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A Preview of the 2009-2010 Arts Season

Let's get interactive! Here's a list of performances and events in Central Ohio's new arts season about which I'm most excited. A date in RED indicates this will be heard on WOSU 89.7 FM.  A date in BLUE means it will be heard live.

  • October 9, 10**, 11:  Columbus Symphony, Ohio Theater. Beethoven: Symphony 9 in D, with the wonderful all volunteer Columbus Symphony Chorus. Its so good to have our orchestra back home for a fall opening. Gunther Herbig conducts these performances. He's a perfect mix of drama, warmth and authority in this music. (Note: all Saturday night classical series performances by the Columbus Symphony are broadcast live on WOSU 89.7)
  • October 16: Anonymous 4, at Mees Hall, Capital University, presented by Early Music in Columbus. I don't know yet if we are recording EMIC's concerts, but the Anonymous 4 will visit WOSU studios that week to tape an arts feature.
  • October 17*: Chamber Music Columbus presents the Ying Quartet in the Southern Theater, 8 pm.
  • October 16-18: BalletMet presents Swan Lake, Ohio Theater. There's a reason why this is the world's best loved ballet and there's a reason why BalletMet dances to critical hosannas. I'm a big fan of Gerard Charles and Company.
  • October 23* and 25: Opera Columbus, Pagliacci, Ohio Theater. Laugh clown, laugh. Always great to cheer our local opera company. This opera depends upon a strong tenor. Eduardo Villa from the Met makes me hopeful.
  • November 14/15* ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Southern Theater. Tim Russell comes home to conduct Beethoven's Symphony 6 - the Pastorale.
  • November 20 and 22**: Columbus Symphony, Ohio Theatre: Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D conducted by Gunther Herbig.
  • November 24-December 13: CATCO Riffe Center, Colin MacPherson's The Seafarer, set in Dublin on Christmas Eve. This is a compelling script that promises fine acting from CATCO
  • December 3-27: Studio Theater, Riffe Center. CATCO presents David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries. Hysterical. A perfect antidote to the usual ho-ho-ho fare.
  • December 6 St. Joseph Cathedral, 4 pm A Service of Lessons and Carols. I recently heard the Cathedral Men's choir sing compline. It was exquisite. Lessons and Carols should be wonderful. Not to be missed in that great space.
  • December 11-23 Ballet Met Ohio Theatre, Nutcracker. Of course!

Whew! There's a lot more...

  • CAPA presents Porgy and Bess at the Southern Theatre in February.
  • Ohio State's School of Music presents Beethoven's Fiedlio in concert on March 10* in Mershon Auditorium. Kathleen Sasnett and Anthony Dean Griffey star and Marshall Haddock conducts.
  • Columbus has two new theater companies, Evolution Theatre and Available Light.
  • I want to know more about Tim Veach and the Columbus Dance Theater.
  • CAPA has brought the Lincoln Theater back to life and...

I"ll just have to do more posts on this topic. Your turn! What excites you the most about the coming arts season?

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.