Arts preview: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra starts season blending new, old

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Columbus' resident chamber orchestra begins its season in classic ProMusica fashion – with a program that blends the old with the new, core repertoire with a brand-new work and that both stretches audiences and brings them back to their comfort zone.

The Oct. 11 Opening Night program also features the music of two Wolfgangs, so what's not to like?

"We always want to make sure opening night is special," executive director Janet Chen said. "We think [this concert is] reflective of what a chamber orchestra can present to a community."

Wolfgang No. 1 is Austrian composer/arranger Wolfgang Zamastil. ProMusica will perform his arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's "Concierto para quintet." Music director David Danzmayr and Zamastil are longtime friends - Danzmayr recalled that Zamastil also arranged the same piece for a jazz combo in which the two played while in their teens.

The program also includes Zamastil's "archive IV passacaglia," a world premiere of a work commissioned by ProMusica (the 63rd such piece in ProMusica history).

"A world premiere is so exciting," Danzmayr said. "There's always a little bit of a risk for the audience."

"But what I know for sure is that our audience will hear a piece that has never been performed, the they will be the first people in the entire world to hear this music played, and that you have to be in Columbus to do it."

Wolfgang No. 2 is the slightly-more-well-known W.A. Mozart, whose "Symphony No. 36" will close the program. The concert will also feature Michael Haydn's "Symphony in G," for which Mozart (a great friend of the Haydn family) wrote a prelude which is not always performed.

"We always look for ways to tie a program together. This is a very typical ProMusica program in a good way," Danzmayr said.

Southern Theatre

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

21 E. Main St., Downtown