I can’t believe that the Columbus Symphony Orchestra season is ending Saturday. This year has flown by, hasn’t it?
The guest artist is Tanya Bannister. She was born in Hong Kong and holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London; at Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank and at New York’s Mannes School of Music. She received her artist diploma from Mannes.
She has won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition in the past few years, which confirms her status as one of the leading pianists of her generation.
In 2007, she was called “an artist to watch” by Symphony magazine.
Bannister has performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
This season, she has performed or will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto,” Mozart’s “Concerto No. 23, K. 488” and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1.”
She’ll perform the Tchaikovsky concerto Saturday at the Bill Heard Theatre.
Festival performances include the Ravinia Festival, and chamber music at the Music Mountain Festival in Connecticut and the Hong Kong Music International Chamber Music Festival
After Hurricane Katrina, Bannister and the three previous winners of the New Orleans International Piano Competition collaborated on “Pianists for New Orleans,” which raised money to help the city’s classical music community.
Tickets to the symphony are $5-$36. Call 706-256-3612.
Go Green for Girls Inc.
Jodina King, a friend who works closely with Girls Inc., called a couple of weeks ago about the Go Green for Girls Inc. event. In fact, Jodina is the president of the board this year.
It’s 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. It’s a lawn party with croquet and bocce ball tournaments.
There will be Kids (ages 5-9) & Tween (ages 10 and older) Zones.
And, of course, there will be a silent auction, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tickets are $75; $25 for children 5-14. The price includes lunch and two drink tickets.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.