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Columbus Symphony Chorus to hold 2017-18 season auditions August 21 & 22

The Columbus Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for the 2017-18 season at 6:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22, at the Ohio Theatre. To schedule an audition, interested parties should contact Chorus Director Ronald Jenkins through the Columbus Symphony website at www.columbussymphony.com. Click on “Orchestra” at the top of the page, then “Chorus” on the drop-down menu.

Each audition will last 8-10 minutes and consist of the following:

1. The auditionee will sing a prepared piece of classical music—a simple piece is very acceptable. The purpose is to demonstrate the person’s voice and musicality. An accompanist is provided. Auditionees should bring three copies of the music—one for the pianist, the chorus conductor to follow, and themselves. Memorization is not necessary.

2. Each person will be given ear-training/testing (repeating intervals) and be asked to vocalize.

3. Each person will be asked to sight-read, often a Bach chorale.

Auditionees will be notified by letter the following week.

In the 2017-18 season, the Chorus will perform in Holiday Pops (December 1-3), Aida in Concert (in collaboration with Opera Columbus, February 2 & 4), Brahms Requiem (March 23 & 24), and the women of the Chorus will perform Debussy’s Nocturnes in the CSO’s Impressionistic Scenes program (April 13 & 14). All concerts will be conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, with the exception of Holiday Pops which will be conducted by Ronald Jenkins.

About the Columbus Symphony Chorus

The Columbus Symphony Chorus, now beginning its 58th season, continues to excel under the direction of Chorus Director Ronald J. Jenkins. Under his leadership for 35 years, the Chorus has grown both in the quality of its performances and in the diversity of its classical repertoire. The 130-member Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach through the 21st century.

In addition to their classical concerts, the Chorus’s annual Holiday Pops concerts, conceived and directed by Jenkins from their beginning in 1983, have grown into one of the best-loved musical traditions in the central Ohio area, presenting four performances the first weekend of December.

Chamber Music Columbus Presents Manuel Barrueco, guitar, with the Beijing Guitar Duo

Who: Manuel Barrueco, guitar, with the Beijing Guitar Duo

What: Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051; Fernando Sor Study in B minor, op. 35, no. 22; Study in B minor, op. 31, no. 18; Introduction et variations sur un theme de Mozart, op. 9; Enrique Granados Valses poeticos; El pelele; Excerpts from Goyescas

Where: Southern Theatre; 21 East Main Street, Columbus

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 p.m.; Join WOSU Classical 101 midday host Jennifer Hambrick at 7 p.m. for an interview with the performers.

Tickets: $15- $55 tickets at CAPA 614-469-0939 or Ticketmaster. $5 student tickets for ages13-25 at http://www.gofor5.com. For information, call Chamber Music Columbus at 614-267-2267 or http://www.ChamberMusicColumbus.org.

Summary: Chamber Music Columbus presents Manuel Barrueco, guitar, with the Beijing Guitar Duo performing J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051; Fernando Sor’s Study in B minor, op. 35, no. 22; Study in B minor, op. 31, no. 18; and Introduction et variations sur un theme de Mozart, op. 9; and Enrique Granados’s Valses poeticos; El pelele; and Excerpts from Goyescas, at the Southern Theatre, 8 p.m., Saturday, September 9, 2017. Join WOSU Classical 101 midday host Jennifer Hambrick at 7 p.m. for an interview with the performers.

Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. Barrueco’s commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu.

Composed of guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The duo has toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain, Russia, as well as the United States. The Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.”

Support for the concerts of Chamber Music Columbus is provided by WOSU Public Media, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation.

The CSO to Perform Newest Hackman Mashup, Tchaikovsky V. Drake, September 15

In the newest symphonic mashup from visionary composer and conductor Steve Hackman, classical meets hip-hop in a musical journey that bridges two artists separated by more than a century. Three vocalists and a rapper join the Columbus Symphony to meld Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” “Started from the Bottom,” “Find Your Love,” “Hotline Bling,” and “Jumpman.”

The Columbus Symphony presents Tchaikovsky V. Drake at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday, September 15, 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.

The 2017-18 Pops Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor American Electric Power.

About Steve Hackman

Fluent in both classical and popular repertoire, Steve Hackman crafts virtuosic, cross-genre works and performances that intrigue the established audience and engage an excited new one. In 2014, he became music director of the “Mash-Up” series at the Colorado Music Festival after successful performances of his Brahms V. Radiohead. That same year, Hackman premiered his new creation, Beethoven V. Coldplay, an Eroica oratorio fantasy using the themes of Coldplay.

His work as a composer and arranger has met with considerable success including string trio Time for Three’s “Chaconne in Winter” and Chanticleer’s “Wait Fantasy.” Hackman’s orchestrations for artists like Time for Three, The Five Browns, Michael Cavanaugh, My Brightest Diamond, Arlo Guthrie, and Joshua Radin have been performed by nearly all the major orchestras in America.

