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This Fall With The Columbus Symphony

Fall Autumn Leaves

The Columbus Symphony opened the current season with four cheering houses, collaborating with Opera Columbus and Ballet Met for Twisted 3. Rossen Milanov conducted the ballet, and opened the evening with the CSO and Stravinsky’s dazzling ballet Petrushka.

Concerts at the Ohio Theater resume this weekend with an American Festival. Milanov conducts scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. This great American opera is currently enjoying sold out houses at the Met in New York. Columbus will hear A Concert of Songs from Porgy and Bess, along with a new work.

Sanctuary Road is an oratorio by Paul Moravec (music) and Mark Campbell (libretto). The work is based on the writings of William Still (1821-1902), who helped nearly eight hundred slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.


Crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky was often the first glimpse of freedom en route to Canada. Columbus was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Tenor Noah Stewart, who starred in Opera Columbus‘s La Boheme a few seasons back, returns to Columbus to sing in Sanctuary Road.

Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus symphony, October 11 and 12.

The Romantic Cello presents Elgar’s autumnal Cello Concerto, on a program with Brahms Third Symphony. The Columbus Symphony welcomes the Spanish cellist Pablo Fernandez to the Ohio Theater. Elgar’s Cello Concerto is that composer’s final work, written at the end of World War I. The haunting opening theme in particular can be heard as a summing up of the world devastation in 1919, after four years of war and a flu epidemic killed millions.

The program includes Res Pinturas Velazquenas by Jesus Torres (b. 1965), “an aural reflection of three of the most famous paintings by Diego Velázquez”.

Rossen Milanov conducts with cellist Pablo Fernandez, November 1-2 in the Ohio Theater


Pianist Fei-Fei, a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Competition comes to Columbus to play Chopin’s First Piano Concerto November 15-16 in the Ohio Theater. Also on the program, the much loved Enigma Variations by Elgar, and Mendelssohn’s concert overture Calm See and Prosperous Voyage.


Save the date! Handel’s Messiah, with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. November 22-24 in the Southern Theater.

This TV piece is from last year, but the sound is wonderful!


With the wonderful Columbus Symphony Chorus and music director Ronald J. Jenkins. Three performances in the Southern Theater, November 22, 23 and 24. 

COMING IN 2020: The Columbus Symphony presents music by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Saint-Saens, Bruckner and Bartok’s opera Bluebeard's Castle.