McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra

Antoine T. Clark, artistic and music director
Antoine T Clark, artistic and music director

We are proud to present the 2017-2018 season of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra (MACCO) under the direction of its founder, Antoine T Clark! The orchestra’s fifth season will feature critically acclaimed guest soloists, beloved masterworks, and world premieres of newly commissioned works by composers native to Columbus. The chamber orchestra continues its mission in supporting local artists while providing diverse programming of orchestral and chamber music in three beautiful and inspiring programs: The First Viennese School, Vive la France, and The Words Beneath the Sound. Subscriptions are just $60! Get your tickets for the whole season now and save!

Single Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $15 student



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Vive la France

Luis Biava, cello
Luis Biava
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 3:00pm
Bronwynn Theatre

Luis Biava, cello

DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1, op. 33, A minor
GLUCK, arr. Felix Mottl: Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin

This lively and romantic program pays homage to great music written by French composers who lived between the end of the 19th–century and the Second World War.

Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saëns are three of France’s most beloved composers. Regarded as a musical revolutionary, Debussy is associated with musical impressionism, although he rejected the application of that term to his music. Ravel also rejected the banner of impressionism and saw himself more as a classicist who synthesized traditional structures and forms in combination with innovative approaches to melody, harmony, and rhythm. Saint-Saëns’ music relies on the tried-and-true forms of the Classical tradition, as reinterpreted by the Romantics. (more…)

The Words Beneath the Sound

Chelsea Hart Melcher and Jennifer Hambrick
Chelsea Hart Melcher & Jennifer Hambrick
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 3:00pm
Bronwyn Theatre

Chelsea Hart Melcher, soprano
Jennifer Hambrick, narrator and guest poet



CHRISTOPHER WEAITEmily’s Bees and Bells for voice and orchestra (World Premiere)
JACOB REED: *The Poet’s Song Project for voice and orchestra (World Premiere)
IGOR STRAVINSKY: Histoire du soldat: Suite

*New Commission in Collaboration with the Johnstone Fund for New Music

Poets, playwrights, and literary greats have proven to be some of the most powerful muses for composers. The plays of William Shakespeare—Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Midsummer’s Nigh Dream— have inspired composers like Rossini, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and countless others to write some of their most beautiful soul-stirring music.

This concert explores the collaboration among poetry, literature, and the music. Columbus composers, Jacob Reed and Christopher Weait have been commissioned by the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and The Johnstone Fund for New Music to write new works for voice and orchestra. Christopher Weait’s new composition, Emily’s Bees and Bells for voice and orchestra, features the poetry of Emily Dickenson while Jacob Reed’s new compositions will feature the poetry of Rumi, poet Jennifer Hambrick, and the students of Worthington. Soprano, Chelsea Hart Melcher will premiere both works with MACCO. (more…)