As Maestro George Del Gobbo says, “There is nothing in the world like hearing a symphony orchestra live.” The first symphony orchestra I heard live was the Pittsburg Symphony when it came to Columbus in the mid-1940s. I have been hooked on that wonderful sound since. And, believe me, being live makes a huge difference.
The CSO season, which starts Saturday, Sept. 13 at the River Center at 7:30, has something for everyone, including a concert that features the lush sounds of a symphony playing some country music favorites. The opener Saturday is an all Tchaikovsky concert. This is great powerful, passionate, romantic, beautiful symphonic music with melodies that you’ll humming on your way back to your car. Do yourself a favor and join me Saturday and experience what Maestro Del Gobbo says is sound that “comes from the depths of the human soul.”
Oh, the T-shirt is something I won a few years ago when the orchestra held a pops concert that featured an audience quiz. The orchestra played excerpts and the person who identified the most titles won some tickets and a T-shirt. It was my lucky day. I got all of them. The concert had been scheduled for the band shell in Weracoba Park, but it was moved into the Jordan High auditorium because of rain. That old auditorium has excellent acoustics.