Random Notes

  Last week in Random Notes we got all excited about the summer concert season, discussing the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Picnic With the Pops and the Ohio State Fair. Well, it doesn't end there.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra's eighth season of outdoor concerts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, JazZoo, begins July 12. The four-concert mini-season also includes concerts July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Concert tickets include zoo admission for the day of the concert.

The Jazz Arts Group also plans its fifth season of free outdoor family concerts starting June 8. PBJ & Jazz concerts at the Topiary Park will be held monthly in July, August and September as well. Visit jazzartsgroup.org for details.

Columbus Recreation and Parks will offer its annual Rhythm on the River concerts Friday nights at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion on the Scioto Mile. Featured shows include: Booker T. Jones, June 14; Peter Yarrow, June 28; Rusted Root, Aug. 16; and BalletMet Columbus, Aug. 30. Visit sciotomile.com.


Back in March, The Beat previewed a concert at which local young musicians would perform, to be recorded for broadcast on the NPR program From the Top. In fact, you can still read the piece, a Q&A with all three musicians -- 17-year-old flutist Audrey Watkins from Worthington, 17-year-old mezzo-soprano Michaella Cipriani from Westerville and 18-year-old violist Eva Kennedy from Worthington.

The show is set for broadcast nationally during the week of May 13, and on WOSU Classical 101.1 FM at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The broadcast also features young musicians from California, Illinois and Indiana.

Visit wosu.org or fromthetop.org for more information.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has changed with the times, and yet retains much of its classic feel.

RB&BB presents "Dragons" May 8-12 for eight shows at the Schottenstein Center. It features non-traditional circus acts such as The Shaolin Warriors from China and the Torres Family of motorcycle daredevils, but also horse-riding act Riders of the Wind, big cat trainer Alexander Lacy and a host of other animals. (Including elephants, of course. We point this out by way of giving you a wink-wink to check The Beat page at ThisWeekNEWS. com/thebeat for video evidence.)

Visit schottensteincenter.com for show times and ticket information.


David Brown, founder and creative director of the Harmony Project, was selected as the inaugural winner of the Columbus Foundation's Spirit of Columbus Award.

Brown won in the Community category.

The Harmony Project (which we have featured on a handful of occasions) is a 200-ish-voice volunteer choir that takes the term volunteer to heart. Each member of the group pledges to be involved in significant community service.

Indeed, while Brown directed his $5,000 grant to Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, the winner in the Entrepreneurial category, donated her $5,000 grant to the Harmony Project.