The number two reason that I like Fall is that the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University cranks up and greatly enhance my lifestyle with incredibly excellent live music performances. (The number one reason is the obvious one: the oppressive summer weather segues into refreshingly cooler days.)
There were two super concerts in the past few days. The Jazz Band got things off to a swinging start. Thank goodness the Jazz Band concerts were moved from the Studio Theater to the much classier Legacy Hall.
Then came last night’s Wind Orchestra’s richly toned “Across the Pond” concert. Except for Loch Lomond and a few strains of Danny Boy the British music was all new to me. Thankfully, even though is was relatively contemporary wind orchestra music, it was melodious and not discordant. It was great! The students playing it have to be some of the best in the world. No doubt having a world-class conductor like Jamie Nix is a major reason they perform so well.
And to put icing on this week’s musical cake, we get to enjoy the outstanding CSU Philharmonic Concert tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. We’ll get to hear Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2, followed by Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. With Paul Hostetter conducting, we’ll no doubt get a musical night to remember.