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Classical 101

The Columbus Symphony Returns to Classical 101

Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus Symphony.

The Columbus Symphony broadcast series returns to Classical 101 at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

We're featuring the full line-up of 2017-18 Classical Series programs by the Columbus Symphony and guests, Sunday afternoons through June 24. Ed Thompson recorded the concerts in the Ohio and Southern theaters.

This is your opportunity to hear our orchestra again, or discover the Columbus Symphony for the first time. Remember, orchestra and chorus members are your neighbors. They are the people who, when not rehearsing and performing onstage, give concerts for students and the elderly, and in underserved neighborhoods. And when not doing all of that, these artists are teaching your kids and grandchildren.

(OK, I'm not supposed to have favorites, so don't repeat this. But I wouldn't miss the programs featuring Caroline Shaw, Natasha Paremski, the CSO's Alpine Symphony and Romeo & Juliet concerts, and Jason Vieaux playing the Joaquín Rodrigo concerto. Again, you didn't hear this from me.)

The point bears repeating that fine orchestra contributes mightily to the rejuvenation of downtown Columbus, and remains a "quality of life" bonus for people and businesses hoping to relocate here. More to the point, the Columbus Symphony is a wonderful orchestra, adept at a wide repertoire under music director Rossen Milanov.

Check out this story about Milanov, by our friends at Broad & High:

Join me Sunday afternoons at 1 on Classical 101 for the Columbus Symphony broadcast season. You can go to the gym later — it'll still be there.

Here's the April schedule:

April 1
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

April 8
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 59, "Fire Symphony"
Caroline Shaw: Lo
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral Symphony"
Caroline Shaw, violin

April 15
Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo Suite
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Isaac Albeniz: Chants d’Espagne
Ruperto Chapi: La Revoltosa, Preludio
Jason Vieaux, guitar

April 22
Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, "Classical Symphony"
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Natasha Paremski, piano

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida
Michelle Johnson, Aida
Marc Heller, Radames
Laura Tucker, Amneris
Brian Major, Amonasro
Columbus Symphony Chorus

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.
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