Posts Tagged ‘Bill Heard Theater’

A Big Night for the Columbus Symphony

April 23, 2012

Congratulations to George Del Gobbo, who was honored Saturday evening with a proclamation by Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson for his dedicated service in leading the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for twenty-five years.  The proclamation presented by City Manager Isaiah Hugley prior to the symphony’s  sensational concert.

The audience was blown away by the stunningly impressive performance  by 29-year-old violinist Tai Murray.  She played the extremely difficult and exciting Shostakovich Violin Concerto, Op. 99.  The standing  ovation that followed was loud and long. Not only was she in top form, the orchestra had never sounded better to me.

Columbus is truly fortunate to such a fine symphony orchestra, the second oldest in the country, founded in 1855. The New York Philharmonic was the first.  The CSO went dormant during the Civil War, and World War I and II, but was reborn in 1949 under the baton of Robert M. Barr. Harry Kruger followed Barr and Del Gobbo followed Kruger.

Not only does this year mark Del Gobbo’s 25th anniversary of leading the orchestra, it is also the tenth year of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Delo Gobbo writes in this season’s program guide, “This remarkable building is certainly a treasured jewel in the crown of the city.” Indeed!

What was truly encouraging was the impressive number of young people attending the concert. They have to be exposed to the world’s most beautiful music in order for symphonic music to survive. To me, there is still nothing musically that matches the  sound of a live symphony orchestra.  Even with today’s marvelous recording technology, live still is best, especially in  a hall with the acoustics of the Bill Heard Theater.  Internationally acclaimed artists that perform there rave over the “beautiful hall with its remarkable accoustics.”

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Schwob School of Music’s Kaleidoscope Was Brilliant Again

April 26, 2010

That was great!  It was wonderful!  Marvelous! Those were superlatives that filled the air following the Schwob School of Music’s annual Kaleidoscope Concert at Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCenter.  They were uttered following prolonged, thunderous applause, whistling,  and cheering as the CSU Philharmonic played the finale. 

One of the reasons for the huge hand was the fact that the audience had built up all of that applause from having to sit on its hands at the end of each triumphant performance by the school’s different musical groups and soloists.  Schwob School of Music Executive Director Fred Cohen asked the audience not to applaud until the end because the concert was designed to be seamless with one selection immediately following another one.  The ensembles and soloist were all over the theater, some on the stage, some in the orchestra pit, and some in the boxes. 

The talent this school of music possesses is phenomenal, both students and teachers.  And they come not just from all over the United States, but, also,  from other countries.  The school is attracting outstanding students and teachers, and that is due, in no small part,  to the financial and moral support it gets from Columbus area music lovers.  If you missed Kaleidoscope this year,  make sure you don’t next year. It’s a performance event you won’t forget.

Oh, we should also congratulate the production staff at the Bill Heard Theater.  Control of lighting was critical, and it was flawless.