- $20 for one ticket to see Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Finlandia & Fauré (up to $46.05 value)
- When: Friday, April 24, or Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Ohio Theatre
- Seating: the front of floor sections 1 or 4, or the rear mid-balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
The Columbia Symphony Chorus joins forces with the CSO as well as soprano Hélène Brunet and baritone Anthony Clark Evans for an evening that stretches between emotional extremes.
- Sibelius—Finlandia: Initially written to cap off a covert political rally against Russian censorship of the Finnish press, Finlandia became wildly popular as an expression of nationalism in the face of oppression. The piece became so notorious that Russian authorities banned it, forcing symphonies to play it under made-up names such as Impromptu or the sardonic Happy Feelings at the Awakening of the Finnish Spring.
- Nielsen—Symphony No. 5: Like the tightening of a spring, even the quieter moments of Nielsen’s Fifth are rife with gathering energy—the military snare and rolling timpani ominously presaging an explosion of sound. Yet when the fuse finally runs out, the piece is revealed to be not destructive dynamite but rather a joyous firecracker bursting with optimism.
- Fauré—Requiem Mass: Although the seven movements of Fauré’s mass for the dead were somewhat haphazardly arranged—with bits and pieces built up over two decades and combined with Scotch tape—it’s hard to tell from listening. The dark opening perfectly complements the central peak of the Pie Jesu movement, which AllMusic.com describes as “long-breathed, classically balanced, tender, and infinitely moving.”