The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Folk Festival, The Spring Standards, Allen Stone and more joins The Werks in this edition of the Fab 10

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That Columbus Symphony Orchestra music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni waited until the end of this season to present this weekend's program is a testament to his patience.
"The French Feast" shares the music director's accent, and features music the French-Canadian told The Beat is "his personal musical garden."
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera joins the CSO, which will perform a program of works that includes Debussy's classic Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun), as well as pieces by Faure, Chausson, Ravel and Durufle.
The concerts will be held in the Ohio Theatre Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Tickets are $68-$24.75. Visit

If the slew of acoustic music concerts, workshops, jam sessions, children's activities and a potluck supper isn't enough to entice you to the 16th annual Central Ohio Folk Festival this weekend, then maybe the traditional "worst song in the world contest" is.
The three-day festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, at Battelle Darby Metro Park.
There's a charge for the Saturday night headline concert featuring Nashville's Mean Mary Jane and opener Cowboy Ukulele Society from Columbus, but admission to the rest of the fun is free.
Visit for complete information on pricing and a schedule of events.

A dynamic young jazz pianist in the mold of Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett or fellow Cuban Chucho Valdes, Alfredo Rodriguez took a chance a few years ago and came to the U.S. on a whim and a prayer with one goal in mind: to work with Quincy Jones.
No small aim, and one that he soon achieved, recording his debut CD with the legendary composer/producer.
Rodriguez and his trio will play the Lincoln Theatre Friday, May 4. Tickets are $20. Visit

Chamber Music Columbus, with the Chamber Music Connection, welcomes series favorites (who trace their origins to central Ohio) the Cavani String Quartet, with special guests Michael Tree, viola, and Melissa Kraut, cello, at the Southern Theatre Saturday, May 5.
The program will include music by Haydn, Bartok, Brahms and Mendelssohn. Students and alumni of the Chamber Music Connection will also perform.
Tickets are $30/$25/$15. Visit

Straight out of the Pacific Northwest, Allen Stone melds the silk of an angelic voice with the wool-and-cotton of a modern hipster.
His blue-eyed pop-and-soul sounds as '70s as possible while still feeling contemporary – a good thing, mind you.
Catch him Saturday, May 5, at The Basement. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit

We argued with ourselves over whether Ohio-born Kim Richey is a songwriter's singer or a singer's songwriter.
She's written for pretty much everybody (Trisha Yearwood, Radney Foster, Books & Dunn, Mindy McCready) and sung backup for almost everyone (Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter).
What all that doesn't tell you is what a superb instrument her voice is on her own material. Not to mention she's lived her personal/professional life in troubadour fashion – she now makes her home in England.
Check her out Sunday, May 6, at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. Tickets are $25. Visit

Ditching the moustache and the (over)flowing locks doesn't mean Yanni lost his flair for the (over)dramatic.
He's a gifted musician, and his two early-'90s compilations continue to serve as benchmarks of the modern pop-classical genre.
And his live shows are still the stuff of ... something. We have to admit we've long awaited the time he makes his lovely assistant disappear or brings on the performing tigers or performs superhuman feats of agility and strength.
Not that any of that would be required to up the "showman" quotient, for sure.
Yanni will play the Ohio Theatre Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are $99.50-39.50. Visit

If you could make a favorite sweatshirt out of country music, Arkansas' Justin Moore could provide the material.
Moore's stitching would include songs that elicit affirming nods of the head and tight swallows of the choked-up throat – witness Small Town USA, Backwoods, How I Got to Be This Way and If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away as tunes that embody modern country's love of roots and sentiment.
His handiwork is enhanced by an "aw-shucks" demeanor, a warm drawl that would make Garth Brooks proud and good (but not intimidatingly so) looks.
Moore plays the Newport Music Hall Thursday, May 10. Chris Cavanaugh opens. Tickets are $25/$27. Visit

The visual of New York City rockers The Spring Standards is a bit unusual, what with singer Heather Robb manning a keyboard on which are mounted whatever pieces of a drum kit can be affixed, surrounded by her boy friends and their electric stringed instruments.
But once they launch into one of their glorious, lo-fi anthems, all trepidation ceases. Add in the fact that all three members share pretty much all playing and singing duties, and you've got what amounts to an action-packed musical adventure.
Touring in support of the brand-new yellow//gold, The Spring Standards will stop for a May 10 at the Rumba Cafe. Visit