ProMusica | 2024-25 Season Brochure

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2024 25 SEASON

A love note to music.

To music.

To the resonance and rhythms, the harmony and melody, the expression and emotion that make us feel alive. Make us feel human. Make us feel whole.

Every measure, a muse. Every bar, a breakthrough. A place where beauty and vulnerability coexist. Where grit meets grace. Where, from darkness, emerges light.

A stage creaking gently under our footsteps. Lights dimmed. Instruments tuning, blending with the soft, excited murmur of voices across the theatre.

Finally, the collective inhale before our first note.

To play this music. To hear it. To be part of it. It moves something deep within us; it stirs our spirit and feeds our soul. We can’t imagine a life without it. And we want to share it with the world.

We are a creative collective of 37 in a city of 1 million. We are violinists. Bassoonists. Cellists. Percussionists. Leaders. We are curators and connectors, storytellers and supporters, artists and entertainers.

This is the ProMusica 2024-25 Season.

This is our love note to music.

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orchestra photos by Rick Buchanan Photography.

Anote from our

Music Director

This will be a year of artistic risk and musical reward.

perspectives, and cherished classics mixed with the contemporary. Through music, we will bend the boundaries of imagination, discovery, curiosity, and innovation.

From Schubert to Seven Deadly Sins Montgomery, Darker America

Naked Classics to Neighborhood Series—our passionate musicians will be showcased alongside renowned guests, emerging talents, and inspiring collaborators. The orchestra also affirms our commitment to championing composers and diverse voices of today with the exciting premieres of our 70th and 71st commissions.

ProMusica is not complete without you: our audience, supporters, friends, and music lovers. I hope you will join us this season, so together, we can experience joy and connectedness to the world and one another.


Season at a Glance

A full year of rapturous events, renowned guests, and remarkable performances. How lucky we are to share our lives with music. And how privileged we are to share that music with you.


August 6, 8, & 9


September 28 & 29


October 19 & 20


November 9 & 10


December 14 & 15


January 25 & 26


February 28


March 1 & 2


May 10 & 11

More concerts and events to be announced throughout the year.

Outreach programs 2024 25

When you love something, you want to share it with as many people as possible. That’s why ProMusica is committed to sharing our music throughout Columbus, transforming lives and enriching communities. Visit to learn more about our education and outreach programs, which include the Family Library Series, Musicians in the Schools, Play Us Forward, and Open Rehearsals.


“We went to a ProMusica concert and were immediately transported—and still haven’t entirely come back to reality. It was a magical experience!”

THE at the Southern Theatre

Subscription Series

Stained glass in the interior of the beautiful Southern Theatre.
It’s a date—or six.

Our long-running series at the stunning Southern Theatre features standout soloists, accompanied by the talented musicians of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. And it will keep you falling in love with music over and over again.


Saturday, September 28 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, September 29 | 7:00 PM

Storm Large, vocalist

Hudson Shad, vocal quartet

David Danzmayr, conductor

Schubert — Symphony No. 5

Weill — The Seven Deadly Sins

Multifaceted star vocalist Storm Large, of Pink Martini fame, makes her ProMusica debut performing the dual role of Anna in Kurt Weill’s masterpiece, The Seven Deadly Sins. The work’s deep satirical expression is contrasted by Schubert’s classical and elegant Symphony No. 5, brilliantly led by our Music Director David Danzmayr to open our 46th season.

Storm Large


Saturday, November 9 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 10 | 7:00 PM

Yeol Eum Son, piano

David Danzmayr, conductor

Montgomery — Strum

Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”

Schubert — Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

J. Strauss — Emperor Waltz

Known for her graceful and timeless interpretations, world-renowned South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son joins ProMusica to perform Beethoven’s majestic “Emperor” Piano Concerto. The program commences with Grammy-winning composer Jessie Montgomery’s Strum and concludes with two Austrian gems— Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, followed by the grand melodies of Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz

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Saturday, December 14 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 15 | 7:00 PM

Jeffrey Zeigler, cello

Andy Akiho, steel pan & composer

David Danzmayr, conductor

Akiho — Fantasy for Steel Pans and Orchestra

Akiho — Cello Concerto [Commission and Midwest Premiere]*

Beethoven — Symphony No. 4

Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler joins ProMusica to premiere the orchestra’s 70th commissioned work—a new concerto by Grammy- and Pulitzer-nominated composer Andy Akiho. Returning as part of our Composer/Performer Project, Akiho also performs his Fantasy for Steel Pans and Orchestra

Beethoven’s bold yet cheerful Symphony No. 4 closes the program, blending the classical with the contemporary.

