Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Can we really save the music?

To all Proud Supporters of OUR Columbus Symphony Orchestra,

Please read this:

> Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Columbus Symphony is on the brink: can Central Ohio save the music?" (7/28)

Donald Rosenberg asks Central Ohioans whether or not we can save the music? I think that Mr. Rosenberg has said it. Save the MUSIC. It is about the art. Lately many have been caught up in who/what did this/that. It is up to us as a proud, collective group to step up and show support for the MUSIC and OUR Orchestra this coming weekend for the final "Light Classics" summer pops concert featuring the well-loved Maestro Junichi Hirokami.

Also playing will be the Ohio State University Marching Band! A packed, enthusiastic audience would highly encourage and energize the Musicians and Maestro of OUR Columbus Symphony!!

Remember to come early for tailgating!! The theme of the evening is "Brats! Buckeyes! & Brahms!?"

Details can be found at www.symphonycolumbus.com and www.mcsconcerts.org

Sunday, July 27, 2008

MANY NEW websites and articles!

As the summer continues to go on, there has been a change in the wind with the Musicians of the Columbus Symphony. The musicians have banded together to play concerts for their dedicated audiences during the summer...as many of you all know and have attended to show your support!! The musicians thank you for your ardent support and attendance.

This coming weekend is the final concert of the summer classics series.

Click here to sign up for news released directly from the CSO Musicians.

Amidst the multiple websites that have appeared and disappeared, here are the important ones to watch closely:

> Columbus Symphony Orchestra Committee official website
> Musicians of the Columbus Symphony Concerts page
> Symphony Columbus website
> Symphony Columbus blog page

Below is a fairly comprehensive list of summertime articles and updates:

> New York Times: "Columbus Symphony Cancels Part of Season" (7/26)
> AP News Flash: "Contact clashh puts fate of Ohio symphony in doubt" (7/26)
> The Other Paper: "Siciliani: Save CSO to protect my legacy" (7/24)
> Columbus Business First: "Symphony to fall silent in October, November" (7/24)
> Columbus Dispatch: "Maestro to lead concert as gift to community" (7/24)
> Columbus Dispatch: "Symphony cancels fall concerts" (7/2)
> Sticks and Drones: "Sticking it in the (buck)eye!...." (7/21)
> Columbus Local News: "Mozart's Bakery to feed symphony supporters" (7/21)
> Sticks and Drones: "Pull up the Roots" (7/16)
> Symphony Columbus Musicians post: "Withholding of Funding by Major Donors a Referendum" (7/19)
> Adaptistration: "Beadle? Pot? Kettle?" (7/16)
> Columbus Dispatch: "Musicians reject offer, dismissal of Hirokami" (7/15)
> Columbus Dispatch: "CSO musicians fill void wiht music, more concerts" (7/11)
> Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Columbus Symphony fights on" (7/8)
> 610 WTVN Christy Chatman: "Columbus Symphony, Management Look for Harmony" (7/7)
> Columbus Dispatch: "Musicians to hold own version of summer pops" (7/3)
> Adaptistration: "Knowing When to Quit" (6/23)
> The Wall Street Journal: "Goodbye Columbus Symphony" (6/19)
> Kenneth Woods "A View from the Podium": Columbus Symphony (6/16)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Saying goodbye to SymphonySTRONG

Email sent to the membership of the now-shutdown organization of SymphonySTRONG:

Following last night's SOLD OUT, Mozart Concert, Symphony Strong is joining with other groups working to support the effort to maintain and grow our symphony. The new organization will be called Symphony Columbus, and its website is www.symphonycolumbus.com. Symphony Columbus has a 501(c)3 Foundation that will be called "Save the Symphony." Your continued support is very important in the effort to maintain (in Columbus) the wonderful group of musicians who make up the orchestra. You can keep up to date on all the activities by going to www.symphonycolumbus.com.

CSO management may have cancelled the fall season, but we are going to have plenty of music for you to enjoy. The next major concert will be on Saturday, July 26th at Vets Memorial, and Maestro Alessandro Siciliani will conduct. Following this event, we will have a third Vets Memorial on August 2nd with Maestro Junichi Hirokami conducting and The Ohio State University Marching Band participating.

Looking ahead in August, we will have a unique performance in a unique venue. Musicians of the orchestra will perform for the first time in a wonderful, natural amphitheater - Ash Cave at Hocking Hills. This beautiful, natural wonder will be the backdrop for a concert on August 17th.

Complete details can be found on the website, along with some very interesting breaking news and comments from other supporters. Please bookmark or add www.symphonycolumbus.com to your favorites.

The old www.symphonystrong.com website will be taken down shortly.

Show your support with one of the Symphony Columbus tee shirts, available at the concerts

Best regards,
Jim Mitchell

Many thanks to the volunteers of the SymphonySTRONG organization for their help and dedication!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Musicians of the CSO concerts this week!!

The Musicians of the Columbus Symphony have created a concert series this summer and the details can be found on their NEW WEBSITE!

Of important note are the concerts this coming weekend--Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12.

Family Pops Concert: Dance, Dance, Dance!!

July 11 @ 7:30 pm
Coffman Amphitheater
Dublin Community Recreation Center, Dublin

The Musicians of the Columbus Symphony
John Deliman, conductor
Music TBA from the stage

Tickets (cash only) at the gate:
$10 for adults
$5 for children under 12

Light Classics Concert Series: Orchestra Spectacular!

July 12 @ 7:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The Musicians of the Columbus Symphony
Jaime Morales-Matos, Conductor
Music TBA onstage

$20 at the door
$20 online (+ $2 per ticket service charge)

All details can be found on the NEW MCS website!