The city of Vienna served as inspiration to many composers through its beauty, culture, love of dance.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra delves into this music in "Vienna Dances," its first offering of 2013 and a program featuring the work of composers whose work reflected that city, including Johann Strauss Jr. (Die Fledermaus Overture, Emperor Waltz), Richard Strauss (Suite from Der Rosenkavalier) and Johannes Brahms (Hungarian Dances).
Additionally, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin joins the CSO on Mozart's Concert-Rondo in D Major for Piano and Orchestra.
"Vienna Dances" will be presented Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5, in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $25-$65. Visit columbussymphony. com.
The Beat confesses that we're probably not best-equipped to consider the quality of a screamo band's "unclean" vocalist. (We find this story a "full-circle" kind of story, as we can recall our own father asking us, many years ago, what the heck Steven Tyler's high vocal at the end of Dream On was all about.)
Atlanta's Woe Is Me recently released its second full-length record, Genesi[s], following a host of personnel changes that included bringing in new "unclean" and "clean" vocalists. We'll spare you an assessment of the new personnel and leave you with our general impression, which is that the music doesn't suffer and still meets all aggro- and ferocity quotients.
Woe Is Me plays The Basement Friday, Jan. 4. Capture the Crown and Death of an Era open. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
What could be more filling than a Gospel Brunch with jazz violinist Christian Howes and keyboardist Bobby Floyd?
Tasty music from these longtime home-grown collaborators and, for $10 more, a tasty meal.
CityMusic presents this show Sunday, Jan. 6, at Via Vecchia Winery. Tickets are $25/$35. Visit citymusiccolumbus.org.
Brooklyn's Parquet Courts is a garage punk outfit in the classic sense.
Short, immediate and sharp-edged tunes, delivered raw and with an attitude -- evincing hints of Black Flag and Sonic Youth.
On its first national tour, Parquet Courts plays The Summit Monday, Jan. 7. Visit cafebourbonstreet.tumblr.com.
Cellist Billy Mickelson has taken his post-modern talents on the road with a number of bands, but keeps returning to his solo project, third seven.
And it really is solo, aided by looping and other technology. In this mode, Mickelson is both minimalist and sonically experimental, with melodies alternately forefront and diffused.
Mickelson's third seven will be featured at Kobo Tuesday, Jan. 8. Visit kobolive.com.