1) While The Beat has always preferred Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 of his final works in the form, there is little doubt that Symphony No. 41 in C Major, Jupiter is the extraordinary composer’s grandest and greatest symphonic work. The piece finds Mozart, a master of melody, of form, of theme and variation, at his zenith.
The piece serves as the central work on the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s programs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at the Ohio Theatre.
Two other Mozart selections – Exsultate, jubilate and Regina coeli, also will be featured, as will the Te Deum for the Empress Maria Therese by Mozart’s friend, Joseph Haydn.
Guest conductor Matthew Halls will lead the orchestra, with guest soloist, soprano Gillian Keith.
Tickets are $25-$65. Visit columbussymphony.com.
2) Tell The Beat you’re not intrigued by a group calling itself Medieval Beasts and we don’t believe you. In fact, we’ll go so far as to say you wish folks would call you “medieval beast.”
And if you were among Celtic harpist Patrick Ball’s musical mates, you would be. In the case of Ball’s current touring program, “Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan & Iseult,” those mates are singer-instrumentalists Shira Kammen and Tim Rayborn.
The program features Ball’s playing and well-crafted storytelling applied to this most beloved of legends.
Early Music in Columbus welcomes Patrick Ball and the Medieval Beasts to Capital University’s Mees Hall Friday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $12-$27. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.
3) A 21st-century one-man band, Keller Williams throws down some mean folk-inflected pop-rock with the help of a digital looping device – the resultant tunes evoking a childlike goofiness lyrically and a virtuoso-like rhythmic inventiveness musically.
Alone on stage and armed with as many as eight guitars, a bass, a variety of percussion instruments and a multi-track sequencer, Williams lays down groove after groove, while his foot clicks each into the sequencer.
Add in his voice, which he uses to great effect not only on his offbeat lyrics, but also in replicating the sound of a muted trumpet or trombone, and the result has sent many a music writer to the thesaurus.
Williams will play the Newport Music Hall Saturday, Feb. 2, sharing the bill with electronica-rockers Lotus. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Sterling young chamber ensemble Trio Cavatina will perform a program of works by German composers Robert Schumann and Ludwig von Beethoven in a Saturday, Feb. 2, concert at the Southern Theatre hosted by Chamber Music Columbus.
Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Priscilla Lee formed the trio in 2005 and have since scaled the heights of the chamber music world.
Potent interpreters of the renowned works of the genre, Trio Cavatina also seeks out collaborations with composers to create new works.
Tickets are $15-$40. Visit cmcolumbus.org.
5) Anthemic guitar work, groovy synth work and songs that show promise, but just need some more “grab” to the melodies are the trademarks of Ithaca, N.Y.’s Jimkata.
Providing alternate reminders of the fact that ‘80s pop acts such as Duran Duran had significant guitar parts and that modern rockers such as The Killers have firm roots in ‘80s music, Jimkata don’t sound necessarily of their time. Their latest EP, Ghosts & Killers, is enough to provide ample evidence of the above.
Jimkata plays Woodlands Tavern Thursday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $8. Visit woodlandstavern.com.