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 135-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.
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 22: TBA
July 1: TBA
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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