In Columbus, Ohio, taking classical music out of the concert hall

Posted on: March 29, 2017

“Over the years, many musicians have taken classical music into venues that seem a little out of character,” writes Boyce Lancaster on Monday (3/27) at WOSU Radio (Columbus, OH). “I remember an event ProMusica Chamber Orchestra used to stage, called Prancing with ProMusica. It was held in an arena at the Ohio State Fairgrounds…. The orchestra played while various types of horses performed—gaited horses, miniature horses, Clydesdales, Arabians and many others. One piece featured a hunting theme, with riders in full hunting garb on their mounts, set to music by Johann Strauss.… The audience loved it, laughing until they cried. And the orchestra never missed a beat during that memorable event…. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers free Happy Hour concerts, presenting the orchestra and music in a more laid-back setting. Along with supporting the CSO Happy Hour concerts as well as many of our local arts organizations, Jack and Zoe Johnstone are taking the music to the audience with their offerings of cutting-edge music in free concerts staged around Columbus…. Kudos to our local performers and presenters for experimenting with new and interesting ways to bring great music and music lovers together.”

Posted March 29, 2017