2017-2018 Season

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Verdi’s Requiem

17353236_1456238047720095_4361050645144652155_nMasterworks Series | April 21, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Columbus State University Choral Union, Auburn University Chamber Choir, LaGrange College Choir
Karen Foster, soprano | Stacey Rishoi, mezzo soprano | J. Warren Mitchell, tenor | Nathan Stark, bass

The orchestra is joined by choral forces from CSU, Auburn University, and LaGrange College in this presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece. Composed in 1874 to honor the great Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, it is among the most frequently performed major choral works ever written.







Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto

17458230_1456237704386796_3729563791795593146_nMasterworks Series | September 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM

The new season begins with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular piano concerto by brilliant young pianist Yun-Chin Zhou. The program also includes Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Sibelius’ Finlandia. It’s a concert of top-ten classical favorites!

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat Major, Op. 23
               Yun-Chin Zhou, piano

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”


Mozart & Ravel

17457388_1456237741053459_6626205850804163400_nLegacy Hall Series | October 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM

One of Mozart’s last great symphonies and Ravel’s tour-de-force for woodwinds bookend CSO Principal Flute Jim Zellers’ performance of Lowell Liebermann’s beautiful flute concerto.

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Liebermann: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39
               Jim Zellers, flute

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 541


Khashimov Plays Brahms

17458040_1456237771053456_6861831347465892575_nMasterworks Series | October 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Prize-winning violinist, Nadir Khashimov returns to Columbus to play Brahms’ only violin concerto. Also programmed are Beethoven’s “Pastorale” symphony and Grieg’s haunting melodies.

Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77
               Nadir Khashimov, violin

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastorale”

A Celebration of America’s Veterans

17553521_1456237807720119_9086969464631882760_nPops Series | November 9, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Join us in a Pops concert honoring the contributions and sacrifices America’s military men and women have made to ensure the country’s safety and guarantee our freedom. The program will include popular and patriotic music from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Get your FREE ticket with valid Military ID!

Unusual Percussion & A Little “Rach”

17629847_1456261087717791_8474907495047862535_nMasterworks Series | January 20, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Never have recycled cans, hubcaps, and bottles of all shapes and sizes sounded so amazing. Jarvlepp’s concerto is a masterpiece of whimsical repurposing and ingenuity. Pair it with Rachmaninoff’s lush, lyrical, post-Romantic symphony and you have a concert experience you will never forget.

Jarvlepp: Garbage Concerto: A Concerto for Recycled Trash and Orchestra
               Paul Vaillancourt & Up/Down Percussion

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27

Baroque Suites & Sweets

17629831_1456237887720111_6606112253885201013_nLegacy Hall Series | February 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Hear the best music of the two greatest Baroque composers, enjoy champagne and delicious desserts at intermission, and fulfill your Valentine’s Day obligations all in one evening. What could be better than that? (Okay, throw in a little jewelry…)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
               Kevin Lyons, trumpet | Kerren Berz, violin | Jim Zellers, flute | Erica Howard, oboe

Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Handel: Water Music: Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348
Handel: Water Music: Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349

Super Heroes & Villains

17553558_1456237981053435_8839478760264597921_nPops Series | February 24, 2018 | 7:30 PM

This rollicking Pops concert searches film scores and television sound tracks to present music that pits the most virtuous super heroes against the most vile, evil super villains. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and all the rest will do battle with their arch nemeses. At the end, only one will remain standing (and it probably won’t be conductor George Del Gobbo).

Sleeping Beauty

17553604_1456238017720098_2199768766483716687_nFamily Concert | March 16, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Lobby Activities begin at 6:30pm


The CSO and the dancers of The Columbus Ballet join together for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty. Special pre-concert activities all around the RiverCenter will make this delightful evening for the whole family!

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (abridged)

Season Ticket Prices


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    • Kristen Hudson

      Hello Tom!

      The SMORES dates for the upcoming season are:

      September 16, 2017
      October 7, 2017
      October 21, 2017
      January 20, 2018
      February 13, 2018
      April 21, 2018

      We hope to see you there!

    • Kristen Urbanski

      Hi Michelle,

      We will have our “A Celebration of America’s Veterans” concert on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM. That will be our last concert until we return for “Unusual Percussion & A Little ‘Rach'” on January 20, 2018. Please let me know if you are wanting any more information about these concerts!

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