In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.
Since its inception in 2005, Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra has permeated surrounding communities with first-rate symphonic entertainment. This March, the ensemble maps out a musical road trip across the euphonious landscape of America, beginning by toting listeners through the Western plains of Copland's Billy the Kid suite. After a brief detour past the sun-splashed baseball fields and panhandling cellos of Joan Tower's Made in America, internationally acclaimed pianist and chair of the piano department at China's Shenyang Conservatory of Music Dr. Tianshu Wang joins the orchestra on a key-tickling traipse around Gershwin's New York City streets. Adventurous conductor and music director Timothy Weiss captains the harmonic cavalcade, which features more than 75 musicians corralled from the Central Ohio area. Inside Denison University's historic Swasey Chapel, attendees can appreciate century-old architecture that plays host to religious services, world-class musical performances, and field trips for aspiring chimes.
Called “a jewel in this community” by the Lima News, the Lima Symphony Orchestra has been consistently performing inspiring classical performances since 1953. In "From Russia with Love," the symphony’s talented soundsmiths will recreate Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique and Sergei Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto no. 1, anchored by the solo stylings of acclaimed Bulgarian violinist Alexandrina Boyanova. "The Power of Percussion" will kinetically present a collection of classic choral music, as well as up-and-coming percussion soloist Lisa Pegher, who can rhythmically tap on everything from the drums to Danny DeVito’s head. To reserve seats, concertgoers can call or stop by the box office with their Groupons Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the seating chart here. All seats are open to all ticket buyers on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required.