Symphony announces dates for 44th season


The Central Ohio Symphony’s 44th season is ready to bring both the expected and the unexpected to its audiences and the greater central Ohio community. Music Director Jaime Morales-Matos, now beginning his 20th year with the orchestra, will be conducting the five-concert series.

“Season 44 will intrigue and delight our audiences,” said Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. “We have guest artists from around the country and the world and several world premieres.”

The Symphony season will have five concerts again this year with the opening concert at the beginning of October. Three of the five concerts will take place in 2022, and three of the concerts will be on Sunday afternoons.

Major symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Beethoven will highlight the season. Year two of the Symphony’s “Play It Again” series gives underrepresented composers a second or third performance of their compositions and new music for the audience to experience.

Hyer said, “The unexpected will include a Latin jazz flute concerto by Mariano Morales. The holiday concert will bring a world premiere of music by Westerville composer Ken McCaw for Irish Uillean pipes and the return of soprano Angel Tyler. In March, world-renowned trombonist Peter Steiner to debut a work based on music from UFO movies. Soprano Angel Tyler will return in May singing poems by Langston Hughes; that concert will also include a concerto that will bring 14 timpani to the stage!”

The Symphony is again planning to live stream and record concerts for later viewing online.

The 44th season programming is:

• Debut Concert, Saturday, Oct. 1: “Flute Concerto” by Mariano Morales, Symphony flutist Lisa Jelle; “Recuerdos” (Memoirs) by Sonia Ivette Morales, guest artists Kia-hui Tan, violin, Mark Rudoff, cello; “Symphony No. 5,” by Tchaikovsky.

• Saturday, Nov. 19: “Pulse” (For Orchestra) by Brian Raphael Nabors; “Violin Concerto No. 1” by Max Bruch, guest artist Aisha Syed Castro, violin; “Symphony No. 4” by Brahms.

• Holiday Concerts, Sunday, Dec. 11: Two identical concerts of seasonal music, with a world premiere of “Highland Holiday” by Ken McCaw, guest artist Brian McCoy on the Irish Uillean pipes and soprano Angel Tyler.

• Sunday, March 5, 2023: World premiere of “UFO Concerto” by Johan de Meij, guest artist Peter Steiner, trombone; “Three Dances” from the “Three Cornered Hat” by Manuel de Falla; and the “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Borodin.

• Sunday, May 7, 2023: “Night Songs” by H. Leslie Adams, guest artist Angel Tyler; “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists” by Philip Glass, guest artist Jonathan Haas and Symphony timpanist Warren Hyer; “Symphony No. 7” by Beethoven.

All subscription concerts take place in Gray Chapel auditorium on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. The Saturday concerts are evening concerts; the Sunday concerts are afternoon concerts.

The orchestra will play additional concerts throughout the season, including two baroque concerts in Marion in September and March, free Community Concerts in the fall in various county locations, a chamber concert at Unity Community Center, and the Link Up concert for county fourth graders in the spring.

The Season 44 brochures have been mailed. Season subscription ticket prices for Season 44 are $124.00 for the five concert series, the same cost as last year. First-time subscribers have an option to purchase season tickets for a reduced price in certain sections of the auditorium.

For more information on the upcoming season, visit, stop by the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter St. in Delaware, or call the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

The Symphony is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the City of Delaware, and through a partnership with Ohio Wesleyan University.

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