Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil Sneak Peek

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus Presents Kyle Eastwood

JAG_sneak_peek_fullToday, Kyle Eastwood is less and less known as the son of Clint Eastwood and more of a universally respected musician and leader in his own right. A virtuoso bassist on electric and upright, as well as a talented composer with a keen ear for great tunes as well as the subtleties of modern jazz, he is right at the forefront of the contemporary scene. In addition to his six solo albums, Eastwood has also contributed music to eight of his father’s films: The Rookie (1990), Mystic River (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008) and Invictus (2009). And while he takes pride in those credits, his most personal, fully realized and rewarding project to date is his current quintet offering, The View From Here.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will mark the 12th annual Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April with a month-long celebration of jazz featuring performances, talks, tours and family-oriented events. The museum launched JAM in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 other countries. JAG celebrates JAM by exploring the principles of jazz:  freedom, inclusion and creativity – and by sharing the stories of how jazz transformed America and inspired the world.

When:  Two separate performances on Saturday, April 6 at 7 and 10 p.m.

Where:  Short North Stage’s Green Room, 1187 North High Street, Columbus, OH, 43201

For more information:  Visit, email or call (614) 294-5200.

Ohio Paper Folders in Word of Art: FLOW

paper_folders_sneak_peek_fullOhio Paper Folders is a central Ohio based paper arts organization whose members are comprised of artists, authors and enthusiasts who teach and create works of origami.

Origami is an ancient art of paper folding.  The appeal of origami is the universality of the art form.  It is simplicity defined.  It’s pure and honest.  It speaks to our innocence and our playfulness.  The paper expresses the life of the figures the artist shapes.

But many aren’t aware that origami has grown far beyond the boundaries of the classic crane.  Innovations developed in pursuit of the art find application in multiple fields, including applied mathematics and engineering. One application is the use of folding algorithms to pack air bags.

Some members of Ohio Paper Folders are participating this month in a community art project at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio – Word of Art: FLOW.  The multi-media exhibition features a sensory production with various artists utilizing all forms of interpretation of the word “flow.”  Ohio Paper Folders’ origami artists Anne Roberts and Monica Salisbury will be featured in the exhibition.  Ohio Paper Folders is honored to take part in a project that provides an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to collaborate and be inspired.

When: April 17 – 21, 2013; Performance pieces will be on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20.

Where: The Dairy Barn, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, Ohio 45701.

For tickets/more information: /, (740) 448-7231.

Local origami group: / (740) 334-4213.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Presents Bravo, Maestro!

promusica_sneak_peek_frontTimothy Russell will conduct his grand finale as music director in quintessential ProMusica fashion. Bravo, Maestro! will combine favorite masterworks and contemporary fare.  The concert will also include another remarkable world premiere composed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis.

Bravo, Maestro! marks a milestone for ProMusica, as Russell makes his final appearance as music director after founding the organization 34 years ago.  At age 24, Timothy Russell debuted a 31-musician ensemble in 1980. ProMusica’s first season featured a four-concert series that sold out at Battelle Memorial Institute auditorium.  Since its founding, ProMusica has been committed to commissioning and performing new works.

For the first time in its history, ProMusica will transition to a new music director at the start of the 2013-2014 season. ProMusica honors Russell for not only his leadership of orchestra, but his commitment to the Columbus community over the years. ProMusica invites audience members and friends to celebrate as Russell premieres his 59th commissioned work and the orchestra says farewell to its longtime leader.

When:  Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

Where:  The Southern Theatre, 21 East Main St., Columbus 43215

For more information/tickets:  Email, call (614) 464-0066 or visit