ou could say the classic “New World Symphony” is a part of the old world for the leader of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Antonin Dvorak’s folk-influenced “Symphony No. 9” occupies a revered place in orchestral literature and holds a special place for Josh Aerie, the local ensemble’s music director.
The work was the first piece of music Aerie ever bought with his own money, when he was in junior high. The then-budding cellist was preparing to perform the substantial tune with the Empire State Youth Orchestra in New York.
Now, he is preparing the local, mostly-volunteer orchestra to perform the piece at its “Music Americana” concert at 3:30 p.m. April 30 at The Commons, 300 Washington St.
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“You don’t always realize at the time how powerful these experiences will remain in your life over time,” Aerie said, speaking by phone from his home in South Bend. “I thought it was amazing. It definitely opened my ears to the greatness of the best of the orchestral repertoire.”
The theme from the second movement was woven into the folk song “Going Home,” which many non-classical listeners may know.
The concert also will feature a homecoming for Columbus native Albert Miller, who will perform a euphonium solo in Phillip Sparke’s “Pantomime.” The work in part is meant to show off the lyrical and technical prowess of the brass instrument, according to music experts and music websites.
Miller seems a good source for such. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference on multiple instruments in multiple styles, according to his online biography. He also has played euphonium in such ensembles as the Lafayette (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City and the internationally acclaimed University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, among other groups.
The afternoon also will include Columbus Symphony french horn player Josh Goodman guest conducting his peers on Percy Grainger’s energetic fiddle tune, “Molly On the Shore.”
“It’s really a fun piece,” Aerie said, “with a lot of that great Irish flavor.”
Who: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presenting “Music Americana,” featuring Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and two other works in a 90-minute performance.
When: 3:30 p.m. April 30.
Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, available at the door or at csoindiana.org. Those younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.