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School of Music looks to broaden reach with free concerts

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For those looking to attend a concert of a more classical kind this semester, Ohio State’s School of Music has just the ticket — a ticket that won’t cost you a dime.

Unlike previous years, OSU’s School of Music is offering free admission for concerts to the entire community.

In the past, the majority of events were free for students with a BuckID. Now, many of the concerts are free to the community, with the exception of some premium concerts, said Tamara Morris, spokeswoman for the School of Music.

While the School of Music has numerous performances planned for fall semester, Morris said she is especially excited for the traditionally sold-out 22nd Annual Music Celebration Concert, which is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Mershon Auditorium.

“When everyone performs together right before the holidays, it’s a special feeling,” Morris said. “It’s really something, especially when you see it for the first time.”

This event is one of the few that remain ticketed, Morris said.

Before the end-of-semester celebratory concert, though, the School of Music is set to collaborate with OSU’s Department of Theatre to perform Tony Award-winning musical “City of Angels” from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9.

Additionally, OSU’s School of Music changed the location of the OSU Marching Band Hometown Concert on Nov. 13. For years, it has been held at Veterans Memorial on Broad St., Morris said. This year, though, it will be held at the Schottenstein Center for the first time after the Veterans Memorial was closed in July.

“A whole lot of new opportunities come with that,” Morris said. “It’s nice that the concert is on campus.”

Robert Ward conducts the School of Music's combined choir in a performance of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." Credit: Courtesy of Nick Fancher

Robert Ward conducts the School of Music’s combined choir in a performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Credit: Courtesy of Nick Fancher

As for solo performances, Richard Stoltzman, an OSU alumnus and multi-Grammy Award winning clarinetist, is slated to return to his alma mater Nov. 15 for a one-night event, Morris said.

Throughout his career, Stoltzman has worked alongside jazz musicians and rock ‘n’ roll artists, though it was his work in chamber music that earned him two Grammys.

“It’s always great to have an alum back,” Morris said.

Emmy Award-winning musician Peter Buffett — who is investor Warren Buffett’s son — is also set to present a “thought-provoking, multi-media performance,” according to the OSU event website, on Sept. 24 in Weigel Auditorium. Admission is free.

Full schedules of OSU’s School of Music for the fall are available at music.osu.edu.

This is the third of five stories The Lantern will run this week previewing the upcoming works of Ohio State’s arts programs. The series also includes film, theater, fine arts and dance.

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