Brian’s picks

Jazz pianist Monika Herzig has played internationally and opened for pop-rock artists such as Sting and Yes. But she has remained remarkably down to earth in both interviews and performances through the years, with her zest and zeal as infectious as her actual music. She will be part of some of the state’s finest female musicians at “Girls Just Wanna Play Jazz” at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Harlequin Theatre in FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Tickets are $15 in advance at the theater and $20 at the door, Information: 812-343-4597.

To see Ruth Dwyer, artistic director of the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, magically coax vocal musical excellence from her young charges is to watch patient nurturing at its finest. Doubters can see for themselves at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. when the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic presents “Music For Royalty” and its 20th-anniversary salute to the ensemble and to Dwyer, its longtime leader. Tickets are $5 to $45. Information: 812-376-2638 or

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.