CSO Presents “From Atlanta to London”

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents their 2023-2024 season opener “From Atlanta to London” on October 7, 2023. 

CSO Executive Director, Kern Wadkins commented, “This repertoire weaves together a thrilling musical tapestry that transports us from music created in our own backyard to music imagined in distant lands.  We’re very proud to welcome audiences back to our doors with this exciting repertoire that celebrates today’s newest musical voices alongside beloved classics.”

On Saturday, October 7, the CSO will present an Open Dress Rehearsal beginning at 12:30 PM. We encourage attendance from all members of the community, including those who are unable to attend the evening concert or are interested in a “behind-the-scenes” look into the ensemble. It is a great way to introduce young children to a live musical experience. In this informal and all-inclusive atmosphere, audience members are given the option of “paying what they want” by providing a donation or attending for free. You set the price!

To enhance the concert experience, the CSO offers a pre-concert discussion with Dr. Reba Wissner, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Columbus State University, that gives insight into the composers and works being performed called Know the Score. Know the Score occurs at 6:30 PM in Studio Theatre directly before the concert and admission is included with the purchase of a concert ticket.

Tickets can be purchased online at csoga.org/tickets or in person at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts located at 900 Broadway, Columbus, GA. Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM (Broadway entrance). Single ticket prices range from $12-$42. Senior, military, educator and student discounts are available in person or by calling 706-256-3612. Children ages 4 and under are not admitted to the concert but are encouraged to attend Open Dress Rehearsals.
Prepare to be swept away on a transatlantic journey starting in Atlanta, Georgia with native composer Carlos Simon and his piece Fate Now Conquers. A 2023 Grammy nominee, Simon is one of today’s rising composers and is in demand by major orchestras across the world. He currently serves as the composer-in-residence at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. His piece Fate Now Conquers wrestles with the topic of fate and borrows from Beethoven.A short stop in Finland features the Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of the most standard and well-loved pieces of the violin repertoire,  featuring Korean violinist, SooBeen Lee.  Lee has been praised by The Washington Post for her “poised presence, a luxurious sound, spot-on intonation, and a bow arm that surely will be the envy of her peers.”The CSO also welcomes guest conductor Alex Amsel to the stage. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM and will be performed in the Bill Heard Theatre at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Following a recent repertoire change, the final destination will be the Czech Republic with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major. Containing flavors of Slavonic and Czech folk music, the symphony overflows with pastoral melodies. The music reflects the beauty and nature of Dvořák’s beloved summer home in Vysoká where the piece was written in 1889.Music Director and Conductor, George Del Gobbo commented, “This concert includes a thrilling piece by fast-rising American composer Carlos Simon, the brilliant violin concerto by Jean Sibelius,  and the lyrical eighth symphony by Anton Dvorak.  It's all music you'll be humming as you leave the theater.”