Chris Botti, Beethoven, Schubert, et al. Set for Columbus Symphony 2012-2013 Season


Subscriptions are now on sale for the Columbus Symphony's 2012-13 Masterworks and Pops seasons. Masterworks will continue to present eight concerts at the Ohio Theatre and four concerts at the Southern Theatre. All Pops concerts will remain at the Ohio Theatre.


Season Opener Special Event – BEETHOVEN'S NINTH
Friday, October 5, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano
Adam Diegel, tenor
David Pittsinger, bass-baritone
Columbus Symphony Chorus

Handel, Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No. 1), HWV258
Mozart, Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral

Jean-Marie launches the season with Beethoven's uplifting Ninth Symphony performed by a brilliant quartet of guest vocalists, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, and the full orchestra. The work culminates with Ode to Joy, a heartening message of universal love and hope ("all men shall be brothers"). The evening's program also includes a grand ode for the coronation of England's King George II by Handel and a gentle motet by Mozart.

Friday, October 12, 8pm
Saturday, October 13, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

Glinka, Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Tchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23
Schubert, Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, The Great

From the soaring, folk-flavored themes of Tchaikovsky's beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 to Schubert's expansive and exhilarating final symphony, melody reigns supreme in this enthralling program. Winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, Armenian-born Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the finest pianists of today's promising young generation and will perform the Tchaikovsky work.

Friday, October 19, 8pm
Saturday, October 20, 8pm
Sunday, October 21, 3pm
Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Rossini, Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Rebel, Les élémens
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastoral

Jean-Marie will lead the orchestra in the familiar overture to Rossini's William Tell opera (ending with the galloping "Lone Ranger" theme) and a delightful suite of dances by the French Baroque composer, Jean-Féry Rebel, before guiding you through Beethoven's enchanting countryside landscapes in the refreshing "Pastoral" symphony.

Friday, November 2, 8pm
Saturday, November 3, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Elina Vähälä, violin

Cowell, Ancient Desert Drone
Sibelius, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as "a musician whose brilliant technique is matched by abundant spirit, sensitivity, and imagination," violinist Elina Vähälä channels the fire and poetic atmosphere of the mighty concerto penned by her fellow Finnish native, Jean Sibelius. Also featured is the sumptuous Romanticism of Rachmaninoff's melodious Symphony No. 2.

Friday, November 16, 8pm
Saturday, November 17, 8pm
Sunday, November 18, 3pm
Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Alicia Hui, CSO featured violin

Stravinsky, Octet
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 19
Milhaud, Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
Ravel, Suite from Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)

From magical fairy tales by Ravel to Milhaud's zesty South American samba, a brisk, neo-classical chamber piece by Stravinsky, and a lyrical and exciting violin concerto by the young Prokofiev, this intriguing program shows you how much bright, appealing music was composed during the first quarter of the 20th century.

Friday, January 4, 8pm
Saturday, January 5, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Strauss, Overture to Die Fledermaus
Strauss, Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D Major
Strauss, Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz)
Mozart, Concert-Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 382
Strauss, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

Works by composers who fell under the spell of Vienna's love for dance make up this irresistible program. A frothy operetta overture and a regal waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr. share the bill with the lilting suite from Richard Strauss' (no family relation) oh-so-Viennese opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Piano soloist Marc-André Hamelin, hailed as "one of the most complete musicians of his generation" for his debut concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, adds to your enjoyment with playful works by Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Friday, January 11, 8pm
Saturday, January 12, 8pm
Sunday, January 13, 3pm
Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.)
Monica Huggett, conductor/violin

Vivaldi, La primavera from The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, R. 269
Vivaldi, String Sinfonia alla Rustica
Vivaldi, String Sinfonia, RV 157
Vivaldi, L'estate from The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, R. 315
Locatelli, Lamento in F Minor
Vivaldi, L'autunno from The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, R. 293
Locke, The Tempest from Suite of Instrumental Music from The Tempest
Vivaldi, L'inverno from The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, R. 297

Celebrated Baroque music expert Monica Huggett performs double duty as conductor and violinist in this feast of 18th century favorites headlined by Vivaldi's enormously popular, ever-fresh concertos portraying the four seasons.


Friday, February 1, 8pm
Saturday, February 2, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Matthew Halls, conductor
GillIan Keith, soprano
Columbus Symphony Chorus

Haydn, Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese, Hob. XXIIIc:2
Mozart, Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165
Mozart, Regina coeli, K. 108
Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, Jupiter