Purdy from Classical 101 for a pre-concert discussion.
Peaks of Beauty and Devotion
March 6 –7, 2020 | 7:30pm
The music of the Austrian Romantic composer Anton Bruckner is a powerful, spiritual experience encompassing majestic brass chorales, lyrical beauty, and shining climaxes. The mercurial American artist Joshua Roman performs his own evocative Cello Concerto. Rossen Milanov will be conducting the evening with Joshua Roman as cello. Tonight’s prelude will be with Christopher Purdy from Classical 101 for a pre-concert discussion.
Beethoven at 250: An Apotheosis of Energy
March 20 – 21, 2020 | 7:30pm
“Beethoven at 250” is a celebration of the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven and his long-reaching influence on the way we hear music. The Seventh Symphony is a unique work that explores the hypnotic interplay between rhythm and energy, delivering an unmatched effect of musical exuberance. Brahms’ music continues Beethoven’s traditions. His Violin Concerto is a work of extraordinary beauty, intensity, and technical demands on the soloist. Larry Rachleff will be conducting the performance with Yoo Jin Jang playing the violin. Join Christopher Purdy from Classical 101 for a pre-concert discussion and then stay after the performance as we celebrate Beethoven at 250 with a chamber music performance by Columbus Symphony musicians.
The Rite of Spring
March 27–28, 2020 | 7:30pm
The revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring never fails to inspire with its pagan melodies and earthy rhythms. Missy Mazzoli, composer in residence with Chicago Symphony, is one of the classical music world’s fastest-rising composing talents. Cristina Pato’s magnetic stage presence and virtuosity showcases the bagpipes as a concert instrument in its own right. Rossen Milanov will be your conductor and Cristina Pato will be playing bagpipes. Stay after for a chamber music performance by Columbus Symphony musicians.
Beethoven at 250: The Ninth Symphony
April 17–18, 2020 | 7:30pm
The crowning achievement of Beethoven’s symphonic output—a work like no other in scale, spiritual message, and ability to unite people—the Ninth Symphony will combine the forces of the Columbus Symphony and Columbus Symphony Chorus for a grand season finale. Rossen Milanov will conduct the evening with Ronald J. Jenkins directing the Columbus Symphony Chorus. Stay awhile later on Saturday night to celebrate the season finale with Rossen and the musicians in the pavilion.
Columbus Symphony Orchestra Reviews
Russian Winter Festivals: BalletMet dancers, pianist Babayan add to wonders of Russian fest
By Peter Tonguette, The Columbus Dispatch.
Last night in the Ohio Theatre, for its second of its two Russian Winter Festivals, the Columbus Symphony performed the work of two master composers who called the country home: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev. A second performance will take place Saturday. In the process, the symphony played one challenging, formidable piece after another. Under the commanding guidance of conductor Rossen Milanov, the musicians were more than up to their musical voyage.
The concert opened with Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Suite.” In the first section, Milanov encouraged a lilting tempo redolent of a pleasant dream. Other passages were performed with such quickness and dash that they were sure to waken any sleeping beauty.
A wonderful treat came with the pas de deux: BalletMet dancers Caitlin Valentine-Ellis and Miguel Anaya emerged from the wings to perform selections from BalletMet’s version of “Sleeping Beauty” as the symphony accompanied them.
Two-and-a-half years ago, BalletMet presented the ballet to prerecorded music, but last night’s excerpt, albeit brief, reminded audiences of the potent combination of dancing and live music.
With their top-notch technique and superior musicality, two more able dancers than Valentine-Ellis and Anaya are difficult to imagine. Choreography that called for the ballerina to dive into Anaya’s arms was all the more impressive for being performed in confined quarters on a stage shared with the symphony.
Guest pianist Sergei Babayan joined the symphony for Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” The native of Armenia and former student at the Moscow Conservatory immediately attacked the piece with a pyrotechnic passion that clearly impressed the audience. Yet Babayan navigated the flowery sections of the concerto without unnecessary flourishes. His style was decisive yet subtle — and always brilliant.
Following an intermission, the melodious marvels of Tchaikovsky gave way to the more combative, chilly sounds of Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5.” Here, the symphony’s stamina was most in evidence: The work included passages of volcanic beauty, with string playing that seemed to swirl, duck and dive. Concertmaster Joanna Frankel led her section with authority and intensity.
The Ohio Theatre
Located in Downtown Columbus on the site of the old Columbus City Hall, The Ohio Theatre’s lush interior, excellent acoustics, and state-of-the-art stage facilities and seating available for 2,779 patrons have made it a favorite of our guest artists and conductors. The breathtaking details including the 21-foot-high chandelier and opulent Spanish-Baroque architecture and design make any night out at the Ohio an event to remember. Known as the “Official Theatre of the State of Ohio”, the historic 1928 movie palace was saved from demolition in 1969 and completely restored. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977 as one of the nation’s finest surviving grand theaters.