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Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial for Central Ohio Symphony’s Season Opener

Photo courtesy of Central Ohio Symphony.

Photo courtesy of Central Ohio Symphony.

The verses of the Star Spangled Banner turned 200 on September 14 of this year. On Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, starting his 12th year as Music Director, and the 65 musicians of the Central Ohio Symphony will honor that bicentennial with a performance of Michael Gandolfi’s Chesapeake Summer of 1814. The piece, which will also feature the Delaware Hayes Symphonic choir under the director of Dara Gillis, was commissioned expressly to commemorate the event. The Symphony’s performance of the work, which debuted in Reno, Nevada, in 2014, will be only the fourth nationwide.

The bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner is not the only keynote performance that evening. Ohio Guest Artist and Central Ohio Symphony concertmaster Tom Fetherston will be performing the Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian. The concert will also include a performance of Symphony No. 8 by Antonin Dvorak.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the Symphony Source, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware or online at or Buehler’s Food Market. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $6 for students and $4 for children.

You can still subscribe to the entire season, all four concerts are only $72.00 and the Symphony is again offering first-time subscribers the opportunity to buy season tickets for $36.00 with seats in the 100 and 500 section of the main floor. More than 625 season tickets have been sold.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website,, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Source Central Ohio Symphony

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