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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's 2012-13 season is a Wow! season

I spent some time Monday morning with Columbus Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director George Del Gobbo and executive director Sara Ketcham.

They were telling me about the 2012-13 season.

This year, the symphony is celebrating conductor and music director George's 25th season.

As this season winds down, they wanted to announced the 2012-13 season.

First is Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev on Oct. 13. The first soloist of the season is pianist Ilya Yakushev. He will be playing “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D-Minor, Opus 30” by Rachmaninoff. The orchestra will play Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6 in B-Minor, Opus 74," which is also called "Pathetique."

The season's Family Concert is "Treats & Trebles, a CSO Halloween Concert" on Oct. 26. People are encouraged to come in costume for a contest. Scary music is promised, along with candy.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform “Troubadors (Variations for Guitar and Orchestra)” on Nov. 9. The orchestra will play Rossini's overture to "L'Italiana in Algeri" and Poulenc's "Sinfonietta."

"Christmas in the Valley" is Dec. 7, and will feature the orchestra playing holiday music with a chorus to be named later. Santa Claus will make an appearance.

The orchestra is spotlighted on Jan. 19, playing Shuman’s “Prayer in a Time of War” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 7 in C-Major, Opus 74,” also known as “Leningrad.”

The orchestra's annual Valentine's Day concert is Feb. 14 and will feature the orchestra playing in the pit to the silent movie, "The Circus," starring Charlie Chaplin.

On March 30, violinist Jennifer Frautschi will play “Violin Concerto in B-Minor, Opus 61” by Elgar. The orchestra will play Vaughan Williams' "Symphony No. 2" or "A London Symphony."

Columbus State University Schwob School of Music viola professor Wendy Warner will play Shostakovich’s “Cello Concerto No. 1, Opus 107” on April 13. Warner performed with the CSO when she was first making her mark on the classical music world. The orchestra will play Beethoven's overture to "Coriolanus, Opus 62" and "Symphony No. 7 in A-Major, Opus 92."

The final classical concert of the season is May 4 and features pianist John O’Conor playing “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A-Major, K. 488” by Mozart. The orchestra will play Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D-Major" or "Titan."

Isn't this a fabulous season?

As usual, Del Gobbo will talk about the music that will be played before every classical concert in the Know the Score series. It is at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. It’s free, but you must have a ticket to the concert.

S’MORES is the Saturday Mid-Day Orchestra Rehearsal at 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre the day of each classical concert. It’s for seniors older than 60, parents who want to bring their children 11 and younger and college and university students with valid ID. Tickets are $5; $3 for children 11 and younger.

Season tickets are $101-$218. The Flex-Plan for six vouchers for any concert except the Family Concert, is $166.50.

Single tickets go on sale in August and are $22-$36; $10 for the Student Rush seats one hour before each concert and $5 for children 11 and younger.

The Family Concert is $5 for children 11 and younger; $10 for everyone else.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.

The symphony has not raised its prices in years. It's a bargain to hear this wonderful group of musicians.

Call 706-323-5059 if you have any questions about the season; 706-256-3632 for season tickets; 800-332-5200 for single tickets.

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