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Classical 101

Columbus Arts Upcoming Performances This Spring

Columbus Symphony conducted by form music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Columbus Symphony
Former Columbus Symphony music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni returns to conduct the symphony this weekend.

This morning, in a state of happy exhaustion, I take a look at performing arts activities in Central Ohio April and May. 

This is not a complete list. Feel free to add other events in the comments section below.

April 24
Early Music in Columbus presents The Early Interval, The Court of Alfonso the Wise.

April 24-25
Columbus Symphony conducted by former music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni performs Faure Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Chorus as well as Nielsen Symphony 5, SibeliusFinlandia. 

Join me for the pre-concert talk starting at 7pm inside the Ohio Theatre. 

This concert is also recorded for broadcast on Classical 101 on May 24 at 1pm. 

April 25
Chamber Music Columbus presents Emerson String Quartet.

Classical 101 midday host Jennifer Hambrick will host an interview with the artists at 7 pm, one hour before the performance.

April 26 
Opera Columbus holds its annual Bing-Cooper Vocal Competition.

Yours truly host this fabulous competition.

May 1-3
BalletMet presents "American Masters"  with choreography by Jerome Robbins, Edwaard Liang, James Kudelka and David Nixon. 

May 3
Chamber Music Connection presents its Brunch Performance at Natalie's Coal Fire Pizza in Worthington from noon to 2pm. 

May 6
Chamber Music Connections Awards Presentations, McConnell arts Ctr., Worthington

May 13
The Johnstone Fund for New Music presents CODE Sound of the Whale at the Garden Theatre in the Short North.

closes May 26 CATCO presidents premiere run of The Final Table by (retired) state supreme court Justice Herb Brown. Five U.SD. presidents meet in the afterlife for a game of poker.

May 29-31
Columbus Dance Theater presents Anne...Anne Frank in Dance, based on the diary of Anne Frank. Performances will be at the Lincoln Theatre. 

Name me another city outside the coastal areas, or Houston, or Chicago that has more than one full-time theater companies, a fund devoted to presenting new music, two opera producing entities, two full-time dance companies, a full-time symphony and a full-time chamber orchestra, the latter also promoting new music.

And this is captures a little more than a month of performances in Columbus. Read this list again boys and girls, count your lucky stars and buy tickets.

I wanted to call this post Cow Town My Ass, but figured people would get ideas.

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.