Columbus Symphony Chorus
Superbly balanced, well-rehearsed and confident.
The Columbus Symphony Chorus, beginning its 56th season, continues to excel under the direction of Maestro Ronald J. Jenkins. Under his leadership for the past thirty-two years, the Chorus has grown both in the quality of its performances and in the diversity of its classical repertoire.
The 140-member Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach through the 21st century. Past performances have included the requiems of Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, Mozart, and Duruflé; the Bach B Minor Mass; Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Haydn's Lord Nelson and Harmonie Mass; Haydn's Creation and the Seasons; works by Rossini, Orff, Walton, Britten, and Prokofiev; and concert performances of operas, including this past May, Bizet’s Carmen. In 2013 the chorus premiered Stephen Paulus' "Of Songs and Singing," conducted by Jenkins and commissioned by the chorus to honor his 30+ years of service. In addition to their classical concerts, the Chorus's annual Holiday ‘Pops’ concerts, conceived and directed by Jenkins from their beginning in 1983, have grown into one of the best-loved musical traditions in the central Ohio area, including three performances on the first weekend of December.
A few excerpts from reviews in the press:
- Darrel Rosenbluth, New York Concert Review critic remarked of the Chorus after their April, 2001 performance of Prologue in Heaven from Mefistofele, "This was choral singing of impeccable realization and subtle shading that carried the celestial paradise of Boito's text to earthly ears."
- Of Carmina Burana, Dispatch music critic Barbara Zuck wrote, "The chorus cleanly and clearly led us all through the work's many colors and temperaments."
- In the Beethoven, the chorus was acclaimed for its “glorious delivery” and in the Haydn, the chorus was given “top billing for its hushed entrance and exquisite, buoyant beauty achieved again and again, and most-consistently conveying the qualities of naiveté and sweetness.”
- The Symphony Chamber Chorus presented Faure’s Requiem of which music critic Zuck wrote, “Faure’s setting of this mass requires just the right approach, which Jenkins and his musicians found to perfection.”
The Symphony Chorus’ 2016-2017 season will include:
October 28 and 29: Giuseppe Verdi Requiem. Conducted by Music Director, Rossen Milanov
Columbus Symphony Chorus; Michelle Johnson, soprano; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano; Evan Johnson, tenor; Burak Bilgili, bass
December 2, 3, and 4: 2016 Holiday ‘Pops’ conducted by Ronald Jenkins; CSO Chorus
March 3 and 4: Mussorgsky, Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky Hymn of the Cherubim
May 20: Mahler Symphony No. 3. CSO Women’s Chorus. Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
June 23: Beethoven 9th Symphony, concert on the Columbus Commons, 8 pm.
July 1, 8 pm and July 2, 2:30 pm: Beethoven 9th at the Chautauqua Institution with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Rossen Milanov, conductor
The Symphony Chorus’ 2017-2018 season will include:
December 1, 2, and 3: 2017 Holiday ‘Pops’ conducted by Ronald Jenkins; CSO Chorus
February 2 and 4: Verdi’s AIDA, Rossen Milanov conducting
March 23 and 24: Brahms’ REQUIEM, Rossen Milanov conducting
April 13 and 14: Debussy NOCTURNES, Rossen Milanov conducting
What is a typical schedule for the Symphony Chorus each season?
The chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. in rehearsal room #1 of the Ohio Theater Pavilion, 55 East State Street. The date of the beginning and ending of each year's rehearsal schedule depends on the repertoire of the particular season. Rehearsals will begin this season on Tuesday evening, August 30
A typical concert week usually follows the pattern of rehearsals and concerts below:
-Tuesday evening: chorus and piano with the conductor
-Wednesday & Thursday evenings: chorus and orchestra with conductor
-Friday & Saturday evenings (sometimes also Saturday or Sunday matinees): concerts
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