ProMusica features the dual pianos of Di Wu and Spencer Myer for November concerts

Performance to feature Schubert and regional debut of American composer

(Columbus, OH) – ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” a whimsical piece that demonstrates the many imaginative sounds of the orchestra. Also, ProMusica is proud to premiere the Ohio debut of composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Five Dances.” Music Director David Danzmayr conducted the San Diego Symphony in the world premiere of “Five Dances” last March to great acclaim. The orchestra also welcomes internationally renowned guest pianists Di Wu—her  second trip to Columbus to perform with the orchestra—and Ohio native and Oberlin graduate Spencer Myer.

“Carnival of the Animals” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Both performances are at the Southern Theatre.

“Less than 15 percent of the living composers of classical music are women, and we are thrilled to feature this new piece by one of America’s greatest,” said ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Janet Chen. “David is looking forward to sharing this work with our audience in Central Ohio after the overwhelming response he received in San Diego.”

November’s concert will blend the old with the new. In contrast to Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Five Dances,” ProMusica will perform Franz Shubert’s Symphony No. 6 “Little C-Major,” composed in 1817. The concert will end with French Romantic composer Charles Camille Saint-Saëns “Le carnaval des animaux,” or “Carnival of the Animals,” — a suite he arranged with two pianos as the centerpiece in 1886.

Having worked with ProMusica in 2012, guest artist Di Wu returns for her second performance with the orchestra. Making her professional debut with the Beijing Orchestra at the age of 14, Wu has been lauded by the San Francisco Classical Voice for “the level of musical maturity she possesses, her exacting attention to details, and the way she opens her vision of the world to the audience.” Wu has toured widely in Asia, Europe and the United States, where she has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmoniker Hamburg, and twice in Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, among others.

Pianist Spencer Myer has been singled out for his “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent. Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia, as a soloist with – among others — The Cleveland Orchestra, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra.  His 2005 recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.


Single tickets are available now for $12 to $50. Subscriptions packages, ranging from $62 to $270, are available for the 2016-17 concert season, including a Flex Series option and the Worthington Series. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale through the ProMusica office (614-464-0066; or Ticketmaster.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience—through innovative chamber orchestra programming, education outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence.  Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 64 new works and has presented more than 110 premieres.

Bringing worldwide talent to Columbus since 1978, ProMusica offers an adventurous musical experience through intimate performances on the stages of the Southern Theatre and the Worthington United Methodist Church. The orchestra, comprised of 37 musicians, showcases homegrown talents, rising stars, and guest artists of international acclaim. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 38th season.

ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, The Reinberger Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.