In Georgia, Columbus Symphony offers “pay what you want” tickets

Posted on: November 16, 2016

“The Columbus Symphony Orchestra continues their season this weekend with ‘Transcendence: An evening of repertoire by Rochberg, Chopin and Brahms,’ ” writes Carrie Beth Wallace in Saturday’s (11/12) Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Georgia). “George del Gobo, maestro of the CSO, [says], ‘We really focused on works that had a rather cohesive and significant historical importance.’ … Pianist Claire Huangci … is thrilled to return to Columbus” for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The program also includes Transcendental Variations by George Rochberg (1918-2005) and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. “In addition to the concert, the CSO offers non-traditional audience members the chance to hear the CSO rehearse on the day of the concert. This is achieved through their S’MORES program,” which Del Gobo explained are “open dress rehearsals with an informal and all-inclusive atmosphere…. The CSO is breaking the financial barrier by encouraging attendees to ‘pay what you want.’ ” The Columbus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1855 and suspended during the Civil War and both World Wars; it has been in continuous operation since 1949. The CSO performs at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus. George Del Gobbo is in his 29th season as music director, and Cameron Bean serves as executive director.

Posted November 16, 2016