Central Ohio Symphony Closes Out Season on Saturday in Delaware

The Central Ohio Symphony will close out its 33rd season on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. when it presents the final concert of its subscription series at Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Music Director Jaime Morales-Matos will conduct Debussy’s Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, The Pastorale. Concertmaster Tom Fetherston will be the featured soloist in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, the only concerto by the early 20th century composer.

“Tom playing the Berg has been a long-term ambition for him and the Symphony,” said Executive Director Warren W. Hyer, in discussing the concert program. “This concerto is unusual in that most violin concerto repertoire played is usually from the 18th and 19th centuries.”

The concerto is dedicated to “the memory of an angel,” written in response to the death of Manon Gropius, the 18 year old daughter of close friends Walter Gropius and Alma Mahler.

The other two works contrast with the Berg. The Pastorale is an earth-themed symphony complete with a musical thunderstorm, whereas the Debussy is a famous impressionistic interpretation of a poem.

Hyer expressed pleasure with the Symphony’s 33rd year.

“We’ve had a very exciting season,” he said. “The Symphony has given audiences new ways to explore music this season and has also reached out to the community through non-concert events.”

“We are grateful to the community for its continuing support. We will be announcing Season 34 in the coming weeks,” Hyer added.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Symphony Source office, located at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware, and at Buehler’s Fresh Foods, as well as at the door that day. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.centralohiosymphony.org or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

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