A look back and a look forward.

A look back and a look forward.

That's how CityMusic founder Steve Rosenberg is thinking of the series' 25th anniversary concert.

The concert features some favorites from past programs, including Columbus' own Leonid (violin) and Nina (piano) Polonsky and series favorites Stas Venglevski (accordion) and Mikhail Litvin (mandolin), and also, in Rosenberg's words, "a nod to the future," with pianist and Columbus native Igor Lovchinsky, winner of the Eastman International Piano Competition, and the Columbus debut of the Prima Trio, winners of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

Rosenberg said CityMusic didn't set out to create an all-Russian program, but embraced the theme as artists were being booked.

CityMusic, which began its life as the Short North Performing Arts Association, has evolved through the years into a two-track - chamber music and world music - presenter, and has moved for this season into the ballroom at the Athletic Club of Columbus after calling the Short North Tavern, the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus and the Bar of Modern Art home. Rosenberg said he is excited to present this special concert at the Southern Theatre.

"I'm proud to see that CityMusic is a vibrant part of the Columbus music community after 25 years," Rosenberg said.

CityMusic's 25th Anniversary Concert, From Russia With Love, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $28-$16. Call (614) 433-9963 or visit www.CityMusicColumbus.org.