The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Quartetto Gelato and Danyel Morgan join Screaming Orphans in this week's Fab Five.
Sure, you don't want a lesson when you go to a live music event; you want to be entertained. But why not try for one while also taking care of the other? Thus the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's "Themes & Variations" program Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at the Ohio Theatre. As music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni told The Beat last fall: "Educating audiences is a duty - but it's not academic." Somewhat ironic given that the "Themes & Variations" concerts include Brahms' Academic Festival Overture in addition to Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma Variations" and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, featuring guest soloist Stewart Goodyear. Each of the selections provides an example of a composer using the technique, in these cases, to masterful effect. Tickets are $68-$24.75. Visit www.columbussymphony.com. In discussing with CityMusic founder Steve Rosenberg last fall what his series had on tap for the coming season, he could not have been more effusive in his praise for Quartetto Gelato. He was genuinely excited about getting to share this group with central Ohio audiences, and not only because they have been a personal favorite of his for the past 15 years or so. So perhaps it's apt that CityMusic celebrates Rosenberg on his pending retirement (more on this in the BeatBlog at www.ThisWeekNews.com) at the show this Sunday, March 18, at Via Vecchia Winery. Gelato is far from the standard-issue chamber music ensemble. Its instrumentation includes a world champion accordionist and an operatic tenor and its shows boast both salon and classical music presented with great chops and, well, flair. "They embody the spirit of the series," Rosenberg said. Tickets are $25/$20/$10. Visit www/citymusiccolumbus.org. Self-taught bass guitarist Danyel Morgan left his Columbus home a little more than a decade ago to indulge his wanderlust - and throw down some serious jams - with none other than Robert Randolph and the Family Band, with whom he played, sang and co-wrote a host of tunes, including 2003 Grammy Award winner Blind Boy of Alabama. Fresh off releasing his debut solo album, Morgan returns home for a Sunday, March 18, gig at The Basement. Tickets are $10. Visit www.promowestlive.com. Few places in American musical history provide such a cultural dichotomy as the legendary Cotton Club. The complexities surrounding the Harlem night spot of the '20s and '30s aside, the legacy of great jazz music and entertainment that had their origins there is inarguable. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra celebrates that legacy with "A Night at the Cotton Club" March 14-18 at the Southern Theatre. Choreographer/tap dancer Ted Louis Levy and Broadway sensation Brenda Braxton join music director Byron Stripling and the orchestra to share the story. Tickets are $49/$46/$41. Visit www.jazzartsgroup.org.