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Columbia Orchestra Celebrates Jason Love's 20th Anniversary

The Columbia Orchestra celebrates its 41st season, and Jason Love’s 20 anniversary as Music Director, with a diverse mix of classical masterpieces and contemporary music. This season will include music that is significant to the Orchestra, pieces that are special to Maestro Love, and music the orchestra will perform for the first time.

Masterpieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Strauss, and Dvorák will be heard alongside newer works by Lutoslawski, Snider, Tower, and Roumain. Guest conductor Glenn Quader will lead the orchestra as Maestro Love performs the U.S. premiere of Guillaume Connesson’s cello concerto. The 2018-2019 Season includes four classical concerts, two performances of the orchestra's popular symphonic pops concert, two performances of its family holiday concert, and two performances for young audiences.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Subscription prices range from $40 to $115. Ticket prices for the classical concerts and Symphonic Pops are $28/$22 for adults, $24/$18 for seniors, and $12/$10 for students. Tickets for the Family Holiday Concert are $15 for adults (18 and up) and $10 for children. Young People’s Concerts tickets are $15 for adults (18 and up) and children are FREE. A $3 ticket processing fee may apply. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-465-8777 or visit www.columbiaorchestra.org.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The Columbia Orchestra's 2018-2019 season opens with one of Beethoven's most celebrated works, his Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Also on the program is Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, written as a musical thank you for the composer's honorary doctorate in philosophy. Baritone Robert Cantrell returns to join the orchestra for the rich, sonorous colors of Lutoslawski’s The Spaces of Sleep.


Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The season continues with an evening of diverse musical heritages from Strauss’ Vienna, to Dvorák's Bohemia, to Snider's memories of North Carolina. The concert includes Daniel Roumain's La, La, La, La, Strauss's Rosenkavalier Suite, Dvorák's Scherzo capriccioso, and Snider's Hiraeth with a film by Mark DeChiazza.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:30am and 1:00pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
Audiences of all ages will enjoy Christmas carols, music from The Grinch, and other family-friendly favorites including highlights from The Nutcracker with dancers from Dance Connections. A second performance has been added this season due to last year's sold-out concert.


Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The orchestra's third subscription concert will welcome guest conductor Glenn Quader to lead the orchestra as Maestro Love performs the cello for the U.S. Premiere of Guillaume Connesson's virtuosic cello concerto. The concert will begin with a brass and percussion fanfare by Joan Tower and conclude with one of Maestro Love's favorite works, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.


Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:30am & 1:00pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The audience will be treated to a "High Seas Adventure" as the orchestra performs musical tales of sea-faring pirates and Sinbad the Sailor! Dancers from Dance Connections, under the direction of Jennifer Aversa, and narrator Greg Jukes join the orchestra for Scheherazade, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more! Russell Peck's Playing with Style will introduce children of all ages to the orchestra and its music. The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts, will be held between the two performances, from 11:30am to 1:00pm, and provides an opportunity for children to see, hear, and play the various orchestral instruments. This concert is sponsored by The Gaffin Group with support from The Elville Center for the Creative Arts.


Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The Orchestra's popular Symphonic Pops Concert, sponsored by The Vertical Connection Carpet One, will feature favorites from Guys and Dolls performed by Jason Buckwalter and Kimberly Christie. The whole family will love selections from blockbuster films such as The Greatest Showman and Celtic classics featuring the Teelin Irish Dancers in music from the Emerald Isle.


Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia
The final classical concert of the season will feature Stravinsky's colorful ballet The Rite of Spring, Chavez's "Sinfonia india" and Revueltas’ Sensemayá. Two of the talented winners of the 2019 Young Artist Competition, sponsored by Gailes' Violin Shop, will perform.


Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00pm at Glenelg United Methodist Church, Glenelg
Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00pm at Howard County Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, Ellicott City
The Columbia Orchestra's Chamber Concert Series includes three concerts featuring members of the orchestra in chamber ensembles. In January, the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio will perform a program including Beethoven, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. The October and June concerts showcase members of the orchestra. Free


Monday nights at 7:30pm: September 17, 2018; November 12, 2018; January 14, 2019; May 6, 2019
The Gathering Place, Clarksville
Music Director Jason Love and the Columbia Orchestra invite audiences to their rehearsal space at the Gathering Place in Clarksville for a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative, collaborative process of putting a concert together. The audience is invited to enjoy wine and cheese in a relaxed setting and mingle with the musicians during their break. Free


The Columbia Jazz Band, led by director Fred Hughes, will present six concerts. Visit www.thejazzband.com for more information. Upcoming concerts include:

Jazz at the Lakefront - Columbia Lakefront Stage, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 3pm. Free
True Blue Jazz Festival - Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5pm. For tickets, visit www.truebluejazz.org.
An Evening of Jazz - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7pm. Free
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: The Songs of World War II - Slayton House, November 11, 2018 at 3pm
Music at the Museum - Howard County Historical Society, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 6pm.
Live at the Pavilion - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1pm. Free

The Columbia Orchestra thanks Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors, the Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Howard County for their support.

8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Katherine Keefe, Executive Director, Execdir@columbiaorchestra.org,
call 410-465-8777, Website - www.columbiaorchestra.org
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