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Columbus Symphony Broadcast This Sunday Featuring Tito Munoz

I know Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, so let's call Tito Munoz an honorary Irishman. He's the New York born conductor, not yet thirty, who came to Columbus one weekend last fall and blew the town away and me with it. Our new Columbus Symphony Broadcast Series is knocking them dead Sunday afternoons at 1. Listen up next Sunday. You can still sip your green beer. The concert was recorded by Ed Thompson in the Ohio Theatre last November 2. The program is the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. These you may know. Lush, dark, dramatic. Violin soloist Elina Vahala owns the concerto. Mr. Munoz brought with him music by American composer Henry Cowell (1897-1965), Ancient Desert Drones. That itself was worth the price of admission. But Tito Munoz is the big news. This unprepossessing young man from New York's High School of Music and Art is a tiger, a dynamo, a wizard.  He got a splendid sound out of an already splendid orchestra. You'll want to hear this performance. Don't miss  the Columbus Symphony Broadcast Series, Sundays at 1 pm on Classical 101.