Fischer's Fab Five
1) The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present the magnificent and profound A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms in concerts Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at the Ohio Theatre.
The Beat has actually sung in the chorus for this piece. Chills. We find few things that can raise the hairs on our arms like a full chorus accompanied by orchestra.
The programs also include the world premiere of a new piece, Stephen Paulus' Of Songs and Singing, dedicated to and conducted by CSO chorus master Ronald Jenkins. The remainder of the programs, including the Brahms Requiem and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, will be led by music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni.
Tickets are $25-$65. Visit columbussymphony.com.
2) BalletMet Columbus wraps up its 2012-13 season with a presentation of The Little Mermaid, a new ballet by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, April 19-27 at the Capitol Theatre.
Taylor-Corbett's extensive choreography resume includes a host of ballet pieces as well as work on Broadway (she is a two-time Tony Award nominee) and film (Footloose, Bewitched). The piece is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and features music -- and lyrics -- by Michael Moricz.
Adrienne Benz and Emily Gotschall share the title role. The cast features a number of BalletMet Dance Academy dancers as well.
Tickets are $20-$63. Visit balletmet.org.
3) Throwback rockers Airbourne manage to channel everything that makes the hard-rock sub-genre beautiful and comedic all at once.
The Beat has confessed in the past to never quite being sure on which side of the line between tribute and mockery some of these bands reside. You've got over-the-top employment of standard conventions by bands such as The Darkness, but then you've also got full-on mock-rock aping such as Steel Panther. In the case of Airbourne, the Aussie quartet appears to have struck the fancy of the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, so that's good enough for us.
With opener American Dog, Airbourne plays The Basement Monday, April 22. Tickets are $12. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Distinctive, stylish, gorgeous and talented -- jazz pianist Diana Krall is the total package.
Did we mention talented? Of course we did, but Krall has proven adroit in a variety of settings and styles. Her latest release, Glad Rag Doll, is not a period piece despite Krall's use of an 1890s-era Steinway upright, but there is a sense of Tin Pan Alley to the songwriting. Krall herself called the Glad Rag Doll "a song-and-dance record."
Her timing and feel are, as always, on display, but there is a playfulness that marks the record as well.
Krall and a band of crackerjack players will take the Palace Theatre stage Wednesday, April 24. Tickets are $28-$78. Visit capa.com.
5) Those considering checking out Ivan and Alyosha Wednesday, April 24, at The Basement should know that it's not a duo but a quartet. The band takes its name from two characters in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.
Ivan and Alyosha is at once smart and sophisticated and merry and melodic. There's a definite hook for fans of modern folk-popsters like The Lumineers. Check out the band's debut full-length CD, All the Times We Had.
Openers include The Lone Bellow, Twin Forks and Deadwood Floats. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
An actual duo, Nashville singer-songwriters Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, will play the Red Door Tavern Saturday, April 20. Tickets are $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.