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Dominic Cheli Returns to Perform with the CSO This Weekend!

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is set to kick-off the new year with Shostakovich and Brahms this Saturday, January 20 at 7:30PM in Bill Heard Theatre at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The repertoire will consist of Psalm and Fugue, Op. 40a by Alan Hovhaness, Brahm's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73, and the popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 by Shostakovich which will feature guest soloist Dominic Cheli. The evening will mark the second time Cheli has traveled to Columbus to perform with the CSO.


Dominic Cheli as photographed by Dario Acosta


With a profound connection to the piano and a remarkable ability to breathe life into compositions, Cheli has become a rising star in the world of classical music. One of his most notable achievements was winning first prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition – a recognition that catapulted him into the spotlight. Now, Cheli has current affiliations with influential classical music brands like Yamaha, Naxos, Delos, the Coburn School and Tonebase.


Saturday's concert will be preceded by an Open Rehearsal at 12:30PM at RiverCenter. Open Rehearsals take place on Saturday the day of our Masterworks and Legacy Hall series concerts. During the rehearsals, the performance hall doors are open and the house lights are on to create an informal setting that is welcoming to all. It is perfect for families with small children to gain exposure to the art form. It is also great for those who may not be able to sit long, are uncomfortable in the dark, unable to attend the concert at night, cannot afford the evening ticket prices, and many other barriers that prevent people from attending concerts. Attendees are given the option of “paying what they want” by providing a donation or attending for free. You set the price!


In addition, concert attendees are invited to join the CSO at 6:30PM in Studio Theatre for Know the Score, a pre-concert discussion with Maestro George Del Gobbo about the music that is being performed at the 7:30PM concert. Know the Score is an informative way to get to know the Maestro and learn from him directly about exactly what you'll be listening to for the evening. This program is included with concert ticket purchase, and all are welcome to attend.


Don't miss the opportunity to see America's second oldest orchestra perform live this weekend in Columbus with one of the classical music world's top young pianists. ◼️


If You Go:

What: Shostakovich and Brahms

When: Saturday, January 20 at 7:30PM

Where: Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts


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