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Columbus OH: This past weekend in "Cowtown"

If there weren't a lot of cultured and sophisticated cows hereabouts a few days ago there are now. "Cowtown" is a sobriquet either endearing or annoying or both assigned to the capital of our most important (and vibrant) swing state. We do love our football, and our brats, and our beer. And our music and our theater and our stages. Here is a snapshot of the arts in Columbus this past weekend.


King Lear, the Royal Shakespeare Company presented an abridged version aimed at young people, a collaboration with The Ohio State University. Next up, they will be presenting Julius Caesar, May 1-5, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkjz1ZGCEZ4 The Mystery of Edwin Drooda musical adaptation of Dickens' last novel, left incomplete at his death. Thus there was no ending to the mystery so the audience solves the problem. A broadway hit presented by The Ohio State University Department of Theatre and School of Music. CATCO: The Tales of Beatrix Potter adapted by the peerless Steven Anderson. For kids and their older friends. There is still time to catch this production, it runs through Sunday, November 18 at Studio One in the Riffe Center. For more information visit CATCO's website.


Columbus Symphony Pops performed with the wonderful Albert-George Schramm in a tribute to the Beatles. Coming up this weekend, the Columbus Symphony will present music by Stravinsky, Milhaud, Prokofiev and Ravel.  This will be almost as good as living in Paris circa 1925. Thomas Ades new opera The Tempest was presented live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, in a terrific new production. Columbus shared this with the world, live as it happened. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNcgUZA9tv8


The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra provided music by Mozart, Martinu and Bartok. Alessio Bax, a terrific young pianist, and violinist Vadim Gluzman, who is already an international star were featured in the performance. Gluzman has made a long-term commitment to ProMusica as Artist in Residence. Is there a band like ProMusica elsewhere as they blissfully blended old favorites and new favorites? Cowtown. Cultured Cows. Endearing and annoying, like some broadcasters you might know.