Welcome to Part I of The Beat’s annual Arts Season Preview.
This week, we bring you up to speed on what to expect from central Ohio arts “presenters” in the 2012-13 season. Next week, Part II of our preview will take a look at what to expect from arts “producers.”
In the process of educating, CAPA (capa.com) learned something. Last year, CAPA launched an Educational Series, and it was a smash hit.
“It kind of caught us a little off-guard,” Director of Programming Rich Corsi told The Beat.
“These shows did extremely well last year, so we’ve expanded that series a little for this year.”
The series is a combination of theatrical presentations for families (The Silent Boy, a story about a young boy with autism based on a book by two-time Newberry Award winner Lois Lowry, October; Rainbow Fish, from the popular children’s book by Marcus Pfister, February) and fun, educational shows such as MatheMagic! (with Bradley Fields, whom Corsi called “incredible”) in December and science show Doktor Kaboom! in January.
Which is not to suggest that programming for kids and families is exclusive to the Educational Series – October sees the return of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever, and rock-star-for-kids Laurie Berkner plays the Palace Theatre in May.
The rest of CAPA’s season includes favorites like Ballet Hispanico (September) and Kodo Drummers (March), musicians established (Aimee Mann, November; Suzanne Vega, February) and new (Robert Glasper, October), a couple of TV personalities (Theresa Caputo: Long Island Medium in October; Buddy Valastro Live: Homemade for the Holidays Tour, December) and more.
Corsi said he expects CAPA to add shows throughout the season as well.
The Wexner Center for the Arts’ (wexarts.org) commitment to educational and artistic programming is exemplified in many ways by the world premiere of a new work by the Bebe Miller Company in September.
Director of Performing Arts Charles Helm told The Beat that Miller’s residency “allows her to balance her teaching responsibilities at (Ohio State) with being a working artist.”
Earlier in September, the Wexner Center will present its Artists Residency Award program with dance company Palissimo, as the company will mount all three sections of its Painted Bird Trilogy for the first time in sequence.
Helm said past favorites National Theatre of Scotland (October) will present an unique program at the CD102.5 Event Space which will imagine the space as a pub with the audience as patrons, and the cast circulating throughout.
Jazz also is well-represented courtesy the Neil Cowley Trio (October) and avant-garde guitarist Mary Halvorson (December). Malian musicians Tinariwen bring the desert blues to the Wexner in October, and a very cool concert with “lost” musician Rodriguez its set for September.
Another Wexner fave, The Builders Association, will present a portrait of Susan Sontag in November, concurrent with an exhibition of photography by Annie Leibovitz, Sontag’s life partner.
CityMusic Columbus’ (citymusiccolumbus.org) 29th season features a couple of singer-songwriters exploring different roots, welcoming American Indian singer Bill Miller and Israeli acoustic guitarist David Broza both in November, Miller at Via Vecchia winery and Broza at the Lincoln Theatre.
More “new” folk from the Good Lovelies in March is contrasted with world music programs such as Silk Road Journey (November) and Harmonia (April). Classical trio Lyrica (March) rounds out the series, along with local programs with jazz violinist Christian Howes in January and Opera Columbus in February.
Newark’s historic Midland Theatre (midlandtheatre.org) celebrates its 10th anniversary first by welcoming Bill Cosby in September. Cosby was the first artist to play the Midland following its restoration.
New Director Nancy Anderson has been with the hall in a couple of different positions for the past eight years, so she brings an institutional knowledge to the post. She highlighted country-rock legend Charlie Daniels (April) and Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull (November) as just a couple buzz shows for the season.
The Midland offers a variety of series, including Lively Arts (Kathy Mattea, September; Arlo Guthrie, February), Midland Memories (Gershwin Experience, October; Artie Shaw Orchestra March), Family (The Little Prince, February), and the Stage Door Cabaret, which brings audiences on the Midland stage with, typically, singer-songwriters (Paul Torn, October).
The McCoy Center for the Arts (mccoycenter.org) in New Albany opens its season with Hal Holbrook’s classic portrayal of Mark Twain in September. It’s just one of a handful of programs that are extending the suburban center’s reach beyond central Ohio, Director of Marketing Mindy Hayward said.
Other highlight shows include Amy Grant in an acoustic-ish performance (October), the return of NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley (March) and The Magic of Bill Blagg (October).
Choral ensemble The Newberry Consort is the centerpiece program for Early Music in Columbus’ (earlymusicincolumbus.org) 2012-2013 season. The concert will be held in March in downtown Columbus’ St. Joseph Cathedral.
Program Director Katherine Wolfe was pleased to be able to bring Newberry, but also highlighted a concert of Italian Baroque music by Armonia Celeste in September and Patrick Ball & The Medieval Beasts (Ball is somewhat of a crossover artist, with some Celtic music bonafides as well) in February.
Of course, the series is blessed with a “resident” ensemble in The Early Interval, which offers two programs on this season.
Chamber Music Columbus (cmcolumbus.org) opens its 65th season with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in September.
The celebrated and influential Kronos Quartet plays the series in January, and a varied season also includes pianist Spencer Myer in October, Trio Kavatina in February and A Far Cry Chamber Ensemble in March.
Broadway in Columbus (columbus.broadway.com) boasts a varied and hit-laden season, including four productions making their first trip to Columbus.
After opening with the lush Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in October, the series welcomes newcomers Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in November, Million Dollar Quartet (based on recording sessions featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) in February, Green Day’s American Idiot in March and 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play War Horse in April.
You want season add-ons? What more could you ask for than Les Miserables next May and Wicked next June?