*Commissioned by the Sun Valley Music Festival, the Oregon Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Bozeman Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.


Saturday, January 25 | 7:00 PM Sunday, January 26 | 7:00 PM

Ellie Dehn, soprano

Martha Guth, soprano

Daniel McGrew, tenor Capital University Chapel Choir

David Danzmayr, conductor

Kancheli — Midday Prayers

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Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang”

Joined by the Capital University Chapel Choir and three world-class vocalists, Music Director David Danzmayr leads ProMusica for its firstever performance of Mendelssohn’s powerful symphony-cantata, “Lobgesang” (“Hymn of Praise”) —the composer’s most ambitious symphony achievement. Giya Kancheli’s hauntingly beautiful Midday Prayers complements this program of both simplicity and glory.

Yeol Eum Son Jeffrey Zeigler
Martha Guth

Experience the passion in every performance.


Saturday, March 1 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 2 | 7:00 PM

Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet

Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader

Schnittke (arr. Spivakov) — Suite in the Old Style

Mozart — Clarinet Concerto

Schubert (arr. Mahler) — Death and the Maiden

Creative Partner and esteemed violinist Vadim Gluzman leads an extraordinary evening of virtuosity and versatility. Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style, a nod to the Baroque era, is followed by Mozart’s lively Clarinet Concerto, featuring ProMusica’s principal clarinetist, Ilya Shterenberg. The program concludes with Mahler’s arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, one of the great cornerstones of the chamber music repertoire.


Saturday, May 10 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 11 | 7:00 PM

Aaron Diehl, piano

Michael Schachter, composer

David Danzmayr, conductor

Still — Darker America Schachter — Rhapsody [Commission and Midwest Premiere]* Brahms — Symphony No. 3 Brahms — Hungarian Dance No. 1

Columbus native and acclaimed jazz pianist Aaron Diehl makes his debut with ProMusica for our 71st commission and premiere: Rhapsody, a new work by composer Michael Schachter commemorating the centennial of Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. William Grant Still’s Darker America opens the program, and Brahms’ deeply romantic Third Symphony brings our dynamic 46th season to close.

*Lead commissioning by ProtoStar Group and Carnegie Hall,

co-commissioned by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Support for Michael Schachter’s commission is made possible by Dr. Richard and Yvonne Heather Burry, and an anonymous donor.

Coda: Post-Concert Conversations

What do we love almost as much as playing music? Talking about music. Join us for an open forum directly following each Southern Theatre performance. Listen to lively conversation as our guest artists, composers, and conductor give insight into the music performed. Coda is FREE to any ticket holder.

Aaron Diehl
FREE “I always leave these concerts thrilled with the music, the warmth of the setting, and the breadth of selections.”

“Musicians spontaneously smiling. Orchestra members moving like dancers. Danzmayr seemingly commanding the forces of nature. It’s simply amazing.”


Led by Creative Partner and violinist Vadim Gluzman, you’ll experience both the whimsical and virtuosic sides of Mendelssohn, from his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream to his timeless Violin Concerto in E Minor, performed by rising star violinist Sueye Park. Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ deeply personal Musica Dolorosa offers a reflective and poignant pause in an otherwise lively program.

Neighborhood Series

We know you can’t always make it to the theatre. Our Neighborhood Series brings the orchestra to you, performing one-hour programs in communities across Columbus, in exquisite venues like Saint Mary Catholic Church and Worthington United Methodist Church.


