Kudos to the Columbus Symphony Chorus

The Columbus Symphony chorus under the direction of Ronald Jenkins can sing anything(Photo: Columbus Symphony)
The Columbus Symphony chorus under the direction of Ronald Jenkins can sing anything(Photo: Columbus Symphony)

With few exceptions, choristers are not paid in the United States.

Instead, we have the all volunteer amateur chorus, ‘amateur’ at its best meaning “for love.”

This past weekend the Columbus Symphony Chorus returned to the Ohio Theater for performances of Haydn’s Te Deum for Maria Teresa and Mozart’s Regina Coeli, K. 108. We heard Haydn at the end of his magnificent and long career, and Mozart near the beginning of 20 years the of music the like which the world will never again know.

These days, one often encounters this music sung by small-scale vocal ensembles, with a judicious use of vibrato. When our chorus declaimed “Te deum laudamus” after Haydn’s pithy orchestra introduction,  I adjusted my ears and (nearly) died happy. Our chorus gave warm, full-voiced and exciting performances of composers who deserve nothing less. It’s a big group, our Columbus Symphony chorus, and a great collective stage presence.

We’ve already enjoyed our choristers in the voice shredder of all-time, Beethoven’s 9th. Coming up is my desert island favorite, Brahms German Requiem. The Brahms will require a different kind of intensity. It will be holy, deeply moving and worth more than the price of admission.

Ronald Jenkins trains and conducts the Columbus Symphony Chorus. Under his leadership the chorus can sing anything and fears nothing. I sang in the Beethoven 9th once and love it every time I hear it as long as someone else is singing. They are always magnificent. They are not paid.

So remember, to hear them is to hear love.

Comments
  • Doris Oursler, Alto II

    Christopher, thank you so much for your words of appreciation for the Chorus. This is my 30th year with this group, and every time we are on stage I am very proud and honored to be a part of it. This last weekend was magical, just too much gorgeous music to absorb! Thanks again for being part of our cheering squad.