Symphony 38th season opener features return of pianist


The debut concert by the Central Ohio Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, will feature the pianist Bruce Murray performing not two piano concertos on the stage of Gray Chapel auditorium.

Murray, Dean of the School of Music at Miami University, performed a Beethoven concerto with the orchestra three seasons ago. This season he will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

“These are two drastically different works,” said Warren W. Hyer, executive director of the Central Ohio Symphony. “The Mozart is a smaller orchestra, very traditional work. In contrast, the Shostakovich is often called ‘Piano and Trumpet Concerto’ because it features only strings, the pianist, the one solo trumpet player.”

Principal trumpet Dale Nawrocki will be the featured soloist with Murray for the Shostakovich.

Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, now in his 15th year with the ensemble, will also lead the musicians through the Ohio performance of Dreamtime Ancestors, a work by composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Based upon Australian aboriginal creation myths, the tone poem was the result of a commission from New Music for America, a consortium of orchestras, including the Central Ohio Symphony, which participates through Hyer, who sits on the consortium’s steering committee.

The concert will close with a performance of Bolero, by Maurice Ravel, an audience favorite.

Season tickets or tickets for this concert only may be purchased at the Symphony Source, 24 E. Winter St. in downtown Delaware or online at www.centralohiosymphony.org, or at the box office the night of the concert.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $6 for all students and $4 for children.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website, www.centralohiosymphony.org, at the Symphony office or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.