Sueye Park, violin* Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader

Mendelssohn — A Midsummer Night’s Dream Vasks — Musica Dolorosa

Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto in E Minor

Saturday, October 19 | 7:00 PM

Worthington United Methodist Church 600 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Sunday, October 20 | 7:00 PM

Saint Mary Catholic Church 684 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

Park’s appearance is made

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* Sueye possible through North Shore Chamber Music Festival’s Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund.
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Sueye Park

Naked Classics

Join us as we strip down an iconic chamber piece and uncover its deepest meaning. Together with host Paul Rissmann, we’ll deconstruct Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, a deeply dramatic and moving work that was written when the composer himself was in the shadows of death. Then, you’ll be treated to a full orchestral performance of the piece.


Paul Rissmann, presenter & host

Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader

Schubert (arr. Mahler) — Death and the Maiden

Friday, February 28 | 7:30 PM

Southern Theatre

21 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43215

Paul Rissmann, presenter & host
Vadim Gluzman, violin & leader

2024 Summer Music Series free

What could be more romantic than classical music under a starlit summer sky? Join us for our three-concert Summer Music Series, with performances at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and at Westerville’s Alum Creek Park Amphitheater.

Pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs, and bring a date— or the whole family. Concerts are free, and all ages are welcome.


The Crane Family Foundation

The Fox Foundation


Tuesday, August 6 | 7:00 PM

Alum Creek Park Amphitheater

221 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

Thursday, August 8 | 8:00 PM

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Friday, August 9 | 8:00 PM

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203


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“The orchestra performing to the public, for free, is amazing. What a gift to Columbus.”
Our Signature Events are not included in our subscription packages, but can be enjoyed on an individual basis. Single tickets for Naked Classics and Neighborhood Series go on sale August 12, 2024. See the last page in this brochure for ticket pricing options. Music and memories in the making. 614.464.0066 ext. 101 ProMusica Signature Events: Neighborhood Series Naked Classics Summer Music Series 13.

Let’s make it a long-term love affair.

Subscribe today and get access to phenomenal benefits like:

Preferred seating

Get first access to the best seats of the season and keep them all year.

Member exclusive pricing

Enjoy VIP discounts on your season tickets and additional tickets purchased throughout the season.

Inside access

Receive access to subscriber-only pre-sales for special events.

Flexibility and convenience

Tailor your package to fit your schedule with free and easy ticket exchanges, so you don’t have to miss a single concert.

Opportunities to bring friends

Get the chance to invite NEW friends for free through ProMusica CONNECT. Look out for more details in your subscriber packet.

All sales are final. Programs and performers are subject to change. Orders received within one week of a performance will not be mailed, but will be available for pickup at the venue on the day of the performance.

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Every package has its perks.

From subscription packages to ticket vouchers, we’ve got three ticket-purchasing options to fit every datebook and price point.

Three ways to make sure you don’t miss a thing

Same seats guaranteed

Priority seating in requested sections

Free exchanges with no time limit

15% discount on additional Subscription Series tickets

Access to free guest tickets

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Subscription Series

Save 15% on the full series, and get the same seats each time for your choice of Saturday or Sunday events.

Create Your Own

Save 10% when you choose four or five concert dates of your choice, and get more flexibility, plus priority seating in a requested section. Try Three Get three event vouchers for $99.

*Please note that Try Three vouchers cannot be redeemed for special events. Here’s what you get:

Mix and match any combination of three performances and redeem your vouchers for any concert, at any venue, in any available seat, in any combination you choose.*


Event Pricing and Seating Options

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Subscription Series (6 events) Saturday or Sunday Create Your Own (4 events) Create Your Own (5 events) Try Three (3 events) Single Tickets Naked Classics Neighborhood Series Huntington Circle Loge Orchestra A Orchestra B Mezzanine Second Balcony $324 $228 $64 $285 $99 Sit in any requested section $28 General Admission $32 General Admission $324 $324 $240 $162 $228 $228 $168 $116 $64 $64 $47 $33 $18 $285 $285 $210 $145 Single tickets for Naked Classics and Neighborhood Series go on sale August 12, 2024. Student tickets at a special discounted rate of $12* are available to all students who are university age or younger. *Limit two per valid student ID; applicable for regular season performances only. Special events excluded. Seating Location
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Student Tickets
Second Balcony Mezzanine Loge Orchestra B Rows O-R Orchestra A Rows L-N Huntington Circle Southern Theatre Seating 614.464.0066 ext. 101 17.

2024 25 SEASON

A love note to music.


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