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From Beethoven to Maurice Sendak, here’s your guide to fall arts events in Columbus

From Beethoven to Maurice Sendak, here’s your guide to fall arts events in Columbus

614now Staff

Columbus continues to embrace and share its love of the arts, in every medium. Whether you’re in the mood to explore an introspective exhibition or listen to the thundering voices of a chorale, the autumn leaves are sweeping in all the sounds and sights of the season.

We’ve rounded up the top arts options for you to enjoy, so mark your calendar for a variety of imagery and spectacles taking place across our fair city. 


Columbus Symphony

Carmina Burana, Sept 30th & Oct 1st

Carl Orff’s iconic Carmina Burana will come alive in full splendor and opulence with the orchestra accompanied by the voices of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and the Columbus Children’s Choir.

Brahms & Dvořák, Nov 4th & 5th

With renowned composer Jesse Montgomery at the helm, Israeli born pianist Shai Wosner takes on Brahms’ monumental second piano concerto and Dvořák’s inspired Symphony No. 6.  


Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Oct 8th & 9th

ProMusica will usher in its 44th season with Music Director David Danzmayr conducting cello virtuoso Kian Soltani and the rest of the company as they perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Handel’s Messiah, Nov 12th & 13th

Experience the majesty with ProMusica, LancasterChorale and four world-class soloists as they celebrate one of the best-loved musical works of all time.

Jazz Arts Group

Louis Armstrong and Friends, Oct 13 – 16

A celebration of the great Satchmo, America’s most beloved trumpet extraordinaire, with jazz royalty Carmen Bradford on vocals and Byron Stripling on trumpet.

Home for the Holidays, Nov 30 – Dec 4

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a holiday collaboration between the Jazz Arts Group and Columbus’ own Shadowbox superstar, Stacie Boord.

Opera Columbus

La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Oct 28 and 30

Break out a tiara, find your glass slippers and set the date for Rossini’s larger-than-life operatic fairytale that’ll have you floating on air and home by midnight.



Short North Stage

Rent, Oct 6 – Nov 6

Catch a revival of the Tony award-winning 90’s hit about a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, with themes that are still relevant today.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct 13 – 30

Come do the Time Warp again! Brad and Janet are headed to Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s eerie mansion, with its zany cast of characters, non-stop music and elaborate dance routines. 

Ballet Met

Dracula, Oct 28 – Nov 5

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, sink your teeth into an extraordinary gothic revival with this ballet performance of passion and horror.

Red Herring

Airness, Sept 22 – Oct 9

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition,she discovers that there is more to it than just pretending; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite song and performing it with raw joy.

Evolution Theater Company

Boy, Sept 11 – 24

Inspired by a true story, this production tackles repercussions of a well-intentioned doctor who convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident.

I’ll Take Romance, Oct 13 – 22

This upbeat new musical centers on the story of Angel, a gold digger, when sets his sights on a newly out and proud billionaire, while also dragging his best friend along for the ride.


No Return: The Deadly Dance of Bonnie & Clyde, opening Sept 8th

This new interpretive production boldly reimagines the life and times of the star-crossed criminals that became American legends, set to a background score that blends modern pop, rock and jazz hits.

Wicked Games, running through Nov 12th

Shadowbox Live’s fall sketch comedy and music experience takes audiences on a hilarious, hellraising ride!

Contemporary American Theater Company

Indecent, Nov 3rd – 20th

Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Indecent is inspired by the controversy surrounding the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, which was produced on Broadway in 1923.

CAPA /  Broadway in Columbus

Hamilton, Oct 4 – 23

Head back to the room where it happened with the revolutionary story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton set to a background score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway.

Hairspray, Nov 8 – 13

Columbus icon Nina West returns home to headline Broadway’s hit musical comedy Hairspray, the story of 1960’s Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad with big dreams of dancing her way onto TV’s most popular show. 


Wexner Center for the Arts

Sharing Circles: Carol Newhouse and the WomanShare Collective, Sept 16 – Dec 30

In her first museum exhibition, photographer Carol Newhouse chronicles the joys and hardships of the Women’s Land movement, which documents the creation of WomanShare – a queer feminist, land-based community in rural Oregon.


1,000 Miles Per Hour, Sept 15 – Oct 28

ReTool, the ongoing project of artist Robin Hewlett, investigates alternative economies through interviews, sound installations, workshops, and a website. 

Columbus Museum of Art

LA Woman: The Photographs of Kali, opening Sept 10th

This exhibition will feature more than 50 vintage and contemporary prints by Kali, a recently discovered photographer from the 1960’s.

Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, opening Oct 21st

Composed of more than 150 sketches, storyboards, and paintings, this collection highlights original artwork from Sendak’s most famous books, including: Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There.

934 Gallery

Anatomy of a Ghost, running through Sept 17th

This collection of paintings provides a window into the mind of the traumatized individual. Nightmarish scenes unfold in electric hues and ghostly figures inhabit eerie environments to represent the complexity of the internal experience.

Ohio Craft Museum

Food Justice Exhibition, through September 24th

Featuring 16 nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, this exhibition explores the dimensions of national and regional food systems, the advocacy for social change and community well-being.


Gateway Theater 

A24 retrospective, Uncut Gems: A Twenty-Four Day Collection, running through Sept 11th

This unique retrospective is filled with a collection of films that have made a huge mark on the industry, including culture-bending stories, first-time directors turned Academy Award winners and early acting roles that led to incredible prominence.

Columbus Symphony

Raiders of the Lost Ark, live in concert September 23rd

Relive Spielberg’s magic on the big screen with Indy’s original adventure as the Symphony performs John Williams’ epic score live to picture.

Ghostbusters, live in concert, October 28th

Grab your proton packs and settle in to watch the symphony play the 1984 classic film. It will be a night of family fun with special guests, surprises and photo ops.

Thurber House

Adult Writing Workshops, September through December

Delve into a wide range of topics, from writing a short story to successfully selling freelance articles, with this hybrid workshop series, offered both in-person and online.

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