Columbus Symphony Concludes 2016-17 Season with One-Night-Only Performance of Mahler's Third

Columbus Symphony Concludes 2016-17 Season with One-Night-Only Performance of Mahler's ThirdThe Columbus Symphony's 2016-17 season concludes with a one-night-only performance of Gustav Mahler's most all-embracing composition-his Symphony No. 3. On its vast canvas, he paints a soul-stirring hymn to nature in all its miraculous facets, writing, "My piece...begins at the heart of inanimate nature and ascends to the love of God." Conducted by Columbus Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov, the program will feature Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, the Columbus Symphony's Women's Chorus, and the Columbus Children's Choir to add extra luster to this stunning, must-see event.

The Columbus Symphony presents Mahler's Third at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Saturday, May 20, at 8pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.

The 2016-17 Masterworks Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor Anne Melvin.

Prelude - Patrons are invited to join WOSU's Christopher Purdy at 7pm for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion about the works to be performed.

Postlude - After the program, patrons are invited to mingle with Maestro Milanov, the musicians of the Columbus Symphony, and the vocalists of the Columbus Symphony Women's Chorus in a post-concert reception in the Galbreath Pavilion.

About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed his second season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to enthusiastic acclaim. He is also Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Spain's Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA).

The 2016-17 CSO season builds upon many of the innovative ideas that were introduced in his first season-thematic festivals, enrichment programs, integrated experiences, and collaborations with other local cultural institutions. In Princeton, he is continuing the tradition of adventurous programming and collaborating with violinist Leila Josefowicz, clarinetist David Krakauer, and composers Saad Haddad and Zhou Tian. In Spain, he will conduct the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa with the Oviedo Opera and the gala concert of the "Princess of Asturias" awards with OSPA.

Milanov has collaborated with some of the world's preeminent artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances as Associate Conductor and as Artistic Director of the Orchestra's summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.

Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

About guest vocalist Kelley O'Connor

Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication far beyond her years, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation.

About composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. Within his lifetime, his status as a conductor was established beyond question, but his own music only gained wide popularity after periods of relative neglect including a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945, Mahler's compositions were rediscovered and championed by a new generation of listeners and he became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers. His Symphony No. 3 was written between 1893 and 1896. It is his longest piece and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire.

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