2022-2023 SEASON

2015-2016 Season : All Events

Past Events

Chamber Concert: Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church

Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio


Zoltán Kodály - Duo for Violin and Cello
Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
Astor Piazzolla - "Summer" from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Joel Puckett - Infinite Morning
Joel Puckett - bill-y-tude

Sgt. Pepper's Live

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre


Since you can’t see the Fab Four play live, here’s the next best thing! The Columbia Orchestra teams with Classic Albums Live as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts in a note-for-note recreation of one of the greatest albums of all time. For tickets or more information, call 410-715-3044 or visit www.columbiafestival.org.

Shostakovich's Fifth

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre

Katherine Needleman, oboe


Jennifer Higdon - Oboe Concerto
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
Christopher Theofanidis - Dreamtime Ancestors (Maryland Premiere)

Young People's Concert at the Gordon Center

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Dance Connections, Jennifer Aversa, Director
Greg Jukes, narrator


The Columbia Orchestra and Dance Connections present Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals at The Gordon Center along with musical highlights from Harry Potter, Bizet's Carmen, and Dvorak's New World Symphony. A fun, interactive program for kids! For tickets or more information, call 410-356-7469 or visit www.gordoncenter.com.

Copland and Elgar

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre

Jonathan Carney, violin


Leonard Bernstein - Overture to Candide
Aaron Copland - Danzón cubano
Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations
Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto

Soloist sponsored by

Daybreak of Freedom

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre

Michael Edwards, speaker


Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Gioachino Rossini - Overture to The Barber of Seville
Joseph Schwantner - New Morning For The World

Young People's Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre

Dance Connections, Jennifer Aversa, Director
Greg Jukes, narrator


Join us for a “High Seas Adventure” with musical tales of sea-faring pirates and Sinbad the Sailor! Narrator Greg Jukes and our friends from Dance Connections join the Orchestra for Scheherezade, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more! Try your hand at playing instruments at our Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by

Guest artist sponsored by

Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1, 1st movement
Cecile Chaminade - Concertino for Flute

Chamber Concert

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church


Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor
Felix Mendelssohn - Octet for Strings (selections)

The General at AFI

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
American Film Institute


Did you catch our sold-out world premiere of Andrew Earle Simpson’s score to Buster Keaton’s One Week last season? Or the thunderous applause at our performances of Andrew’s music for The General at AFI Silver? It’s the 90th anniversary of Keaton’s classic film and we’re back by popular demand to play this marvelous score live with the film. For tickets or more information, call 301-495-6720 or visit www.afi.com .

Franz Joseph Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 2 in D


Young Artist Competition sponsored by

Chamber Concert

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church


This performance features members of the orchestra in music from Mozart's D Major Flute Quartet, Brahms' First String Sextet, Weber's Clarinet Quintet, and more all in the beautiful setting of Christ Episcopal Church. No tickets or reservations are needed: admission is free and donations to the series are gladly accepted.

Events and performers are subject to change.


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