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Disney's The Lion King returns to Columbus this fall.

* A concert memorializing local music scene fixture Mark Flugge will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, in Mees Hall at Capital University. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Flugge, an active performer both solo and as a leader of small jazz ensembles, as well as an instructor at Capital and Ohio State University, battled hearing issues that were affecting his music-making for two years before he took his own life in May. A gifted and versatile performer, he also was a musicians' advocate and organizer for many years.

Fellow jazzman Aaron Scott and Lisa Jelle, Flugge's wife, will host the event, which begins with a slide presentation and includes musical performances in tribute.

Search "Mark Flugge Memorial Concert" on Facebook.


* Extenuating the harsh realities of the Civil Rights movement was the music of freedom.

The Jewish Federation of Columbus and Congregation Tifereth Israel will sponsor a program highlighting this music, "Songs of Struggle," at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19.

The program, to be held on the 50th anniversary of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, will particularly highlight Jewish efforts for the movement.

Local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen will perform many songs that capture the spirit of the times, including Keep Your Eyes on the Prize and I'm On My Way to the Freedom Land.

Music will be interspersed with film footage of sit-ins, freedom rides and marches.

The program is free. Visit jewishcolumbus.org.


* The Beat doesn't always run information about on-sales, but when we do, it's for something huge -- say, the return of the touring production of Disney's The Lion King.

In this instance, it's specifically for said show, which plays the Ohio Theatre Oct. 14 through Nov. 9. Tickets go on sale June 26 and can be purchased in person at the CAPA Ticket Center or online at ticketmaster.com.

Visit capa.com for details.


* Speaking of CAPA, last month's CAPA gala feted its former President/CEO Doug Kridler.

Kridler was with CAPA from 1984 to 2002, expanding its presence and mission exponentially and setting the tone and laying the foundation for the organization's current place at the center of the Columbus arts scene. Kridler is the current president/CEO of the Columbus Foundation.


* As the new director of the BalletMet Dance Academy, Timothy Lynch will have an integral role in the overall operations of the company.

The position is obviously not directly tied to artistic leadership for the professional company, but as the academy is one of the five largest studios associated with a professional company in the nation, the position is not insignificant where ballet audiences are concerned.

Lynch, executive director Cheri Mitchell and artistic director Edwaard Liang will set a renewed vision for the academy.