Videos centering around the number '50', art museum expansion, new CSO concertmaster and more.

*A couple weeks back, we were fortunate enough to spend some time at the Ohio History Center previewing the exhibition "The '50s: Building the American Dream."

Subsequent video projects have seen us stuck in the '50s, but not the decade, as we've shared stories of the 50th anniversaries of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and the Capital City Pipes & Drums.

All of these videos are viewable at

Oh, and a family member shared with us that our "Building the American Dream" video wasn't the first time we'd visited a Lustron home -- a great aunt and uncle we visited at their home in Iowa lived in an all-steel Lustron.

*The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has named Jean-Sebastien Roy as its new concertmaster.

Roy is contracted for one year, and will work closely with Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the conducting staff to guide the CSO's artistic product.

The Montreal native served as guest concertmaster for the CSO during its previous season. He is an esteemed chamber musician and veteran orchestral performer.

*In other CSO news, annual auditions for the CSO Chorus will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 20.

We tell you this because, if you've ever wanted to sing, for example, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" or Mozart's Requiem on stage while wearing a tux or dress, and you're an experienced singer who has time these days for the 8- to 10-minute auditions, well, we think you get the point.

Chorus auditions are by appointment only. For details and to schedule an audition, email Chorus Master Ronald Jenkins at

*The Columbus Museum of Art will hold a groundbreaking ceremony, beginning construction of the museum's new wing, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

The $37.6-million project includes major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area as well as the construction of a new wing with gallery spaces for the museum's permanent collection and high-profile traveling exhibitions.

"This is an incredibly powerful moment for the museum," Executive Director Nanette Maciejunes said.

Board President Jay Vorys called the project "a significant milestone in the rich history of CMA and an important development for our city, county and region."

The new wing marks the third and final portion of the CMA's Art Matters campaign.

*A new concert series, Free for All Concert Series, will launch Friday, Aug. 30, as Blues Traveler, The Family Stone and Rick Derringer take the Columbus Commons stage.

The series was created and developed by two longstanding central Ohio entertainment and sports marketing firms. The series intends to "feature high-quality presentations of national act concert events for which the tickets are free."

So there you go.

Tickets will be available from series sponsors. The first availability will be Thursday, Aug. 15, at Mikey's Late Night Slice.

For details, visit