Category Archives: Music

Columbus Commemorated The 150th Anniversary Of Abraham Lincoln’s Death With Tolling Bells, Firing Cannons, Blooming Lilacs and Mourning Voices

Until June 1, the west portico of the Ohio Statehouse will have a distinctly somber appearance. The towering limestone pillars are wrapped in black bunting, just as they were on April 29, 1865, when 50,000 people passed between them to … Continue reading

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I Played “Carmen Ohio” on the Bells of Orton Hall

While the highlight of Commencement Week at The Ohio State University is receiving a diploma at Ohio Stadium, participating in a “Things You Never Got to See Tour” is a close second. This week, both the graduating and the curious … Continue reading

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Splendid Seasonal Music Filled Two Sacred Settings

“Let’s approach this Advent in a new and different way, folks,” wrote the Very Rev. Michael Lumpe, rector of Saint Joseph Cathedral, on the first Sunday of Advent. “Let’s all begin our lives of faith anew, in hopeful anticipation for … Continue reading

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Bach, Mendelssohn and the Gewandhaus Make Eastern Germany a Classical Destination

Johann Sebastian Bach may have brought me to eastern Germany, but after an afternoon at Felix Mendelssohn’s home and an evening of musical fireworks at the legendary Gewandhaus, I left realizing that the region is an incredible “Classical Destination.” In Bach’s … Continue reading

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Before Traveling to Bach’s Eastern Germany, I Got Straightforward Instruction in What a Well-Tempered Harpsichord Can Do

There are 15 red-letter days on my calendar this year. Two of them have to do with Johann Sebastian Bach.  One of those days, I’ll be at the Bachhaus in Eisenach, Germany, where Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March … Continue reading

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Pack a Hearty Helping of Art, Music and History Into Your Lunch Hour at First Congregational Church’s First Tuesday Concert

First Congregational Church’s First Tuesday lunchtime concert for February was a welcome, restorative break from fussing with Fearless Leaders, Monday-meeting minutes and strategic planning spreadsheets.  I’ve taken you to this lovely sanctuary at the Downtown Columbus corner of East Broad … Continue reading

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If You Were At Capital University’s Mees Hall on Friday the 13th, You Were Lucky!

While I still get a lot of grief about why I visited Salt Lake City last September, I try not to pay too much attention. After all, I got to hear a Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance in person not once, … Continue reading

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