Summer classical music, dance in Columbus: symphony, ballet and more

Most classical music and dance organizations wrap up their official seasons in the late spring or early summer, but that doesn’t mean that the music stops or the movement ceases in the summer months.

From the Columbus Symphony and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra to BalletMet and two area opera troupes, nearly every major classical and dance group in Columbus will be performing this summer, often at outdoor venues that offer sunshine and cool breezes in addition to the onstage entertainment. (Well, we can hope for pleasant weather, can’t we?)

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So, reserve your tickets, bring your lawn chair (if necessary) and let beautiful music and splendid dance enhance your summer.

Alum Creek Park Amphitheater

221 W. Main St., Westerville

, Westerville Symphony Orchestra6:30 pm July 3: The orchestra will host baritone Leo Welsh in celebrating Independence Day for its “Sound of Freedom” concert.

, Westerville Symphony Orchestra7:30 pm July 28-30: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “The Sound of Music” will be performed in its entirety with accompaniment courtesy of the orchestra.


BalletMet will again perform as part of the

Bicentennial Park

233 Civic Center Drive, Downtown

, BalletMet, 8 pm Sept. 2: If you can’t wait for BalletMet’s official season opener, Sept. 16-18 in the Ohio Theater, the dancers will perform on the banks of the Scioto River as part of the “Rhythm on the River” concert series.


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Christopher Cross will perform with the Columbus Symphony as part of Picnic With the Pops on July 16.

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons

East Rich and South High streets, Downtown

, Picnic With the Pops, 8 pm June 18-July 30: The Columbus Symphony will provide musical support to multiple guest artists: The O’Jays (June 18), Boogie Wonder Band (June 25), Christopher Cross (July 16), a Rolling Stones tribute band (July 23) and the Ohio State University marching band (July 29-30). Don’t miss the symphony’s Independence Day extravaganza, “Patriotic Pops,” on July 2.

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