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Picnic with the Pops 2015: Lights, Bands and Action!

Columbus Symphony Orchestra website
This year's lineup has something for everyone; everything from funk to marching bands will bring music to downtown Columbus. It's Picnic With the Pops, and all of Columbus is invited.

Music icons such as The Commodores and Pink Martini will be visiting our fair city this month for the Picnic With The Pops series hosted by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Classical 101 has the details. 

This weekend, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will take the stage alongside American music icons, The Commodores with conductor Albert-George Schram.

You might recognize American funk/soul band, The Commodores from a few of their hits such as “Brick House,” “Night Shift,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” and “Lady (You Bring Me Up).” The group signed with Motown Records in 1972, openned for the illustrious Jackson 5, and still perform with their five-piece band in stadia and concert halls around the world today.

Learn more about this concert, order your tickets and even your drinks and catering for the picnic on the CSO Picnic With the Pops website.The concert will take place July 11th at 8:00 PM at the Columbus Commons, downtown.

So what else is coming up for Picnic With the Pops?

  • July 18th: Pink Martini, the Portland-based, world-renowned fusion band led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, will light up the stage with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. 
  • July 25th: U2 Symphony, the ultimate U2 tribute band will play memorable hits such as, "Beautiful Day," with a signature Bono look-alike and symphonic arrangements of the of the group's mega-hits.  
  • Friday and Saturday, July 31st and August 1st: The Ohio State University Marching Bandwill join the CSO to lead Columbus Buckeyes in song.