Enjoying Fine Arts In Columbus

July 13, 2013

From Greek Revival state buildings, a collection of American and Western european art at Wexner Center, the HQ of the Ohio Historical Society, and a Victorian museum Columbus humanities are a center for Ohio’s capital. More recent examples of the fine arts might be found at the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet Columbus, Broadway Across America, Actors’ Theatre, and Columbus Museum of Art. Each of these justifies the visitor’s return on time devoted.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, established in 1951, presents 14 classical and 9 pops programs a season. The summer portion is devoted to out of doors pops performances; the winter segment offers symphony in its home location at the Ohio Theatre, a ground-breaking countrywide landmark reconstructed from a wonderful old 1928 movie palace.

BalletMet Columbus, innovative and very flexible, also lives at the Ohio Theatre where a 21 foot candelabrum and Spanish-Baroque design make a contribution to its opulence. One of the biggest dance firms in the US, BalletMet Columbus tenders dance entertainment for all audiences together with providing accessible dance education and outreach programs for the community.

Another satisfied resident of the Ohio Theatre in Columbus is Broadway Across America, producer of live dramatic events presented across Northern America. Just about all these locales are Broadway hits on tour bringing the Big Apple and London stage to over 40 towns across the US and Canada. “West Side Story” and “Memphis” are two of the spring 2012 offerings in Columbus.

Actors’ Theatre presents the traditional theater of Shakespeare and other playwrights to an outside audience from Memorial Day to Work Day in German Village at Schiller Park. This acting troupe, with its 30 year history, started on a wooden stage however progressed to an enduring performance site in 1995. Out of doors shows are free; nevertheless donations are inspired. The 31st season, starting in May of 2012, will include Hickman’s “Robin Hood”, “The Merchant of Venice” and Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”.

And ultimately, The Columbus Museum of Art, which is located downtown, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and presents both early modern European and American art as well as modern art and photography. Curiously those rooms where pre-19th century paintings are hung use the salon style where art is hung above and next to one another. No stark white cubes in these studios; instead , walls of various and intense colours are used to explain the art. There is also an outdoor sculpture studio and a children’s exhibit. Till May 2012 there is an exhibition titled “Monet to Matisse” which remembers the Columbus Bicentennial.

Jenny Greg has been fascinated by Columbus fine arts for a number of years. She has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more information about Columbus arts come visit his site.


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