1) When The Beat visited with Columbus Symphony Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni prior to this CSO season, we remarked at what appeared to be an intentional focus on repertoire, although not at the expense of high-quality guest artists and other programming necessities.
He confirmed our contention, suggesting that it helps expand the scope of the music performed and, therefore, to which the audience is exposed.
The CSO concerts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, are a fine example, as the program includes Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 (and guest soloist Armenian-born pianist Nareh Arghamanyan) and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C
Major, the composer’s final symphony. Glinka’s overture to Russlan and Ludmilla also will be performed.
Tickets are $65-$25. Visit columbussymphony.com.
2) A faded memory? Country rock and AM radio? Perhaps.
But the songs, chock-full of harmonies and acoustic guitars, of the ’70s, provided the soundtrack for the coming-of-age years for a host of post-Vietnam-era kids. Bands such as Poco (Crazy Love) and Pure Prairie League (Let Me Love You Tonight) were indicative of this era of popular music. You may also recall that country superstar Vince Gill cut his teeth with PPL.
Those two bands, plus ’70s pop act Firefall (Just Remember I Love You), will play Newark’s Midland Theatre Friday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $62.50-$29.50. Visit midlandthe-atre.org.
Country crossover hardly ended in the ’70s, of course, continuing today thanks to kids such as party-boy Corey Smith, who wears the unabashedly irresponsible beerin’, cussin’, sangin’ feller like a badge of honor. Smith plays the Newport Music Hall Thursday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $15/$20. Visit promowest live.com.
3) Beyond melding traditional and contemporary Irish music, acclaimed ensemble Clannad fused other forms from across the ages – from chant to electronic – to create beautiful and captivating music that helped give rise to the New Age genre.
Composed of members of the extended Brennan family (keyboardist Enya Brennan left the band and charted an successful solo course), Clannad continues its reexamination of Irish music today.
Clannad plays the Capitol Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 16. Tickets are $41/$31. Visit capa. com.
4) Drew Emmitt has found a way to keep Leftover Salmon fresh for almost 20 years.
And no, it’s no some revolutionary safety-seal freezer pouch – although it does involve periods of putting it on ice.
All of which is to say, jam band Leftover Salmon is back on the road, after getting back into the studio to record Aquatic Hitchhiker, released earlier this year.
The tour stops at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $20/$25. Visit promowest live.com.
5) The Brass Band of Columbus welcomes back tuba soloist Oystein Baadsvik for a Thursday, Oct. 18, concert in Capital University’s Mees Hall. The concert will include selections by the band alone and with Baadsvik, including his signature composition, Fnugg.
Tickets are $10. Visit brassbandofcolumbus.org.