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Let The Music Play On

2 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Like other central Ohio arts organizations, the Central Ohio Symphony has taken a hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts have been cancelled which bring needed revenue to the ensemble, including the Building CommUNITY concert that was to take place last week but has been postponed to as-yet-to-be-determined date.

Not to be deterred, the Symphony has since taken its performances online. More…

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CSO March Concert: Mozart And More

19 Feb , 2020  

On Sunday, March 1, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra welcomes the return of two artists and presents a varied program which evokes the sound of festivals and fun.

The concert opens with Ohio educated composer William Grant Still’s Festive Overture, followed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, considered by many to be the composer’s most successful of the genre, a cross-over between symphony and concerto. More…

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Ohio Arts Organizations Receive Federal Grant Funding

18 Jan , 2020  

Twenty-five Ohio arts organizations, including one based in Delaware County, have been awarded federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works and Challenge America grant programs, the National Endowment for the Arts announced in a media release on Wednesday.

The Ohio awards total $525,000, with individual grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to support arts programs and initiatives throughout the state. More…


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Tickets Now Available For COSO Holiday Concerts

10 Dec , 2019  

UPDATED: Two identical concerts on the same day are sure to put music lovers in the holiday mood — particularly when they are full of holiday-inspired music and sing-alongs.

The Central Ohio Symphony Holiday Concerts will take place at 2 PM and 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 15 in Gray Chapel, University Hall.

Both concerts will feature guest artist Mark Alan Wade, national champion hammered dulcimer player. Wade, originally from Marysville, is an acoustic master and a headline performer in concerts and music festivals around the country. More…

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Symphony Announces 41st Season

1 Sep , 2019  

The Central Ohio Symphony has announced its 41st season, which includes one of the most popular piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, a major symphony by Sibelius, and guest artists from both local and world stages.

Included will be orchestra highlights that span music from Mozart to today, all in beautiful Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. Join conductor Jaime Morales-Matos and the Central Ohio Symphony musicians for a season of beautiful and powerful music to touch your heart. More…

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Central Ohio Symphony Announces 2019-2020 Season

21 Jul , 2019  

It’s another super season for the Central Ohio Symphony – number 41, to be exact – full of both traditional and new fare.

The year opens on Saturday, October 26 with the Symphony performing the Divertimento for Strings written by the Symphony’s Conduct Laureate Christopher Weait performed in celebration of his 80th birthday in 2019. More…

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Music And Fireworks

2 Jul , 2019  

It’s almost here – the Central Ohio Symphony’s traditional Fourth of July Concert, followed by the City of Delaware’s annual fireworks extravaganza.

From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, join the Symphony for their 34th annual holiday concert featuring your favorite patriotic music including the 1812 Overture, complete with cannon blasts! More…

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CSO Closes Landmark Season With Local Focus

27 Apr , 2019  

How do you finish a milestone 40th season? If you’re the Central Ohio Symphony, you do it in spectacular fashion, with a finale concert featuring five artists with Delaware connections. “Local Focus Presented by PNC Arts Alive,” the final performance of the Symphony’s 40th subscription season, will feature a piano soloist, a world renown photographer, and three composers, all with Delaware ties, all under the direction of conductor Jaime Morales-Matos.

The concert will take place at 7:30 PM on Saturday, April 27 at Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.  It is made possible by a PNC Foundation grant through thePNC Arts Alive initiative.

“This is our fourth PNC Arts Alive grant,” said Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. “PNC’s generous support underscores its commitment to supporting a strong local arts community. We are grateful for their recognition of what the Symphony brings to this area.”

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation that challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking to expand audience participation and engagement.

“A thriving arts community bolsters our economy and provides personal value to all of us who live, work and play in central Ohio,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for Columbus.  “Programs like the Central Ohio Symphony’s ‘Local Focus’ introduce theatre to new audiences and future theatre talent.”

The Symphony also received a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for this program and community events in conjunction with this event.

The concert is unique in that it features two world premieres of compositions, a world premiere of an orchestral version of a third composition, the professional debut of the concert pianist, and a world premiere film featuring America’s national parks. Hyer explained that while the Symphony has premiered numerous works over its 40 years, this will the first time where almost every work and artist, from photographer to composers to soloist, are experiencing firsts.

As has been the case for every subscription concert this season, the concert will open with a 40 second fanfare commissioned by the Symphony, this one by composer Danny Clay, who grew up in Delaware County and graduated from Buckeye Valley High School.  Clay’s work,Four Seconds, was composed in collaboration with the 4th graders of Buckeye Valley West Elementary. The first half of the program will feature Delaware native Jacob Miller, a doctoral student at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, making his professional debut as soloist on George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, and the world premiere of the filmExpedition by Frank Ruggles, the first ever Artist Ambassador to the National Parks Trust and a graduate of Delaware Hayes High School. The film will play to the music of two original compositions, Blue Glacier Decoy by former Ohio Wesleyan composition professor Jennifer Jolley, and Kéyah, by composer and OWU graduate Lauren Spavelko. After the intermission, the orchestra will perform Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9“From the New World.”

Hyer commented on the ambitious and Delaware-oriented program. “‘Local Focus’ shows the amazing amount of talent that is available even in smaller communities, and how different artists—composers, photographers, musicians—can come together to create amazing art. This concert is an event to celebrate Delaware and those who contribute to it in so many ways.”

Asked what the audience could expect, Hyer summed it up expansively. “Concertgoers will hear two major works of the classical repertoire. Gershwin remains one of the most popular American composers some 80 years after his death and we are excited to have Jacob Miller perform this demanding work. With his New World Symphony, Dvořák captured the unique flavor and sounds of American music as he interpreted it from his European viewpoint.” It is one of the most popular symphonies, performed the world over.

“As for the film and the two compositions, this is a visual and musical painting of our land, of the grandeur and beauty of America. Frank Ruggles through his unique talent captures dramatic and stunning imagery that few of us ever have the opportunity to see. The compositions complement the film and the film was created to complement the music in return, giving the audience a unique exposure to America’s natural beauty.”

Community activities will take place in Delaware County during the concert week at the Symphony’s website,

Tickets for this concert may be purchased at the Symphony Source office, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware or online at, or at the box office the night of the concert. Ticket prices are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors, $6.00 for students of all ages, and $4.00 for children.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website,, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

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Delaware City Digest Looks At Central Ohio Symphony

23 Mar , 2019  

Friday’s edition of the Delaware City Digest included a look at the 40th anniversary season of the Central Ohio Symphony. Take a listen below.


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Big And Glorious Music

15 Mar , 2019  

It makes sense that big music needs big spaces and a big number of performers.

And few pieces of music get larger that the Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi, originally written in 1874 for four soloists, double choir, and orchestra. More…

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Central Ohio Symphony Among NEA Grant Recipients

20 Feb , 2019  

Twenty-nine Ohio recipients have been awarded grants through the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowship programs.

A Delaware County non-profit has been a recipient of such a grant. More…

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Celebrate The Season With Sound

25 Nov , 2018  

Soaring music for the Christmas season will be the focus on Sunday, December 9 as the Central Ohio Symphony presents their annual Holiday Concerts.

We say “concerts,” as there will be two identical performances on the same day, one at 2:00 PM and the other at 4:30 PM. Both will take place in Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. More…

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