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Columbus Symphony to host outdoor community concerts

Columbus Symphony to host outdoor community concerts

Lori Schmidt

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is taking performances outside the symphony hall and into the community with a special set of free concerts starting in September. 

“Our mission of inspiring and building a strong community through music is more important now than ever and we are committed to continue doing that in a safe and socially responsible way,” said Columbus Symphony Executive Director Denise Rehg. “All our musicians live and work here, and they care out this community.”

To that end, the 45-minute concerts will be staged outdoors with COVID-19 precautions such as socially distanced seating and temperature checks in place. Some will feature a pop repertoire. Others will focus on classical music. 

This represents a chance to bring this type of music to a segment of the population that hasn’t heard it before, and Rehg had some valuable advice for first-time listeners. 

“I think they should let it be a heart experience instead of an intellectual experience. Let it wash over you and let it find you where you are. This is the great thing about music.” 

Reservations to these events will be required and can be made starting Aug. 31 at this link. 

Here’s the current concert schedule, but other dates will be added, as the orchestra aims to bring their music to all of central Ohio. 

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Delaware Christian Church (2280 W. William St., Delaware)

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum (300 W. Broad St., Columbus)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Bevelhymer Park, New Albany Parks & Recreation (7860 Bevelhymer Rd., New Albany)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Gravity Project (500 W. Broad St., Columbus)

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m.

Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St., Columbus)

Friday, Sept.18, 6:30 p.m.

Coffman Park (5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin)

Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum (300 W. Broad St., Columbus)

Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.

Phenix Banquet Center (2101 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Jorgensen Farms Historic Barn (5851 E. Walnut St., Westerville)

Saturday, Sept.19, TBD

Directions for Youth and Families (3840 Kimberly Pkwy., Columbus)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.

Sunpoint Park (670 McCutcheon Rd., Gahanna)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.

Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St., Columbus)

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