Weekend events: Listen to a symphony, attend MLK Day services

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 17, 2014 

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra usually puts about 60 musicians on stage for any of its performances.

But for tonight's "Wagner & Strauss: An Orchestral Spectacular," the CSO will have 83 musicians on stage.

It'll be a "packed" night, said CSO Marketing Director Becky Young -- as it should be, given the night's musical selections, composed by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, which Young said are big, popular and "gorgeous."

Young said that excitement has been high not just among CSU's music students, but also elsewhere: a soldier called her recently to ask about tickets.

CSO also donated tickets to about 150 students from Richards Middle, Double Churches Middle and Columbus High schools.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre. It is preceded by "Know the Score" at 6:30 p.m., where conductor George Del Gobbo will discuss the night's music. Attendees will be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. As they enter the lobby, the Phoenix Brass Quintet will perform Dalian Bryan's "Fanfare for a Swift Chase."

Tickets are $28-$36 for adults; $5 for children under 12; $10 for students with ID one hour prior to the concert; $26-$31 for seniors over 60; $22 and $25 for enlisted military, music educators and teachers.

Tickets can be purchased at the RiverCenter box office, 900 Broadway, or at tickets.com. Call CSO at 706-323-5059 for more information.Here are some more events coming up this weekend:

Auburn Classic Half -Marathon and 10K: The 10K and half-marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. EST today at the ALFA Farmers Pavilion at Auburn University. There is a course time limit of four hours. Registration is $60 for the half marathon and $40 for the 10K. The children's half-marathon begins at 10 a.m. EST. Admission for the half-marathon is free for children and $10 for parents. Register at http://active.com.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Dance: This weekly dance starts at 9 tonight and features ballroom and line dancing; the public is encouraged to attend. VFW Post 665 on Victory Drive across from the Dolly Madison Bakery. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Organ Concert: Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault will be playing a free concert Sunday at the RiverCenter's Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. The concert starts at 4 p.m.

"New Artists to Watch" Reception: The Joseph House Art Gallery, 828 Broadway, is opening a new exhibit. The gallery will open Sunday with a reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 706-321-8948.

The Annual Alpha Unity Awards Breakfast: U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black will be the keynote speaker at this event that begins at 7 a.m. Monday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; students are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 706-324-7071.

MLK commemoration: 11 a.m. Monday at Midtown Medical Center, 710 Center St. U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black will be keynote speaker. Call 706-571-1795.

MLK Memorial Service: Noon Monday, Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1633 Fifth Ave. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, will be guest speaker. Call 706-322-1488.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the Liberty Theatre. Rainbow Coalition will serve a citywide meal and give clothes to the homeless, unemployed, underemployed and senior citizens. It will also hold a voter registration rally and a health and wellness program. Call 706-687-0022.

Annual MLK Jr. Parade : In Hamilton, Ga., at noon Monday at the Carver Resource Center. The event, sponsored by the Harris County Civic League, will be followed by an inspirational program at 2 p.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church, 101 Friendship St., Hamilton. Call 706-323-1521.

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