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A Russian Winter Festival Week in Columbus

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This week, Maestro Rossen Milanov and the musicians of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will join artistic forces with multiple lecturers and venues to celebrate the art and culture of Russia. Events include an afternoon of art and music at the CMA, a vodka tasting with hors d'oeuvres made by the maestro, and a fabulous guest pianist with Russian roots. 

Chagall and the Great Russian Composers

Wednesday, January 6th at 2:00 PM, Columbus Museum of Art

As part of the Mozart to Matisse series with the Columbus Museum of Art, pianist Caroline Hong will represent the Columbus Symphony with selections of Russian piano music paired with an afternoon art lecture in the Cardinal Health Auditorium. 

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Music and Politics with Shostakovich's Symphony no.5

Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 PM, Ohio Theatre

Shostakovich walked a tightrope by composing in the Soviet-led Russia, and his relationship with the Soviet government was often complicated at best.

CSO director, Rossen Milanov, will discuss this unique creative and political atmosphere before playing his fifth symphony.

After the concert, join Rossen and the CSO musicians for a vodka tasting and smoked salmon mousse hors d'oeuvres made by Rossen himself! 

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Soundbites with the CSO

All weekend at Black Creek Bistro, Old Town East, Columbus 

This weekend, along with experiencing how Russia sounds, you can find out how Russia tastes at Black Creek Bistro, courtesy of the CSO Soundbites. Check out what chef Jonathan Olson has in store here

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Rossen Milanov conducts the CSO.

The Russian Winter Festival, Part I featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition 

Friday, January 8th at 8:00 PM, Ohio Theatre

Enjoy some of the best music of Russia back-to-back as the CSO kicks off the two-part Russian Winter Festival. 

The Russian Winter Festival, Part II featuring pianist Natasha Paremski

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Born in Moscow and raised in the United States, pianist Natasha Paremski is possibly the best performer to introduce an American audience to the music of Russia.

The CSO concludes a week dedicated to the music and culture of Russia with Rachmaninoff's demanding Piano Concerto no. 3 and the return of Shostakovich'sSymphony no. 5