“Love & War: Baroque Style” Features Baroque Connoisseur Rachel Barton Pine as Conductor and Featured Guest Artist on Violin and Viola d’amore Mar. 10-11
The superbly gifted violinist Rachel Barton Pine, the only American (and the youngest artist ever) to win the Gold Medal at the J. S. Bach International Violin Competition, displays her fabulous artistry and remarkable versatility in this extraordinary program of Baroque-period pearls. Barton will perform on violin and viola d’amore as well as conduct the program that includes:
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major for Viola d’amore; Biber: Battalia; Handel: Concerto grosso in G Minor; Vivaldi: Concerto in D Minor for Viola d’amore and Orchestra; Zipoli: Battalia Imperiale; Pisendel: Imitation caractères de la danse; Locatelli: L’Arte del Violino (“The Harmonic Labyrinth”)
Prelude – Patrons are invited to join Christopher Purdy in the theater at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute discussion about the works to be performed.
Postlude – After the conclusion of the Friday program, patrons are encouraged to participate in a post-concert discussion with featured artist Rachel Barton Pine.
The Columbus Symphony presents Love & War: Baroque Style at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-228-8600 or 800-745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.
Columbus is About to Get Odd with Two Performances of Odd Squad: Live! at the Ohio Theatre March 11
Odd Squad: Live! is springing into action on stage in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher, and unravel clues. With a little help from Ms. O back at headquarters, the agents and audience members work together to save the day. Some lucky fans will even get to join the fun on stage and use amazing “Odd Squad” gadgets!
Odd Squad: Live! is filled with the coolest new gadgets, funniest and quirkiest villains like “Father Time” and “Lady Terrible,” and catchy hit songs from the Odd Squad-favorite band, Soundcheck. The stage show will feature Odd Squad “classic” tunes as well as all-new songs.
Odd Squad: Live! “Odd Squad” is an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series about a spy organization run by kids that investigates anything strange, weird, or especially odd. Each episode follows kid agents as they track down villains, stop odd creatures, and help people with odd conditions like The Jinx or The Sing-Alongs. “Odd Squad” is a little Men in Black for kids, mixed with Airplane and elements of “Get Smart.” Also embedded in each episode is a math lesson aimed at kids 4-8, leading to the expression, “Odd is the problem. Math is the solution.”
The side-splitting humor and oddly irresistible fun that earned the “Odd Squad” writing team a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series” will burst onto the stage in this wonderfully weird, hilarious, and interactive live show that is not to be missed!
CAPA presents Odd Squad: Live! at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
Aliens to Invade the Southern Theatre on March 12 with The Live-Action Graphic Novel The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth
Telling an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience—the live-action graphic novel. Three actors voice dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist performs the cinematic score while more than 1,250 full-color, high-resolution comic book panels tell the hilarious, sci-fi adventure story of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her quest to defeat a terrible threat to the future of humanity—an invading force of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.
When The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel premiered, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and “Conan O’Brien.” Now in its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the US, UK, and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind, all-ages show is not to be missed.
The premise is simple—a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known—an impending alien invasion.
The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique. Three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects, and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, hi-resolution, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from the screen, all performed live.
CAPA presents The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Sunday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28-$40 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
Kathy Griffin Brings Her Pull-No-Punches Comedy to the Palace Theatre March 23
Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. In 2014, she made history with her sixth consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album, and in 2013, she was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials, more than any comedian in history. Kathy’s live standup performances are legendary, drawing hundreds of thousands to sold-out shows across the globe.
Two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, recently releasing her much-anticipated second book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, in November 2016. The book is an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them. Simultaneously, she revealed a brand new nationwide, 50-city standup tour under the same moniker that began in January of 2017.
In 2016, Kathy completed her 80-city, “Like A Boss” tour with stops from coast to coast including a four-night run at the famed Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and two sold-out performances at the illustrious Kennedy Center in DC and the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York.
In 2014, Kathy made history with her sixth consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album (Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album.
In 2013, Kathy was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 20 televised standup specials—more than any comedian in history.
Her boisterous and revealing memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Griffin won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her hit reality series, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” which aired for six years on Bravo. It was nominated every single year of its run. The show also won the GLAAD Media Award for Best Reality Program and was nominated six consecutive times by the Producers Guild of America.
Kathy was a cast member on NBC’s “Suddenly Susan” and guest starred on “Seinfeld” and “Law & Order: SVU.” She lent her unique voice to animated characters in Shrek Forever After and the award-winning television shows “The Simpsons,” “American Dad,” and “Dilbert.”
Griffin’s other awards and honors include The Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s Leadership in Entertainment honor, GLAAD’s Vanguard award, The Trevor Life Award from the Trevor Project, and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Lead.
CAPA presents Kathy Griffin at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$68 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
CSO’s Free Happy Hour Concert Series to Feature 14-year-old Granville Pianist in “Dance Rhythms” Program April 6
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 Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, Dance Rhythms will feature Granville-based, 14-year-old guest pianist Gavin George who will explore the music of another young talent, Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote the G Minor Piano Concerto at barely 20 years of age. The Dance Rhythms Happy Hour program will also include John Adams’ surreal portrait of Madame Mao in his haunting foxtrot for orchestra, and Dvorak’s earthy series of energized and whimsical melodies in Slavonic Dances.
The Columbus Symphony presents Happy Hour Concert: Dance Rhythms at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Thursday, April 6. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and opportunities to meet CSO musicians. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and will last for approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Admission is free. Seating is general admission.
About CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson
Peter Stafford Wilson has served the Columbus Symphony since 1990 when he joined the conducting staff as Assistant Conductor. In 1993, he was promoted to Associate Conductor, and since that time, has appeared on all the CSO’s subscription, education, and outreach series. Wilson also leads the nationally renowned Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras program, conducting the senior orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Columbus All-City Orchestra, comprised of students from the Columbus City Schools.
In addition to his duties with the CSO, Wilson has served the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as music director since 2001, and in 2010, won a League of American Orchestras/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming for his commitment to contemporary American music. He has also led the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University as music director for more than 16 years. In 2012, Wilson began an association with the Tulsa Ballet, where he serves as principal conductor, leading three to four major productions per season.
About guest pianist Gavin George
Acclaimed for his musical maturity and virtuosity, 14-year-old pianist Gavin George made his concerto debut at age seven with the Newark-Granville Symphony performing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major, and was a featured performer on the “CBS Early Show.” As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, George has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall. He was also awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at Luxembourg’s Vianden Music Festival. In 2011, George became the youngest musician to perform on NPR’s Emmy Award-winning “From the Top.” He was awarded first prize in the SAA’s International Piano Concerto Competition, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, and performed at Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis), Midland Theater (Newark), and Constitution Hall (DC). George was selected as one of the PRODIGIES series documentary profiles made by Radical Media, appearing on the YouTube THNKRTV channel. www.GavinGeorge.com
Cirque de la Symphonie Soars Into the Ohio Theatre April 8
Cirque de la Symphonie is a unique and elegant fusion of cirque and orchestra, adapting the stunning artistry of cirque with the majesty of a full symphony orchestra. The program will feature works from the world’s greatest composers while showcasing some of the most accomplished veterans of cirque programs from across the globe, including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen.
The Columbus Symphony presents Cirque de la Symphonie at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.
Information for these items was provided by CAPA.