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Classical 101

Columbus Symphony Now...and Then

The Columbus Symphony's 2012-2013 season gets underway this Friday night at 8 with Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  Crowd pleaser or what? From Bernstein at the Berlin wall in 1989 to Columbus at the foot of the Scioto Mile in 2012-these are just two of the thousands of stops for this great work of Beethoven's final years.  He wasn't about to go quietly into that good night: The 9th Symphony, the Quartets op. 130 and 132 and the Missa Solemnis. Beethoven went out with a roar. The Friday night performance is broadcast live on Classical 101 and streamed on the web at wosu.org. Jean-Marie Zeitouni (JMZ) conducts. This is te beginning of his third season as Music Director . Is the honeymoon is over? JMZ is here,  cheerful and enthusiastic. Grumbles continue that the maestro has yet to be legally domiciled within I-270. Conductor/player relationships are like marriage-hot and heavy for, well...a while...then a tepid mutual regard. This season should be the telling. Stay tuned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JGeti9QrAM Withal, JMZ has planned a wonderful season. The centennial of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring brings a collaboration with Ballet Met in March. Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde is a journey for all involved, we'll hear it in February. Monica Hugguett will play and conduct Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the Southern Theater in January. Next week another barn burner: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto 1 with a sensational pianist, Nargeh Arghamanyhan. I'll be speaking with her in a few days-I'll tell you more later. Not forgetting the splendid Columbus Symphony Chorus directed by Ron Jenkins...they'll be on hand for the Beethoven on Friday. In fact, the opening night concerts OPENS with the Chorus: Handel's Zadok the Priest and Mozart's Ave verum corpus. Everything old is new again:  You'll hear all of the CSO Classical concerts on a new series, being presented Sunday afternoons in the spring. I it was hustling for live broadcasts. They were nicely received but on Sunday afternoons the programming is REALLY nicely received, so pre-recorded on Sundays it is! Now then. Here's the Columbus Symphony in 1987, when WBNS TV signed off of an evening. Christian Badea conducts. Wait for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMLX6dMOf5s Tune in Friday night. Oh yeah, I'm still doing pre-cocnert talksone hour before every Classical Series concert. If you don't like me, the bar downstairs is open.