Your favorite outdoor concert series, Picnic with the Pops has announced their summer lineup and it’s stacked, folks. They even managed to snag Grammy Award winner, Common, who will perform alongside the Columbus Symphony.
Here’s the full series lineup:
A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince
Saturday, June 17
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Celebrate the life of American icon and music legend Prince as this tribute band—featuring former members of his New Power Generation—and the Columbus Symphony perform his biggest hits including “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “U Got the Look,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Friday, June 23
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Columbus Symphony Chorus – Ronald Jenkins, chorus director
Helen Hassinger, soprano
Megan Quick, mezzo soprano
Jonas Hacker, tenor
David Crawford, bass baritone
Columbus Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the full orchestra, the 120-member Columbus Symphony Chorus, and a brilliant quartet of guest soloists in Beethoven’s uplifting Ninth Symphony which culminates with Ode to Joy, a heartening message of universal love and hope. Experience the most important and inspiring classical music in this new and groundbreaking way on the open stage this summer! Supported in part by The Columbus Performing Arts Prize of The Columbus Foundation.
Beethoven V. Coldplay
Saturday, June 24
Steve Hackman, conductor
Conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter Steve Hackman conducts his Beethoven V. Coldplay creation, a symphonic mash-up of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (“Eroica”) with songs from the British rock band Coldplay including “Paradise,” “The Scientist,” “Clocks,” “Fix You,” and “Viva la Vida.”
Patriotic Pops featuring Harmony Project
Saturday, July 1
Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor
The Harmony Project joins the Columbus Symphony’s grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks!
Remember When Rock Was Young
Saturday, July 8
John Devlin, conductor
Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John” and featuring music by The Rocket Band, this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John including “Benny and the Jets”, “Philadelphia Freedom,” and “Crocodile Rock” to name a few.
A Symphonic Night of Hip Hop featuring Common
Saturday, July 15
Scott O’Neil, conductor
A Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe–winning rapper, actor, film producer, activist, and poet, Common joins the Columbus Symphony to perform music from his latest album, Black America Again, as well as some of his biggest hits.
Three Dog Night
Saturday, July 22
Stuart Chafetz & Larry Baird, conductors
Legendary music icons and Grammy-nominated rock band Three Dog Night will perform some of their Top 40 hits, such as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One.”
The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29
Sarah Hicks & Dr. Christopher Hoch, conductors
Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!