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Classical 101

Arts Highlights In Columbus For November 2018

Deen van Meer
From the Arabian Nights scene in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

It seems as if late October and early November is prime time for our orchestras, theaters and dance and opera companies.

I was running out of energy to update my own concert calendar. There's so much going on in Columbus and nothing worth missing.

Look at the variety! I'm here to tell you that quantity and quality are very close partners.

BalletMet: Lineage
Through Nov. 3
Davidson Theatre
Three ballets in one night: Square Dance, In Creases, After the Rain

Disney on Broadway: Aladdin
Through Nov. 4
Ohio Theatre
Jonathan Weir, who plays the villain Jafar, is a graduate of Westerville South High School. He wouldn’t tell me the year – not recently. He came to visit and was delightful!

Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Handel's Messiah
Nov. 9 and 10
Ohio Theatre
Rossen Milanov conducts Handel's sacred oratorio. Ronald Jenkins directs the Columbus Symphony Chorus. Hear Handel's complete score, combining the Christmas and Easter portions, in the Ohio Theatre.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: Mozart & Montero
Nov. 10 and 11
Southern Theatre
As part of ProMusica's Composer/Performer project, the chamber orchestra features pianist Gabriela Montero on a program comparing two Beethoven symphonies, plus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 and the world premiere of Babel by Montero.

Early Music in Columbus: Apollo'sFire
Nov. 11
Mees Hall, Capital University
"Cleveland's baroque orchestra" returns to Columbus to perform O Jerusalem!, a sequel to the orchestra's Sephardic Journey program, conducted by Jeannette Sorrell.

Chamber Music Columbus: St. Lawrence String Quartet
Nov. 17
Southern Theatre
The Canadian string quartet performs a program of works by Haydn, Berger and Tchaikovsky.

LancasterChorale: In Dulci Jubilo
Nov. 25
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
"Annual prelude to Christmas"

Still want more? Good! December is going to be a blast, with holidays programs at Capital University and Ohio State University, The Nutcracker – keep checking back! Here are a few upcoming performances on my list.

Coming Soon:

BalletMet: The Nutcracker, Dec. 7 to 23

Columbus Dance Theatre: MatchgirlDec. 14 and 15

Early Music in Columbus: The Rose Ensemble's Twelfth Night: A Tudor Christmas, Jan. 5

Opera Project Columbus: The Merry Widow, Jan. 11 and 13

Broadway: Hamilton, Jan. 29 to Feb. 17

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.