Columbus Symphony, 'Swan Lake,' 'Dancing with the Stars Live' among highlights of season

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Feb. 11-19: "Giselle" by BalletMet, Riffe Center's Davidson Theatre
Feb. 11-19: "Giselle" by BalletMet, Riffe Center's Davidson Theatre

Greater Columbus classical music and dance organizations promise to nourish souls and feed spirits in the months ahead.

The Columbus Symphony and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will play music that inspires and challenges. Those with a taste for the drama of great opera can choose between the CSO’s performance of the operatic warhorse “La Boheme” or Opera Columbus’ thought-provoking production of the contemporary opera “Fellow Travelers.”

Vibrant dance productions look to remain a part of the arts scene on the heels of the return of BalletMet’s “Nutcracker” in December. From BalletMet’s “Giselle” to the touring Russian Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake,” dance lovers will have plenty to feast their eyes on. And if you consider jazz the most romantic of all musical languages, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalists will be performing for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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The Columbus Symphony's 'Russian Winter Festival'

OHIO THEATRE, 39 E. STATE ST.

Details: The symphony’s annual festival celebrating the music of Russia will conclude with a visit from guest pianist Inon Barnatan, who will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.”

Times: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21-22, 2 p.m. Jan. 23

Admission: $10.33 to $81.73

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.columbussymphony.com

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

SOUTHERN THEATRE, 21 E. MAIN ST.

Details: It will be three times the classical music virtuosity when guest pianist Spencer Myer joins concertmaster Katherine McLin and principal cellist Marc Moskovitz to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto.”

Times: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 23

Admission: $16 to $58

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.promusicacolumbus.org

‘Dancing with the Stars Live’

PALACE THEATRE, 34 W. BROAD ST.

Details: Dancers from the popular TV show will cut a rug to the tango, salsa and other dance styles.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26

Admission: $49 to $579 (VIP tickets)

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.capa.com

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The Columbus Symphony: ‘La Boheme’

OHIO THEATRE, 39 E. STATE ST.

Details: The symphony will provide rich orchestral accompaniment to a fully staged performance of Giacomo Puccini’s iconic opera. Vocalists include soprano Michelle Johnson as Mimi, tenor Joshua Stewart as Rodolfo and members of the Columbus Symphony Chorus, which has been absent from Ohio Theatre stages since before the pandemic.

Times: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5

Admission: $10.33 to $81.73

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.columbussymphony.com

Feb. 10-13: "Valentine Romance" by Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Southern Theatre
Feb. 10-13: "Valentine Romance" by Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Southern Theatre

Columbus Jazz Orchestra

SOUTHERN THEATRE, 21 E. MAIN ST.

Details: Make your Valentine’s Day both romantic and swinging with the orchestra’s “Valentine Romance” program, featuring guest vocalists Carly Thomas Smith and Bruce Wermuth.

Times: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Feb. 11-12, 3 p.m. Feb. 13

Admission: $14 to $74.90

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.jazzartsgroup.org

BalletMet’s ‘Giselle’

RIFFE CENTER’S DAVIDSON THEATRE, 77 S. HIGH ST.

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Details: In BalletMet’s first performance in the Davidson Theatre since the start of the pandemic, the troupe will revive the classic 1841 ballet “Giselle,” centering on the ill-fated romance between the title heroine and a dishonorable nobleman.

Times: 8 p.m. Feb. 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 12; 2 p.m. Feb. 13; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17; 8 p.m. Feb. 18-19

Admission: $35 to $71.75

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.balletmet.org

Feb. 12: Michael Cavanaugh with the Columbus Symphony, Palace Theatre
Feb. 12: Michael Cavanaugh with the Columbus Symphony, Palace Theatre

The Columbus Symphony with vocalist Michael Cavanaugh

PALACE THEATRE, 34 W. BROAD ST.

Details: Vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, best-known to audiences for starring in the Billy Joel-inspired Broadway musical “Movin’ Out,” will team with the symphony to perform “Music of the Great Singer/Songwriters,” featuring orchestral arrangements of tunes by James Taylor, Neil Diamond and, of course, Joel himself.

Times: 8 p.m. Feb. 12

Admission: $35 to $88

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.columbussymphony.com

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Opera Columbus’ ‘Fellow Travelers’

SOUTHERN THEATRE, 21 E. MAIN ST.

Details: For its second production of the season, the company will perform an opera focused on the discrimination experienced by gay people in U.S. government positions during the 1950s.

Times: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Feb. 27

Admission: $27.50 to $107.50

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.operacolumbus.org

Russian Ballet Theatre’s ‘Swan Lake’

PALACE THEATRE, 34 W. BROAD ST.

Details: Authentic Russian-style dancing, hand-painted sets and hand-sewn costumes will distinguish this touring production of the classic 1877 ballet.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26

Admission: $30 to $125

COVID policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required

Contact: www.capa.com

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: 9 ways to see dance and classical music in Columbus this season

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