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Pianist performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra tonight

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra almost always performs on Saturday night, but in a college football crazy town like Columbus, the Auburn-LSU game might be a bigger draw than the orchestra.

So the CSO moved the concert and pianist Jeffrey Biegel will perform a commissioned work tonight.

Biegel found a novel idea about how to get young people to listen to live classical music.

When he performed recently in Knoxville, the orchestra held a "bloggers' reception."

"The bloggers met each other and talked to each other," he said. "They are not music critics, but they are the seeds of the future audience. They said they liked it and they wanted to go the next symphony concert. In a blog, they can have a say in what they experienced. I think it's a wonderful adjunct to a professional music critic. For the general mass public, school students and business people maybe don't read the previews to concerts. But they want to see what their friends say."

Because most symphony orchestras have their own Web pages, it would be easy enough to set up a blog page and perhaps establish a student blog society. That's where students who study music in school can go and see what kids at other schools have to say.

"It could be incorporated into the music curriculum," Biegel said. "They can share their ideas."

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.

The program includes "St. Paul's Suite" by Holst, "Piano Concerto No. 3" by Liebermann, "Symphony No. 1" by Sibelius.

Other events include "S’Mores" at 12:30-3:30 p.m. today, which is the final rehearsal. It's for seniors 60 and older, children 11 and younger and fine arts college students with valid ID, and costs $5, $3 for children and students. "Know the Score," where you can learn more about the concert you are attending, begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Patrons Room of the RiverCenter. It's free, but you must have a ticket to the concert.

Tickets are $27-$35; $25-$30 for seniors 60 and older; $21-$24 for students and enlisted military; $10 student rush tickets 30 minutes before the concert; $5 for children 11 and younger.

Call 706-323-5059 or 706-256-3612.

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