The Central Ohio Symphony will wrap up its 29th season on Saturday, May 3.
The 8 p.m. concert in Ohio Wesleyan University's Gray Chapel will include two works by Gustav Mahler, "Symphony No. 1," and "Songs of the Wayfarer," plus "Four Serious Songs" by Johannes Brahms.
Bass Ben Smolder, a Miami University assistant professor, will sing "Four Serious Songs." Ellen Graham, a Miami University graduate student, will sing "Songs of the Wayfarer."
Graham was a soloist for the orchestra's sold-out performance of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" last season. Both Smolder and Graham are appearing as part of the symphony's Ohio Guest Artist program, which promotes musicians from or trained in Ohio. Warren W. Hyer, the symphony's executive director, said the Mahler symphony requires eight French horns, four oboes, four flutes and two sets of timpani. The work, also known as "Titan," often is paired with the earlier "Wayfarer" piece, which has some of the same melodies, Hyer said.
Although this concert will end the orchestra's subscription series, the season's true conclusion is the annual outdoor Fourth of July concert, held free on the OWU campus. This year's program will include special music and video presentations in honor of the city-county bicentennial.
Tickets for the May concert are $20 general admission; $17 seniors; $6 for students and $4 for children. Visit www.centralohiosymphony.org or call (740) 362-1799.