The popular summer tradition brings free concerts to Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on Aug. 9, 11 and 12.
(Columbus, OH) – The world-class talent of ProMusica’s musicians will be on display during its annual Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on Aug. 9, 11 and 12. The three-concert festival will be led by Music Director David Danzmayr and will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is located at 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43203.
“More than 5,000 people joined us last year for the Summer Music Series. It’s a great, family-friendly summer outing, against the lighted backdrop of the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory. For many Central Ohioans, this series is a great way to hear ProMusica for the first time and it’s definitely a memorable experience,” said ProMusica Executive Director Janet Chen. “And in this venue, our remarkable musicians get a chance to really shine and display their incredible talents.”
Each night will feature a different unique program highlighting various members of the orchestra:
Thursday, August 9
Ralph Vaughan Williams – 5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending – Featuring violinist and Concertmaster Katherine McLin
Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 3
Saturday, August 11
Ennio Morricone – Selected Works (film score music)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 3 – Featuring principal horn Stephanie Blaha
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 8
Sunday, August 12
Featuring strings only
Bernard Hermann – Psycho Theme
Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Arrive early enough to stroll the grounds and take in the summer beauty of the grounds of Franklin Park. As always with the ProMusica Summer Series, the dress code is seasonably informal – come as you are. Fun, educational music and garden-themed activities for children will be available beginning at 7 p.m.
Guests can pack a picnic, or there will be food and wine vendors available for dining. The venue will also feature reserved table seating with limited menu available for pre-order.
The 2018 Summer Music Series is presented in partnership with Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, with support from Crane Family Foundation, The Fox Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation.
Under the artistic leadership of Music Director David Danzmayr and Creative Partner, renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to raising the national profile of Columbus through world-class performances and creative approaches to community outreach and education.
Comprised of 37 musicians, ProMusica is the resident orchestra of the historic Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus. The orchestra also reaches audiences beyond the I-270 outerbelt through regular performances at the Worthington United Methodist Church. ProMusica presents an annual outdoor Summer Music Series, open and free to the public in collaboration with Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Special events such as NAKED CLASSICS and the annual Soirée broadens our audience by showcasing crossover artistry, with recent guests including Leslie Odom, Jr., Steep Canyon Rangers, and 14-time Grammy winner, Ricky Skaggs. Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 67 new works and presented more than 110 world and regional premieres.
Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. In June 2017, ProMusica made its Chicago debut to perform for a sold-out crowd at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 40th season.
ProMusica is funded in part through the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, Nationwide, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.