The New Albany Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Portraits of a Columbus Bicentennial" is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Portraits of a Columbus Bicentennial" is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

The event celebrates Presidents Day and Black History Month with Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The Lincoln Portrait was written in 1942 for classical orchestras and features excerpts from Lincoln's personal writings, including one of his most popular speeches, the Gettysburg Address.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Columbus, photographs of Columbus landmarks will be hung above the orchestra during the performance.

The concert will be conducted by the orchestra's music director, Luis Biava. It was made possible by a grant from PNC Arts Alive, which is part of the PNC Foundation.

Tickets are $9 to $17 in advance or $11 to $19 the day of the show and may be purchased by calling the McCoy center (614) 245-4701 or visiting www.newalbanysymphony.com.

A portion of the concert will be performed for nearly 800 students from the New Albany elementary schools, the Columbus Jewish Day School and St. Stephen's Community House on Friday Feb. 10, at the McCoy center, as part of the orchestra's partnership with the local schools.

Students also are encouraged to participate in the orchestra's annual Student Concerto Competition from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Graves Piano Recital Hall, 5298 Karl Road.

The competition costs $40 and is open to students ages 19 and younger. Applicants must apply by Feb. 10 at www.newalbanysymphony.com.

Each performer must bring their own accompanist to the competition. Students will perform one movement from a concerto in the orchestral repertoire.

The prize is $250 and the chance to perform during the orchestra's April 15 concert at the McCoy center.