The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and BalletMet Columbus both open their respective seasons this weekend. (We combine them here only to let you know that we'll be BeatBlogging about both this week.)

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and BalletMet Columbus both open their respective seasons this weekend. (We combine them here only to let you know that we'll be BeatBlogging about both this week.)

The CSO opens Friday and Saturday Oct. 1-2, at the Ohio Theatre with an all-Beethoven program. Quite frankly, you can't really go wrong with Schroeder's hero, but add in the baton of Gunther Herbig and violinist Augustin Hadelich on LVB's Violin Concerto, and you've got a winner for sure. The program also includes Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral).

Tickets are $66.50-$20.50. Call (614) 228-8600.

BalletMet first performed Brigit Scherzer's " Requiem" (set to music from Mozart's Requiem) in 1997. The choreographer has been in town refining and defining the piece, which opens Friday, Oct. 1, and runs through Oct. 9 at the Capitol Theatre.

Tickets are $48-$26. Call (614) 469-0939.

The Beat recalls that when Nickelback's How You Remind Me was released, it was one of a half-dozen of so tunes by post-grunge arena-muscle-rockers that we felt were largely indistinguishable.

How Chad Kroeger and the boys emerged we're not sure, other than perhaps he had a better knack for a pop melody. Of course, it's not up to us to dictate or explain taste we just feel like there's enough clich in there to make a country songwriter blush.

Still, hating on Nickelback is almost as popular as the Canadian rock four-piece itself, and we refuse to pile on.

On tour with Three Days Grace and Buckcherry, Nickelback plays Nationwide Arena Friday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $69.50/$59.50/$49.50. Call 1-800-745-3000.

Dubbed years ago as "an orchestra of voices," Chanticleer rates as the world's pre-eminent male chorus.

Named for the "clear-singing" rooster in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the group formed in 1978 in San Francisco. The choir's repertoire includes classical and folk songs, pop and Broadway tunes and spirituals.

All of this will be on display Saturday, Oct. 2, as Chamber Music Columbus presents Chanticleer at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $40/$35/$15. Call (614) 469-0939.

Finding a notable indie rock show to balance out this week's Fab Five wasn't easy.

Oh, there are plenty from which to choose be they sleepy Coldplay clones (Band of Horses, The Temper Trap), distracting electro-pop (My Dear Disco) or kids who can't decide what they want and try to have it both ways (Hedley).

We just hoped to find something good, and indeed, we found fun.!

The trio's debut CD, Aim and Ignite, is chock full of delightful power-pop goodness, and they're bringing the goodness to The Basement Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Tickets are $15. Call 1-800-745-3000.