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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra officially welcomes new music director David Danzmayr to the podium at a Wednesday, July 31, concert at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

This is the first of two free outdoor concerts at FPC, with the next set for Aug. 7.

Danzmayr has led the orchestra since it was announc-ed he would become ProMusica's second music director (following the retirement of co-founder Timothy Russell) but only as a guest conductor.

"We look forward to a long and fruitful association with David," Executive Director Janet Chen said.

Visit promusicacolumbus.org.

 

"CAPA Summer Movie Series: Come for the movies, stay for the boatload of other stuff."

Welcome to the "Unsolicited Marketing Suggestions" portion of The Beat, where, in this installment, we marvel at the programming associated with CAPA's Summer Movie Series.

You know we love the music from Clark Wilson and David Fleischner on the Ohio Theatre's Mighty Morton Theatre Organ. CAPA is also offering guided tours of the Ohio at 4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 17.

And now, we learn the screening of the 1917 silent film The Little American, starring Mary Pickford, will be preceded by a presentation about the actress (known as "America's Sweetheart) by Columbus native and Ohio State University alum Christel Schmidt, a film historian for the Library of Congress with a specialty in Pickford's life and career.

Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9. Wilson will provide live musical accompaniment, and Schmidt's book, Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, will be available for purchase.

And, oh yeah, the Scioto Model 'A' Ford Club will display antique automobiles starting at 6 p.m. each night.

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The Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame will add the names of two Columbus jazz greats to its roll as legendary saxophonists Rusty Bryant and Rashaan Roland Kirk will be honored at a 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, ceremony.

Bryant's recordings stand as cult classics among acid jazz aficionados, while Kirk proved groundbreaking for his circular breathing technique and ability to perform on multiple instruments simultaneously, not to mention his vibrant on-stage presence.

Highlight performers will include Walk of Fame inductee Gene Walker and the Ohio State School for the Blind Jazz Ensemble.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit lincolntheatrecolumbus.com.

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