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By Mike Giuliano | March 14, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra has been doing so well at the box office that it's giving people two opportunities to hear its Symphonic Pops concert this weekend. The concert on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., will be repeated on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m., with both performances in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. "Last year we sold out our pops concert, so this allows us to engage more people," explained Columbia Orchestra Music Director Jason Love. He noted that the added Sunday matinee should prove popular with senior citizens who prefer daytime driving.
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September 26, 2014
Sunday, Sept. 28 "The Mousetrap" Final performance of Agatha Christie's murder mystery takes place at 2 p.m. at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Tickets are $20, $15 for students 12 and younger, active-duty military and seniors 65 and older. Information: 301-617-9906, ext. 2 or laurelmillplayhouse.org. Monday, Sept. 29 Open rehearsal The Columbia Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 606 S. College Ave. in Columbia. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative, collaborative process of putting a concert together and visit with the musicians on their breaks.
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By Mike Giuliano | February 2, 2012
European composers still tend to dominate most classical music programs in the United States, but the Columbia Orchestra makes a case for our country in a program titled "American Inspirations. " Some of that American music is freshly minted, too, in its concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Although the concert-opening piece, N. Cameron Britt's "Inledning," bears a Swedish word meaning "Introduction" as its name, that merely reflects this contemporary American composer having spent time in Sweden.
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By Mike Giuliano | April 21, 2014
Members of the Columbia Orchestra get to explore compositions written for smaller ensembles when they perform a free chamber concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. Most of the pieces involve quartet and quintet configurations playing music written for woodwinds, strings, piano and brass; and there's even going to be a place on stage for a hammered dulcimer. So, it's basically a chance for musicians belonging to a large orchestra to work on a smaller scale.
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By Mike Giuliano | May 31, 2013
When the Columbia Orchestra concludes its 35th season on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, it will not go out quietly. "I wanted to go out with a bang," said Columbia Orchestra Music Director Jason Love about the ambitious program he has planned. He added that the three main pieces on the program "all deal with struggle and rebirth. " All of that struggle and rebirth warrant considerable orchestral forces, so the Columbia Orchestra will be joined by an additional 15 to 20 players for this performance.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 22, 2012
The holiday season calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly, so it's not too soon to start your shopping for classical music concerts in December. One classy upcoming program to keep in mind is the Columbia Orchestra's next concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Just as chestnuts are roasting on an open fire at this time of year, the program ignites with beloved musical chestnuts by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. However, it also includes the Maryland premiere of a short piece by New York-based composer Nkeiru Okoye.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 3, 2012
You don't have to venture farther into the alphabet than the letter "B" to discover the bulk of the Columbia Orchestra's 35th season-opening concert on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Symphonic giants from the 19th and 20th centuries are paired in this program anchored by Leonard Bernstein's "Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8. "Placing Bernstein and Beethoven on the same program relates to something that I'm doing in a lot of concerts this year.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 11, 2012
Music director Jason Love will not be wielding his baton when the Columbia Orchestra gives a free chamber concert on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, in Columbia. The nine orchestra members performing in this concert have picked the repertory on their own and also are making their own interpretive decisions about how to play it. Lest you think there has been a palace revolt, Love is all for it. "There are so many great players in the orchestra and sometimes the individuals are lost in the 90-piece orchestra, so it's great to hear them" in smaller ensembles, Love says.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 31, 2013
The 19th-century German classical music repertory is not directly represented on the Columbia Orchestra's next concert, but its romantic influence will be heard in the program scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre, at Wilde Lake High School. On the upcoming program are Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from his opera "Peter Grimes" and Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. "They're all 20th-century composers, but rather than breaking with traditions they're extending traditions," observes Columbia Orchestra Music Director Jason Love.
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By EILEEN SOSKIN and EILEEN SOSKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 2006
The two winners of the Columbia Orchestra's 2006 Young Artist Competition will join the Columbia Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow for a concert loaded with energy. The youthful exuberance of the two soloists will be perfectly matched by the enthusiasm of the musicians of the Columbia Orchestra. The Columbia Orchestra is a volunteer adult community orchestra whose conductor and music director, Jason Love, is an inspiring and a knowledgeable musician. Love was educated at the Peabody Conservatory, studying cello and conducting, and is a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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January 10, 2014
Sunday, Jan. 12 Concert The Jewish Federation of Howard County presents the Robyn Helzner Trio performing "From Beijing to Biloxi: A Concert of Jewish Music" at 3 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, free for children 5 and younger. Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 106 or jewishhowardcounty.org. Monday, Jan. 13 Classical music The Columbia Orchestra invites the public to its open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 9, 2014
The Columbia Orchestra gets to do a lot of big pieces during the season, but it also has a free chamber music concert series that puts the focus on smaller pieces. Its next chamber concert is on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. Orchestral performers really appreciate such opportunities to explore the chamber music repertory. The upcoming concert features the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio, composed of music director Jason Love on cello, concertmaster Brenda Anna on violin and Nancy Smith on piano.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 25, 2013
When Brian Ganz performs a solo recital for the Sundays at Three series on Sunday, Oct. 27, he won't have any trouble finding Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. The classical pianist knows the local roads like he knows his way around a keyboard. Ganz, 53, qualifies as a hometown favorite. He grew up in Columbia and likes to return for concerts. He has played for the Sundays at Three series before, and he also has appeared with the Columbia Orchestra. Born in Takoma Park, Ganz moved to Columbia when he was 9 years old. Although he attended Wilde Lake High School, Ganz arguably qualifies as its most celebrated dropout.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 11, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra starts its 36th season in a big way by performing Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. This massive composition entails having the 80-member Columbia Orchestra joined by a 100-voice choir from Northern Virginia known as Choralis. Big numbers also add up for Columbia Orchestra Music Director Jason Love, who is in his 15th year in that position. His innovative and ambitious programs during that period have not gone unnoticed.
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October 4, 2013
Classical music The Columbia Orchestra's 36th season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, with the Gallery Winds performing "Autumn Breezes" at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Tickets are $10, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0202. Antiques fair The second annual Antiques Appraisal Fair, sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Howard Community College's Kittleman Room in Duncan Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 2003
Jason Love and his Columbia Orchestra concluded the ensemble's 25th anniversary season at Jim Rouse Theatre on Saturday evening by staring down the turbulent 5th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. And true to form, neither Love nor his players flinched. Shostakovich spent most of his artistic life being bullied and harassed by the Soviet government, which perceived the moody ambiguity of his music as a threat to the dictum that "scientific socialism" would produce nothing but smiles of gratitude in Stalin's Communist paradise.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 12, 2003
When conductor Jason Love comes onstage wearing a brown cowboy hat, and concertmistress Brenda Anna dons Princess Leia braids during intermission, you can bet it's not just another night at the symphony. Indeed, Saturday night at Jim Rouse Theatre proved a delightfully different musical affair as the Columbia Orchestra concluded its 25th anniversary season with a "Symphonic Pops" program of selections by Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, George Gershwin and film composer par excellence, John Williams.
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