CSO Announces 2018 Lineup For PICNIC WITH THE POPS

CSO Announces 2018 Lineup For PICNIC WITH THE POPSThe Columbus Symphony today announced the 2018 season lineup for its two annual summer outdoor concert series-Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.


Little River Band

Saturday, June 16

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Dubbed "the best singing band in the world" by Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, the Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success throughout the '70s and '80s with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits including "Reminiscing," "Lonesome Loser," "The Night Owls," "Take It Easy on Me," "The Other Guy," and "It's A Long Way There."


Rick Springfield

Saturday, June 23

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 US Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "An Affair of the Heart," "I've Done Everything for You," "Love Somebody," and "Human Touch."


Patriotic Pops featuring the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus

Saturday, June 30

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus joins the Columbus Symphony's grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever," topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks!


The Music of Billy Joel and More starring Michael Cavanaugh

Saturday, July 7
Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin' Out, Michael Cavanaugh received both Tony and Grammy nominations for the role. Named "the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook" by Billboard, Cavanaugh's show features hits like "My Life," "Movin' Out," "Just the Way You Are," and "River of Dreams."


HANSON String Theory

Saturday, July 14

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

After a sold-out world tour celebrating 25 years together, HANSON marks their 26th birthday with HANSON String Theory, a musical manifesto showcasing new and career-spanning works from the pop-rock trio of brothers.


Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Friday, July 20

Rossen Milanov, conductor

The CSO's popular Russian Winter Festival meets Picnic with the Pops in a summer celebration of all things Tchaikovsky. Titles include Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake, as well as audience favorite, the 1812 Overture.


Brian McKnight

Saturday, July 21

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter, and producer Brian McKnight has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with his soulful R&B hits including "Back at One," "One Last Cry," and "Crazy Love."


The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28

Stuart Chafetz & Dr. Christopher Hoch, conductors
Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season's gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and "The Pride of the Buckeyes." Don't miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with "The Best Damn Band in the Land" and fireworks!


General admission lawn tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.

Tables of 8 or 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $336-$830 per table. Catering for the table is available at the discretion of the purchaser. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614.469.0939.

Single table seats are also available and can be purchased in any quantity. Prices range from $45-$85 per seat, and catering is not available. Single table seats can be purchased by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. For Picnic concerts only, patrons are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on-site.

A group discount is available for parties of 15 or more. Call 614-469-0939 (ext. 2) for more information.

Sing, dance, and monkey around with the Columbus Symphony at two special family concerts recommended for children ages 3-12. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert activities will be available from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Concerts begin at 7 pm and run for approximately one hour. No intermission.


Superhero Soundtracks

Friday, June 29

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader as the Columbus Symphony performs the theme songs of your most beloved superheroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more!


Movie Music
Friday, July 13
Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Enjoy the signature songs of your favorite family films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and more!

Tickets are $10 for both children and adults. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the show, by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

Patrons may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages or purchase from on-site vendors.

www.ColumbusSymphony.com

All programs and artists are subject to change.

The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city's artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Robert W. Stevenson, Preston Davis, and Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

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