“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