In Ohio, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s free outdoor summer concerts

Posted on: August 7, 2015

In Thursday’s (8/6) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Peter Tonguette writes about the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, which “usually hopscotches between two venues, the Southern Theatre and the Pontifical College Josephinum. During its Summer Music Series, though, the orchestra temporarily plants itself at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The series will begin tonight, with performances of different programs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday; all are free. ‘It has a completely different vibe than playing in a concert hall,’ said concertmaster Katie McLin, adding that both the music and the venue attract audiences. ‘There are kids dancing in front of the stage when we play,’ McLin said.” Music director and conductor David Danzmayr’s wife, Kathrin, “will make her first appearance with ProMusica as she sings songs from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The soprano … will sing with tenor Stephen Keyes (president of the orchestra’s board of trustees) in a rendition of ‘Tonight.’ … The orchestra will also perform the overture to West Side Story, followed by waltzes by Eduard and Johann Strauss…. Danzmayr, who was born in Austria, looks forward to leading the waltzes. ‘Not every conductor loves to do them, but I love to conduct them,’ Danzmayr said. ‘For me, it’s in my blood.’ ”

Posted August 7, 2015