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'Tis the New Season: The Arts in Columbus This Fall

The new arts season has me excited as always and eager to tell you more about it, including 'behind the scenes' stuff where appropriate (or legal). The Columbus Symphony: This is Jean-Marie Zeitouni's last season with us as Music Director. Nevertheless, he has plenty to do in our fair city through next May. The CSO begins its classical series on October 5 at 8 PM in the Ohio Theater. Zeitouni conducts a one night only performance of Mahler's Symphony no. 2, the great 'Resurrection' Symphony. Great for the orchestra and great for the audience which also hears the CSO Chorus on this program. The Mahler Second takes us to a choral promise of paradise in one of the most cathartic finales I know. Above is a sample. I'm pleased to tell you that this performance will be broadcast live on Classical 101. Ballet Met welcomes a new Artistic Director, Edwaard Liang. Everybody loves Swan Lake (you know you do) and no company dances it better than Ballet Met. Or the Cincinnati Ballet, since this is a co-production. Ohio Theater October 18-20. I especially enjoy Ballet Met's series at their on site theater on Mt. Vernon Avenue, where new work is often work-shopped. Another highlight for me is Balanchine's  Symphony in C, coming in March. Not forgetting The Nutcracker, Ballet Met at The Ohio Theater, Dec. 12-24. Watch this space for more news of Mr. Liang. Here's an interview from Liang's work with the Tulsa Ballet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAvGXSbM98Q  Chamber Orchestra has never played a boring program. This season is no exception. ProMusica too has a new leader, conductor David Danzmayr begins his first full season as Artistic Director. Opening night is Sunday, October 13 in the Southern Theater. Charles Ives Three Places in New England  and Schubert's Symphony 5 (dear to me) and are on the program. Cellist Matt Moskovitz is the soloist for a jazzy Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda.  I told you-ProMusica is never boring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1X1Eqoq7NY Opera Columbus The exquisite Peggy Kriha Dye has put together thew re birth of Opera Columbus, back as a producing organization with a (largely) locally cast Madama Butterfly,  November 22 and 24 in the Southern Theater. But wait! Last fall Opera/Columbus collaborated with Stev Guyer and Shadowbox for a cabaret-style La boheme. Snob that I am I was all set to rant and rave about this desecration. I'm glad I (for once) shut up. The joint was packed for multiple performances with everyone having a good time all the time. This fall, come to Shadowbox for the cabaret style Merry Widow by Franz Lehar. They'll sell a lot of champagne, so you'll be buzzed and happy. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Oct. 26, at Shadowbox. More to come....stay tuned.