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. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number One, one of the most popular concertos for piano, will be performed by Ohio pianist Dror Biran originally from Israel, and the program ends with Sibelius’s Second Symphony.
On Sunday, December 15, two identical concerts will take place. The always popular holiday concerts Holiday inspired music feature guest artist Mark Alan Wade, world champion hammered dulcimer player, originally from Marysville.
Then, on Sunday, March 1, the concert opens with Ohio educated composer William Grant Still’s Festive Overture. The Symphony welcomes the return of violinist Simone Gallo from New Mexico State University and violist Randolph Kelly, Principal Viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. The concert concludes with the Spanish inspired Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakv and Respighi’s brilliant Roman Festivals.
Lastly, on Saturday, April 25, the concert opens with Symphony Number One by Oberlin trained composer George Walker, the first African Americans to win the Pulitzer Prize for composition. Pacho Flores, originally from Venezuela, considered to be the world’s finest trumpeter will perform Márquez’s Trumpet Concerto — possibly only the second performance in the United States.
The conert ends with Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island, The Dream of America, featuring actors and historic video images submitted by Delaware residents and dramatically highlighting the many heritages that have contributed to the United States. A companion program will feature students at Delaware’s Hayes High School. This will be a program not to miss.
As always, online ticket information will be available at the Symphony website.