* Perhaps it's a bit more academic than standard The Beat fare, but Otterbein University's Humor in Music Festival, sponsored by the Department of Music, sounds fun, and perhaps funny.
From Thursday, March 27, through April 1, musical programs featuring jazz, choral music and instrumental works will highlight the methods by which humor is conveyed through the various styles of music. All the programs are free, save for the Saturday night Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University concert, which is highlighted by featured guest composer Jon Deak's humorous Condominium on the Hot Stove.
For details, visit otterbein.edu.
* Staying on-campus, Ohio State University's College of Arts and Sciences has some cool stuff upcoming as well.
The School of Music's 37th annual Jazz Festival is Thursday, March 27, through March 30, with most performances at Weigel Hall. The festival features primarily student ensembles, and concludes with High School Jazz Band Day all day Sunday the 30th. Saxophonist James Carter is this year's featured guest. Visit music.osu.edu.
The Department of Theatre will present There is No Silence, a new work conceived and directed by associate professor Jeanine Thompson and inspired by Marcel Marceau. Thompson herself trained extensively with Marceau (you may recall recent The Beat feature artist Robert Post was also inspired by the French performance artist). This interdisciplinary work will run in early April. Visit theatre.osu.edu.
Early April also marks the 10th anniversary of Drums Downtown, featuring the Percussion Ensemble, students and faculty from the Department of Dance and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. The concept brings OSU to the Capitol Theatre and is a unique marriage of art forms. Visit music.osu.edu.
* The Lincoln Theatre's Backstage at the Lincoln concert series has announced three new spring shows, starting with singer Ella Starr and the Liquid Crystal Band tonight, March 20.
The series features local artists performing with the audience seated on stage at the Lincoln. All tickets are $10.
Additional dates include the Baccus Brothers April 23 and Soul Butterfly Roxie Wolfe April 30.
Visit lincolntheatrecolumbus.com for details.
* The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's final "Happy Hour" concert of the season will be held at the Ohio Theatre Wednesday, March 26.
Guest conductor Rossen Milanov leads the CSO in a program of music by Ades, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for free appetizers and cash-bar specials. The no-intermission concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit columbussymphony.com.