Central Ohio Symphony To Open 39th Season With Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Kodaly


Sunbury News Staff



When Jaime Morales-Matos takes the podium for the opening concert of the Central Ohio Symphony’s 39th season, he will be both marking his 15th year as conductor of the ensemble and kicking off a year of major symphonic orchestral repertoire. The opening concert on Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Gray Chapel Auditorium on the Ohio Wesleyan Campus in Delaware will feature Frank Huang performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2, Dances of Golanta by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, and the lyrical Second Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

“These pieces are masterworks of the classical repertoire,” said Warren W. Hyer, Executive Director of the Central Ohio Symphony. “This season will feature a number of major works that the orchestra either has not played in recent years or has never performed. Our debut concert contains exciting works that many audience members will know well.”

Pianist Frank Huang, professor of piano at University of Miami, Ohio, and an international performer, is the soloist on the Rachmaninoff. Huang, trained at Juilliard and Cleveland Institute of Music, will make his debut with the orchestra on a work that Hyer characterized as “at the top of the list for best known piano concertos.”

Hyer noted that Rachmaninoff and Kodaly were contemporaries, but had distinct musical footprints. “Koldaly was fascinated with recoding ethnic folk songs and weaving the tunes and stories into his music. Rachmaninoff, in contrast, composed in the Romantic era.”

Brahms Second Symphony followed his first by only a few months and is often considered to be “pastoral” in quality, but with an exciting finish.

Season tickets or tickets for this concert only may be purchased at the Symphony Source, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware or online at www.centralohiosymphony.org, or at the box office the night of the concert. Ticket prices are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors, $6.00 for students of all ages, and $4.00 for children.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website, www.centralohiosymphony.org, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

The Season Debut performance is underwritten in part by the Ohio Arts Council and the City of Delaware, and support form Ohio Wesleyan University.

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