The Columbus Symphony and Chorus will open this special program with the world premiere of Of Songs and Singing by the widely acclaimed composer Stephen Paulus, commissioned in honor of and conducted by Ronald Jenkins, director of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus since 1982. CSO Music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni will then take the podium to conduct Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Barber's nostalgic homage to small-town America featuring guest soprano Dominique Labelle, and will add guest baritone Joshua Hopkins for the soul-stirring A German Requiem by Brahms (named after the language in which it is sung) with its profound messages of peace, hope, and consolation.
The Columbus Symphony presents Brahms' Requiem at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$65 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office will also be open two hours prior to each performance. Young people between the ages of 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit www.GoFor5.com.
WOSU's Christopher Purdy will hold a free, pre-concert lecture about the program for ticket holders one hour prior to each performance.
The 2012-13 Masterworks Series performance is made possible through the generous support of series sponsors Anne and Noel Melvin.