Greater Columbus Community Orchestra’s new chamber ensemble to debut

Posted on: August 18, 2017

“The Greater Columbus Community Orchestra rehearses and performs in Hilliard, but its membership—consisting of about 70 amateur musicians—hails from across central Ohio and beyond,” writes Peter Tonguette in Thursday’s (8/17) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio). “When Music Director Olev Viro had to choose a name for a new chamber-music ensemble made up of orchestra musicians, he decided to emphasize the organization’s ties to Hilliard. The [all-volunteer] Hilliard Bach Ensemble will perform its first concert Sunday at Hilliard Presbyterian Church…. Viro, also a violinist in the Columbus Symphony [said], ‘Every concert will have one piece by Bach, and then it could be anything.’ … Viro proposed creating the ensemble after the orchestra received the gift of a harpsichord from Weldon Adams, the retired music director of Covenant Presbyterian Church.… Sunday’s concert will [include] Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor … Concerto Grosso No. 1 by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) and ‘Bachianas Brasileiras’ by Heitor Villa-Lobos…. In addition to the regular schedule of orchestra performances, Viro plans at least one additional ensemble concert in the 2017-18 season and three more the following season.” The Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, formed in 1965, was originally the Northwest Civic Orchestra, changing its name in 2008.

Posted August 18, 2017