It’s your last chance this year to hear one the finest college symphony orchestras in the world, the Columbus State University Philharmonic Orchestra. Who says it’s one of the finest? I do. How would I know? Good question. Last time I discussed it with retired CSU President Frank Brown, he agreed with me. We couldn’t both be wrong. Do we have ties with CSU and could that influence our opinion? Well yes, we do have ties. He was president for 20 years, and I got a degree there and facilitate a course about Abraham Lincoln for the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning ,which is a part of the CSU continuing education program. Still, we have both listened to a lot of symphonic music over the course of our lives, and that’s a long time, so we do have some idea of when an orhestra is good. I could also point out that I was a professional musician, but that’s only because I got paid for playing, not because I was a great concert, big band, and jazz combo drummer. I was good enough to know I wasn’t anything to brag about. Still, I did get paid.
Anyway, you can judge for yourself tomorrow night, Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 7:30 at Legacy Hall, whether the CSU Philharmonic is one of the best. After you attend, you can come back to this post, hit the comment button and let me know if you agree or disagree. If you love symphonic music, don’t miss it. They are playing Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, and 3 movements from Bach’s Orchestral Suite #3 and a piece called “Nightsongs” for trumpet and strings and piano. Not only will you enjoy it, you’ll be showing your support for the outstanding , School of Music.