Columbus Symphony opens season with Renée Fleming

Posted on: October 1, 2021

“The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by featured performer Renée Fleming, hosted its first concert of the 2021-2022 season Saturday,” writes Emma Wozniak in Wednesday’s (9/29) Lantern (Ohio State University’s student newspaper). “The concert, held in the Ohio Theatre, marked a big occasion for the orchestra—the first performance of its 70th season, Denise Rehg, executive director of the orchestra, said…. ‘The pandemic … forced us to really think creatively about how we could provide for the community,’ Rehg said … increasing the number of local children being served by the orchestra from 20,000 to 60,000, hosting 28 free, outdoor concerts for Columbus residents and forming a partnership with Columbus City Schools…. The symphony decided to stream concerts online and perform without an audience from October 2020 to February 2021, Rossen Milanov, music director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, said…. Enforcing social distancing, requiring masks and limiting audience capacity, [allowed] the orchestra … to come together and perform with a live audience once again in February…. Over the past several weeks, the orchestra prepared for the opening concert of the 2021-2022 season.… Now, the orchestra is turning its attention to its [upcoming performances with violinist] Stefan Jackiw.”