Hackman’s original musical project, :STEREO HIDEOUT:, sees him as producer, composer, conductor, singer, and rapper.

www.SteveHackman.com

About Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)

Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the US. His Symphony No. 5 was composed between May and August 1888, and was first performed in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre on November 17 of that year with Tchaikovsky conducting.

About Drake

Thank Me Later (2010), the debut studio album of Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor Drake, reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His next two releases, Take Care (2011) and Nothing Was the Same (2013), went quadruple and triple platinum in the US and earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Drake’s fourth, dancehall-influenced album, Views (2016), sat atop the Billboard 200 for 10 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in more than 10 years. It achieved quadruple platinum status in the US, and the single “Hotline Bling” secured his second and third Grammy wins (Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song). Drake’s multi-genre album, More Life (2017) was his seventh consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and set multiple streaming records.

Drake has the most charted songs (154) among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (24), and the most “Hot 100” debuts in a week (21). He has also won three Juno Awards and six American Music Awards.

www.ColumbusSymphony.com

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.

CSO Opens 2017-18 with AN ALPINE SYMPHONY September 22 & 23

Rolanda Copley <rcopley@capa.com>

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Columbus Symphony Opens 2017-18 Masterworks Season with Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony September 22 & 23

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov will lead the Columbus Symphony in a performance of two of the world’s most iconic symphonic landscapes—Respighi’s The Pines of Rome and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. Brass players from the OSU School of Music will join the Columbus Symphony for The Pines of Rome, and An Alpine Symphony will feature a photographic essay of the Swiss Alps by local photographer Stephen Pariser projected on a 40-foot screen above the orchestra.

The Columbus Symphony presents An Alpine Symphony at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at 8pm. 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.

Prelude – Patrons are invited to join Christopher Purdy and CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov in the theatre at 7pm for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion about the works to be performed.

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, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.

Milanov has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He has appeared with the symphonies of Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall “Link Up” education projects with Chicago’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Civic Orchestra.

Internationally, Milanov has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romand, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian, and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte, New Zealand, and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa. In the Far East, he has appeared with the symphonies of NHK, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

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. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. In 2013, he completed a 17-year tenure with the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.

Noted for his versatility, Milanov is also a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. Most recently, he collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk), Opera Oviedo (Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle that was awarded best Spanish production for 2015), and Opera Columbus (Verdi’s La Traviata).

An experienced ballet conductor, he has been seen at New York City Ballet and collaborated with some of the best-known choreographers of our time such as Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and most recently, Alexei Ratmansky in the critically acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with the Zurich Ballet and in Paris with the La Scala Ballet.

Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

About composer Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936)

Respighi was an Italian violinist, composer, and musicologist best known for his three orchestral tone poems—The Fountains of Rome (1916), The Pines of Rome (1924), and Roman Festivals (1928). The Pines of Rome is a suite of four movements, each depicting pine trees located in different areas of the city of Rome at different times of the day. Pines of the Villa Borghese (Movement 1) portrays children playing by the pine trees in the Villa Borghese gardens, dancing the Italian equivalent of the nursery rhyme “Ring a Ring o’ Roses” and “mimicking marching soldiers and battles; twittering and shrieking like swallows.” The Pines Near a Catacomb (Movement 2) depicts the shadows of pine trees that overhang the entrance of a catacomb, conjuring the picture of a solitary chapel in the deserted Campagna. The Pines of the Janiculum (Movement 3) portrays the full moon shining on the pines that grow on the hill of the temple of Janus, the double-faced god of doors, gates, and the new year. The Pines of the Appian Way (Movement 4) recalls the past glories of the Roman republic in a representation of dawn on the great military road leading into Rome.

About composer Richard Georg Strauss (1864–1949)

Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras known for his operas, Lieder, tone poems, and other instrumental works. He was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire. Written in 1915, An Alpine Symphony forgoes the conventions of a traditional multi-movement symphony, consisting of 22 continuous sections of music that depict the experience of 11 hours (from daybreak to nightfall) spent climbing an Alpine mountain.

www.columbussymphony.com

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The Columbus Symphony presents AN ALPINE SYMPHONY

Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23, 8 pm

Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov will lead the Columbus Symphony in a performance of two of the world’s most iconic symphonic landscapes—Respighi’s The Pines of Rome and Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. Brass players from the OSU School of Music will join the Columbus Symphony for The Pines of Rome, and An Alpine Symphony will feature a photographic essay of the Swiss Alps by local photographer Stephen Pariser projected on a 40-foot screen above the orchestra. 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. www.columbussymphony.com

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The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Robert W. Stevenson, Preston Davis, and Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow 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 only full-time, 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 200,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

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