By Dustin Ensinger
The Central Ohio Symphony this week announced its slate of concerts for its 36th season.
This year’s schedule, which kicks off in October, features five performances and several premiers. Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will be in his 12th year leading the Central Ohio Symphony.
“It’s going to be a year that has lots of musical landmarks,” said Executive Director Warren Hyer.
The slate of concerts kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and will feature Michael Gandolfi’s Chesapeake Summer of 1814, with Guest Ensemble Delaware Hayes Symphonic Choir, Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, featuring Ohio Guest Artist and Symphony concertmaster Tom Fetherston on violin, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.
The Symphony’s annual holiday concerts will be held at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
The third concert is slated for 3 p.m. on March 8, 2015. It will feature the world premier of Ben Goldberg’s Reconnecting with Guest Ensemble court drumming program; Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring Amy Oshiro on violin and Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
The Symphony will close out its concert season at 7:30 p.m. on May 2. It will feature the U.S. premier of Richard Blackford and Bernie Krause’s The Great Animal Orchestra, Hyer’s debut as a composer in The Slight Sounds of Nature and Ottorino Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
All concerts take place in the Gray Chapel auditorium on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.
Season tickets are $72. They can be purchased online, by telephone or at the Symphony office, located at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware.
“It’s an incredible value,” Hyer said. “There is music here that you can learn about and really, really enjoy.”
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.