Founded in 1978, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a unique classical music experience that enriches and inspires people in Central Ohio and beyond – through innovative chamber orchestra programming, educational outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence.
Under the direction of Co-Founder and Music Director, Timothy Russell, the orchestra has sustained over three decades of world-class performances, impacted the community through education and outreach programs, and drawn national attention to the Columbus arts scene through innovation and musical merit. In June 2012 after a two-year international search, ProMusica announced the appointment of David Danzmayr as its new Music Director and violinist Vadim Gluzman to the post of Creative Partner & Principal Guest Artist. Both Danzmayr and Gluzman will begin their tenure in July 2013.
The orchestra has won 8 awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for Adventurous Programming and has received various additional awards, including those from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Jewish Foundation.
As a leader in performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 58 pieces and has presented more than 100 premieres. In October 2012, ProMusica commissioned and world premiered a concerto for two guitars and chamber orchestra by composer Clarice Assad, and in April 2013 will commission and premiere a work by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. ProMusica also continues an active recordings program with thirteen CDs released to-date, including Triumvirate (2011), featuring world premiere performances of works by Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Lera Auerbach and Supernova (2012), highlighting the young composer and pianist, Conrad Tao.
ProMusica’s education and outreach programs influence thousands every season. Musicians travel to local schools, senior citizens are engaged in live rehearsals, and at-risk children are invited to learn, play, and explore with the orchestra.
Special events bring classical music to new audiences and celebrate ProMusica musicians and guest artists. The annual Spring Soirée showcases crossover artistry, recently featuring Gabriela Montero, Jane Monheit, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Mark O’Connor. For the 2012-2013 season, ProMusica will perform with 14-time Grammy winning bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder. Additionally, the Artist Circle series engages audiences in intimate settings.
Since 1998, ProMusica has served as the resident orchestra of the historic Southern Theatre, located in downtown Columbus. The orchestra also hosts performances at the St. Turibius Chapel of the Pontifical College Josephinum. Both venues offer intricate architecture and add to the acoustical splendor and visual delight of the ProMusica experience.
ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, Nationwide Insurance, The Reinberger Foundation, and Thrive In Five. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101FM. Additional support is provided by The Drury Inn.