Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev is the guest artist for Saturday's Columbus Symphony Orchestra concert which is the first performance for the group's 2012-2013 season.
The program includes Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia," Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D-Minor, Opus 30" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6 in B-Minor, Opus 74 ("The Pathetique"). Yakushev made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2007, performing Prokofiev's First and Fourth Piano Concertos as part of the Symphony's "Prokofiev Festival." He's released two CDs, "Prokofiev by Yakushev" and "Bach Partitas No. 1,2, & 3." He's performed at Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, Korea).
S'MORES: Saturday Mid-Day Orchestra Rehearsals are held before most concerts. Seniors 60 and older, parents who want to expose their children to classical music and fine arts students are invited to attend. It's 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter. Tickets cost $3 for children and $5 for adults. 706-256-3640.
Know the Score: This session is held at 6:30 p.m. for those with tickets to the concert who want to better understand the music. Have a glass of wine and enjoy a brief chat with conductor George Del Gobbo, who will discuss what to watch and listen for during the concert. It's held at Studio Theatre at the RiverCenter. It's free, but you must have a ticket to the concert. 706-323-5059, 706-256-3632 or 888-332-5200.
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When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
Where: Bill Heard Theatre at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.
Cost: $22-$36, $10 Student Rush tickets on sale one hour before each concert and $5 for children 11 and younger.
Information: www.csoga.org and 706-323-5059, 706-256-3632 or 888-332-5200.