In collaboration with the Empowered Youth of Columbus‘ Crime Prevention program, a CSO musician provides free after-school group violin instruction to young children within the Muscogee County School District. This program is designed to instill in them the discipline, powers of concentration, and team work necessary to be successful, not only in music but in life. It is teaching life skills through music. Our goal is not to create professional musicians, but rather to enrich students’ lives through the creative pursuit of musical skills.
The inspirational qualities of music can be a powerful force in shaping the education of our children. This program is designed to introduce very young children to music through exposure to the instruments of the orchestra. Small ensembles of CSO musicians present hour-long programs to small groups of children, the size of the audience allowing for an “up close” intimacy that is not possible at larger concerts. The musicians perform and talk about their instruments. The children have the opportunity to make observations, ask questions, and, most importantly, to touch and play the variety of instruments in the CSO “instrument petting zoo.” This program is available to schools throughout the region, and is presented to more than 2,000-3,000 children annually.
Prior to specific concerts, Columbus area music students are invited to attend a master class taught by CSO musicians on technique and artistry. This master class series gives students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience while receiving immediate feedback from professional musicians. This program will give specific insight on soloistic and chamber performance practices as well as one-on-one instruction.
A group of CSO musicians perform conventional music in the most unconventional places. You never know where they might show up. Previous locations include Publix, Target, TSYS, and your local hospital.
Open Dress Rehearsals
Open Dress Rehearsals have an informal and all-inclusive atmosphere. The CSO is breaking the financial barrier by encouraging attendees to “pay what you want.” By allowing YOU to set the price, these rehearsals eliminate hesitation and exposes people who have not had the capabilities to partake in the music that is being created here in Columbus.
One hour prior to each classical concert, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers a casual pre-concert event called “Know the Score”. This thirty-minute lecture/ interview/discussion is led by Mr. Del Gobbo and offers some insight into the repertoire on that evening’s concert as well as occasional visits from guest artists and other “persons of interest.” Free Admission with Concert Ticket.
Conductor “Professor” George Del Gobbo will lead a class on various musical topics while you sip a glass of your favorite wine and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will be no homework or tests. That’s how we roll at “the U.”