The New Arts Season, Part 1

They want YOU to go to the opera(Photo: photo stock)
They want YOU to go to the opera(Photo: photo stock)

This is my twice yearly “Cow town, my ___  (bottom) post.

Here are a few of the arts events I’m looking forward to as the 2012-2013 season gets under way.  Just a few mind you.

Remember, you’ll hear these concerts and more, broadcast on Classical 101.

As a part of this preview, I’ve indicated a which performances are especially recommended for first time audience member (look for a + next to the program title) or are great for cuddling up and enjoy as a part of great date night (*).

Columbus Symphony

Beethoven Symphony 9 +*
October 5 – Opening Night
The performance will feature the orchestra at full steam and the terrific Columbus Symphony Chorus. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts at the Ohio Theatre.

Beethoven, Symphony 6 Pastoral with music by Rossini and Rebel
October 19-21
Jean-Maria Zeitouni conducts at the Southern Theatre.

Rachmaninoff, Symphony 2 and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Elina Vahala
November 2 and 3
Tito Munoz conducts at the Ohio Theatre.

Opera Columbus

Puccini’s La boheme +*
Sundays October 14 – November 18
Witness Puccini’s La bohem in a way you’ve never seen the world’s favorite opera. Opera Columbus is collaborating with Shadowbox for an English language cabaret setting, with some of Columbus’s finest young singers. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. Performance’s at Shadowbox, 501 S. Front St.

Pro Musica
Big time orchestras are in bankruptcy or fading away. Columbus’s two orchestras are thriving.

Opening Night
October 14
Timothy Russell conducts with Sergio and Odair Assad, guitar playing virtuosi hunkmeisters. Music by Ravel, Copland (Appalachian Spring) and the world-premiere of a ProMusica commission Album de Retratos at the Southern Theatre.

Mozart Violin Concerto 3 and Piano concerto 24 plus music by Martinu and Bartok
November 10
Vadim Gluzman is back with Alessandro Bax, piano at the Southern Theatre.

Messiah Sing-Long *
December 14
ProMusica’s Messiah Sing-Long at the Southern Theatre is perfect for date night!

Ballet Met

The American Songbook +*
September 21-October 7
Tributes in dance to Patsy Cline, with Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline and Sammy Davis Jr. celebrated in dance with Darrell Grand Moultrine’s Simply Sammy. Ballet Met collaborates with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus at Ballet Met Performance Space, 322 Mt Vernon Ave.

Dracula +
October 26-November 3
The bite that keeps on giving! Returning by popular demand, always a blast and a sell-out! This performance takes place at the Capital Theatre.

December 7-23
Ohio Theatre

Chamber Music Columbus

St. Lawrence String Quartet
September 15
A most welcome return to Columbus, formed in 1989 and in residence at Stanford University, the performance will take place at the Southern Theatre.

Pianist Spencer Myer
October 6
In a few years we won’t be able to afford this guy, so see him now at the Southern Theatre.

Early Music in Columbus

Armonia Celeste *+
September 28
Listen up, lovers! (Udite, amanti!)  The urgency of love — in music before 1700 — performed by Armonia Celeste, three singers with lute and theoboro. The performance takes place at Capital University’s Mees Hall starting at 8 p.m. A pre-concert lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m.