Fischer's Fab Ten
Beauty and the Beast
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is among the grandest pieces of music ever written. The heraldic Ode to Joy, which comprises the piece’s final movement, is an inspired piece of musical genius. (No hyperbole.) Columbus Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni called it “one of four or five pillars of our repertoire.”
Joined by guest soloists and the Columbus Symphony Chorus, the CSO will perform this masterpiece to open its season Friday, Oct. 5, at the Ohio Theatre. The program includes works by two other “pillar” composers, Handel and Mozart.
Odes to love highlight the second part of the CSO season-opening weekend, as 1980s balladeers Air Supply joins the CSO at the Ohio Theatre.
Tickets for either show are $65-$25. Visit columbusymphony.com.
A few years back, a Critic Crony recalled Brad Paisley singing and playing guitar in church as a youth in the ORV (Ohio River Valley – Glen Dale, W.Va., to be specific), and was wowed years later upon discovering the shy, unassuming kid had become a country-music superstar.
The Beat uses the term superstar with no reservation whatsoever. When acts as hot as The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery are your openers, we think it’s totally reasonable to suggest you're a superstar.
This bonanza of country-music stars plays Nationwide Arena Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $59.75/$38.75/$28. Visit nationwidearena.com.
Dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling made a name for herself with transformative arrangements of popular songs posted to YouTube.
While she was unable to translate that success into a victory on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, Stirling has become an iTunes sensation as well, and now has a full album of original tunes, a self-titled work that leads off with the single Crystallize.
Stirling will take The Basement stage Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $10/ $12. Visit promowestlive.com.
Another attractive and talented young non-winner on TV (ever wonder about the results on talent contest shows?), singer Rebecca Loebe followed a similar path to that of Stirling, creating a unique-take cover-tune buzz on YouTube. From there, she wowed TV audiences with her rendition of Nirvana’s Come As You Are on The Voice.
She didn’t win, but has released two original full-length records, including the new Circus Heart.
Loebe plays the Rumba Cafe on Friday, Oct. 5. The Shaw Brothers and RJ Cowdery are also on the bill. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Even during his days as a member of Christian acoustic-popsters Caedmon’s Call, Derek Webb’s songs could often cause listeners to squirm in their seats.
Since amicably parting from that band (he has collaborated at times with CC since), Webb has recorded his own records of acoustic and electric rock, and has partnered with his wife, singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken. Webb’s latest CD is titled Ctrl, and chronicles an individual struggling for identity as his real and virtual lives become increasingly enmeshed.
Webb will play Veritas Community Church Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $20. Visit derekwebb.com.
Is there a single bigger name in the history of contemporary Christian music than Amy Grant? The Beat doubts it.
A singer possessed of an instantly recognizable voice and an ear for a great song, Grant sounds and looks as fresh today (even if her reputation doesn’t) as it was when she brought modern popular Christian music to the broader consciousness 30 years ago.
Grant plays New Albany’s McCoy Center for the Arts Sunday, Oct. 7. This show will be an intimate evening, with Grant and a small backing band taking the stage to share Grant’s catalog of hits.
Tickets are $75-$45. Visit mccoycenter.org.
Differing generations have differing takes on similar themes – for example (just off the tops of our heads), the wacky female pop-rock singer-songwriter.
Fifteen years ago, Fiona Apple captured pop music’s imagination, and continues to be more-than-slightly bent these days. Dig her newest CD, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. With opener Blake Mills, Apple plays the Palace Theatre Sunday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $62.50-$42.50.
For an even more modern audience, there’s the nutty romantic Ingrid Michaelson, whose acoustic tour plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, Oct. 10, with opener Sugar & the Hi-Lows. Tickets are $28/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
In The Beat’s opinion, Beauty and the Beast marked the apex of the Disney animated-musical renaissance of the 1990s, at least musically. The songs and score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman were rich, melodious and clever – perfect for transition to the stage.
B&B on Broadway was also a smash hit, touring worldwide and playing to millions in the past 15 years. The current tour finds the original creative team back at the helm, so expect a show that’s both fresh and familiar this time around.
Broadway in Columbus presents Beauty and the Beast for eight shows Oct. 9-14 at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $110-$28. Visit columbus.broadway.com.
Scampy and campy electro-pop duo 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me, My First Kiss – bring hot and wacky fun to the masses.
And they plan to again at the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Oct. 9, where they’ll be joined by Sammy Adams and Silas. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
Arguably the most musically compelling refugee of the ’80s-’90s college-alternative rock scene, Mike Watt now hides away in a little California town, from where he spins twisted-rock epics, including his third rock-opera, hyphenated-man.
A master bassist and composer and one-time driving force behind punk legends The Minutemen and post-punk magicians Firehose, Watt is on tour again, this time with neo-punk trio the Missingmen.
The tour stops at The Basement Wednesday, Oct. 10. Lite opens. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.