Of course Byron Stripling would pick the trumpet to feature in something called "summit." The Columbus Jazz Orchestra music director plays one for crying out loud.
And of course he would bring in pal and fellow trumpeter Sean Jones for this so-called Trumpet Summit. That dude can play.
And of course legendary trumpet players such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Herb Alpert will be feted in this program. Those guys are not only legendary on their instrument, but true music legends as well. (Did we mention April is Jazz Appreciation Month?)
We promised ourselves we wouldn't do this, but ... (sniff) as Columbus Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni nears the end of his final season on the podium, (sniff) he leads a program that includes Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, a self-penned coda and the composer's last work. In it, Strauss retains his personality but trades in, for the most part, his trademark sense of the grandiose for a simple and sincere, an elegiac work, as it were -- apt, given the subject matter.
The program also includes Mozart's Requiem, by contrast one of his most dramatic works, albeit unfinished at the time of the composer's death. It's all ... (sniff) too much.
Sopr-ano Susan Gritton and the Columbus Symphony Chorus are featured, as is music from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, in concerts set Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at the Ohio Theatre.
Tickets start at $25. Visit columbussymphony.com.
Minneapolis collective Cloud Cult is the brainchild of Craig Minowa, whose creativity is born out of study, boredom, pain and environmental activism.
The post-modern popsters spin ethereal soundscapes and catchy pop licks, but all bent around and freaky. Think a North American version of Sigur Ros. And given the ensemble's deftness at blending the electronic and the acoustic, it seems fitting Cloud Cult will perform a two-set show Saturday, April 12, at the A&R Music Bar -- one set acoustic, one electric.
Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Like a once-evil scientist who now attempts to use his massive powers for good is SoCal quintet The Burning of Rome.
Sweet melodies and tuneful guitar-and-keyboard progression are delivered with a demented twist that's as off-putting as it is captivating. Check out the band's new The Year of the Ox album, or find them opening for reggae/punk/hip-hop quintet The Dirty Heads Sunday, April 13, at the Newport Music Hall.
Tickets are $22/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Always epic, always entertaining, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage at Nationwide Arena Tuesday, April 15.
The unsung hero -- in our mind, anyway -- of this outfit has always been pianist Roy Bittan. The case could be made, of course, for any of the players in this tight outfit.
Tickets start at $45. Visit nationwidearena.com.
BONUS: In a scene The Beat pictures as the same family members who attended the Springsteen show, but with the who's-bringing-whom dynamic reversed, Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour stops at the Schottenstein Center Sunday, April 13. Tickets start at $42.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.