Columbus State University will host four major events that are expected to bring hundreds of arts supporters to various locations around downtown this week.
The collection of events cover a wide range of arts disciplines, and are expected to draw audiences of all ages.
On Tuesday, the Schwob School of Music will host its first Salon at Six event. The soiree concert given at the Illges House will feature world famous cellist and CSU faculty member Wendy Warner.
Rex Whiddon, CSU’s senior associate vice president of Leadership Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives, said he is looking forward to the event due to the unique setting.
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“The Illges House will provide an interesting opportunity for audience members to enjoy an evening of chamber music as it was originally experienced — in parlors or small rooms at private residences,” he said. “It really is the perfect setting for this type of concert.”
The cost for the event is $50 per person and reservations are required.
On Thursday, CSU hosts curator Morgan Byrd as she opens her new exhibit with an artist talk. Byrd has curated the group photography exhibit for CSU’s ArtLab. Entitled “Spectre,” the collection of work focuses on artists currently exploring the theme of the supernatural or the loss of life in their work.
CSU’s Gallery Director Hannah Israel is overseeing the exhibit.
“The exhibition will evoke a feeling of timelessness in the way that loss has been, and always will be, a part of life,” she said. “‘Spectre’ will have a fantastic quality that explores what remains in relation to the mind’s understanding of death.”
The exhibit and artist talk are free to attend. CSU’s ArtLab is located in the Seaboard Depot Studio Arts Building on Front Avenue.
Friday brings yet another opening of a different sort as the CSU Theatre Department presents their production of “Last Night of Ballyhoo” for the first time. The Southern play was written by playwright Alfred Uhry, who also wrote “Driving Miss Daisy.”
Larry Dooley, CSU’s chair of the Department of Theatre, said the play is a great fit for Columbus audiences.
“‘Ballyhoo’ is very much a Georgia play,” he said. “Originally commissioned as part of the celebration of the 1996 Olympics, the play is full of Atlanta and wider-Georgia references.”
Although perhaps unfamiliar, Dooley thinks that the play will hit home with audience members.
“It is a slice of life from 1939 with a backdrop of the premier of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ as well as Germany’s invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War 2,” he said. “Even more relevant to our own times, it is a reminder of how easy it is to divide ourselves into smaller and smaller groups. But, as with many great stories, true love can conquer all.”
Tickets for “Last Night of Ballyhoo” can be purchased online through the CSU Theatre website.
Sunday will round out the week’s events at CSU with the Schwob Philharmonic’s opening concert. The ensemble will play Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischutz,” Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks” and the premiere of Link’s “Concerto for Clarinet” featuring special guest artist Marianne Gythfeldt.
The Schwob Philharmonic will perform in Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This ensemble is under the direction of Paul Hostetter. In addition to his collegiate conducting career performances, Hostetter has appeared as a guest conductor with prestigious ensembles all over the nation including the New York City Opera and the American Composers Orchestra. CSU’s Schwob Philharmonic will present this concert for free to the public.
For more information on these events at CSU, and to check for up to date times and prices, visit the university’s website or call 1-866-264-2035.
If you go
▪ Sept. 26: Salon at Six, The Illges House
▪ Sept. 28: Spectre’ Exhibit Opening and Artist Talk, CSU ArtLab
▪ Sept. 29: Last Night of Ballyhoo” Riverside Theatre
▪ Oct. 1: Schwob Philharmonic, Legacy Hall
For updated event information, find tickets or to make reservations, visit CSU’s website at: https://events.columbusstate.edu/calendar