Columbus Symphony returns to Ohio Theatre stage with Mozart and Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Posted on: October 6, 2020

“If the year had gone according to plan, the Columbus Symphony would be preparing to … perform the ambitious choral work ‘Carmina Burana’ this weekend,” writes Peter Tonguette in Friday’s (10/2) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “That plan was scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic…. Instead, the symphony will launch a modified fall season Friday and Saturday in the Ohio Theatre…. Each show [this fall] will be performed for 300 spectators, filling just over 10 percent of the venue’s capacity…. Recordings of the programs will later be posted on the symphony’s website…. This weekend’s concerts represent the group’s first appearance in the Ohio Theatre since March 7…. While most symphony concerts call for about 75 musicians, those on Friday and Saturday will feature around 47, [with] plexiglass partitions separating woodwind players…. The concerts on Friday and Saturday will open with the overture from Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ [and] the Symphony No. 2 by Black composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges…. Each subsequent program in the symphony’s fall season will also include a selection by a minority composer. ‘I thought it would be very appropriate for us to also showcase work by composers that probably have been neglected in the course of history,’ Music Director Rossen Milanov said.”