Classical Music

Bilbo and Santa

Looking for a great holiday-inspired performance this weekend? Good! I have a few ideas for you then, because we have some great music being played in our town!

Not sure which one to choose? Or – did you just happen across my classical music blog and you’re not yet really a fan? If so, I suggest you check one out anyway, but if all else fails – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug opens this weekend. If that doesn’t put you in the Christmas mood, I don’t know what does!


Hey – don’t laugh! I love Tolkien! Besides – my entire family and I are all going to see it this weekend. Yes – three generations of the Brown family – and then, Dad and I are heading out to ProMusica on Sunday. Bilbo Baggins and Santa Claus. Wow! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Ahem. Speaking of ProMusica…here are those great music ideas I promised!

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra 

These guys are awesome and have three holiday performances going on this weekend including the Messiah sing-along tonight, Dec 13, at 7:30 pm at the Southern Theatre. I promise not to claim a soprano part. Tickets are $20 each so head on out!

A Classical Holiday – Two great concerts this weekend with roughly the same program.

Saturday at the Josephinum – 5:30 pm

MOZART – Ballet Music to “Idomeneo”
HAYDN – Sinfonia Concertante
DVORAK – Legends No. 5-6-7
HAYDN – Symphony No. 98

Sunday at the Southern Theatre – 7 pm

MOZART – Ballet Music to “Idomeneo”
SCHICKELE – Thurber’s Dogs
DVORAK – Legends No. 5-6-7
HAYDN – Symphony No. 98

Westerville Symphony Orchestra 

Sounds of the Season – Saturday at 8pm at the Riley Auditorium at Battelle Fine Arts Center Otterbein University. Tickets are only $25 each and it looks to be a fun concert! 

The Westerville Symphony’s annual “Sounds of the Season” concert is a favorite holiday tradition for hundreds of local families. Assistant Conductor Jim Bates leads a smaller chamber orchestra through a rousing program of holiday themed classical works and other Yuletide favorites including popular audience sing-alongs.

Ballet Met and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra 

An annual tradition, the Ballet Met, with the musicians of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, put on the wonderful ballet we all know and love, The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Ballet – From the Ballet Met website:

Journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy – a magical world of the imagination filled with colorful characters sure to enchant you and your family.


Performances started yesterday, December 12 and run right through a 12 noon performance on Christmas Eve.  Plenty of opportunities for you to see it between now and then! Make it an annual tradition. My family heads out for J.R.R. Tolkien movies. You could head out for the Nutcracker.

HOW many times?

The other day on Facebook, some musicians from various orchestras were talking about how many times they had each played for this ballet and wow! The numbers were staggering! Check these out!

* Christopher Blair, Principal at Akustiks, has conducted the Nutcracker roughly six times.

* Holly Mulcahy, Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, is nearing her 200th performance.

* Jeff Korak, 2nd Trumpet in our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra, is coming up on his 350th performance. Wow!

* Conductor of the Ballet San Jose, George Daugherty, wins the prize though. This season, he is nearing his 2,000th performance! Yes – that’s two thousand! Bravo!

As a patron, I’ve only seen it once or twice. Not quite the accomplishment we see from these musicians!

How many times have YOU seen The Nutcracker ballet?

Have a great weekend everyone!

 – Heather

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