ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Presents Celebrate! A New Year’s Eve Concert

Ring in the New Year at the historic Southern Theatre, a premiere downtown Columbus destination, as ProMusica Chamber Orchestra performs a program of your favorite Broadway tunes and a night in old Vienna. Enjoy an elegant performance featuring soprano, Sarah Pfisterer, and lyric baritone, Keith Buterbaugh, singing favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and more. Includes a special champagne toast at intermission to kick-off the Columbus Bicentennial! Each concert ticket includes a First Night button. Ticket buyers may attend a pre-concert party at the Westin Columbus for an additional cost.

“We are really looking forward to our very first New Year’s Eve performance at the beginning of the Bicentennial celebration,” said Janet Chen, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra executive director. “Our success is a result of the support we’ve received from the people of central Ohio, and we’re honored to be part of this great event in Columbus’ history.

“This concert will be a little different from our standard classical-music oriented presentations,” said Chen. “This combination of Broadway show-tunes and the music of Old Vienna will be a lot of fun for our audience, and a unique way to commemorate Columbus’ Bicentennial.”

When: Saturday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m.

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

For tickets and more information:, 614-464-0066 or visit

Promotions One Presents First Night Columbus

The 17th annual First Night Columbus is the place to be on New Year's Eve! Join central Ohio’s largest substance-free New Year's Eve celebration as the city rings in the Bicentennial of Columbus! On December 31, enjoy more than 100 ethnically diverse entertainers performing simultaneously in more than 10 different indoor performance sites downtown. Enjoy live music, dance, comedy, poetry, great cuisine from around the world and more! First Night also provides creative hands-on activities for all ages to engage your imagination and explore the artist in you.

First Night Columbus actively and creatively engages the downtown community, transforming the city into a stage where everyone can choose what they want to see and do. First Night was incorporated in 1995 as part of an international alliance of more than 100 cities that showcase the visual and performing arts through New Year's Eve celebrations that are safe, affordable and fun. Come join First Night and celebrate community spirit, rich cultural heritage and the arts in a family-friendly, drug- and alcohol-free environment!

When: Saturday, December 31, 2011. Activities begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks at midnight!

Where: Downtown Columbus

For tickets and more information: Buttons are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Use your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to receive buttons for $7 at Giant Eagle locations only. Go to for more information.

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery Presents 100 Years of Art: Celebrating Columbus’ Legacy

Curated by Melissa Wolfe from the Columbus Museum of Art, 100 Years of Art serves as a tribute to Columbus' Bicentennial celebration. Covering a wide variety of media and artistic styles, the work in 100 Years of Art reveals the changing face of the capital city's artistic community. The 50 plus artists represented in this exhibition were influenced by local and national artistic developments as they helped to establish the creative backdrop that still exists in Columbus today. Artists include: George Bellows, William Hawkins, Edna Boies Hopkins, Roy Lichtenstein, Yteve Smith and James Thurber.

“Though we have a wealth of talented artists currently living and working in our city, Columbus has an extremely rich artistic history," said Mary Gray, the Riffe Gallery director.  "I thought it was important to showcase artists who are no longer with us but helped shape Columbus’ thriving art scene. Through her work on the exhibition, curator Melissa Wolfe will provide our audience a compelling journey through our city’s artistic legacy.”

When:  January 26 - April 15, 2012. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Riffe Gallery, Vern Riffe Center for Gov’t and the Arts, 77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

For more information: 614-644-9624 or

Image info:  Robert Chadeayne (1897 – 1981), Down Town, Copal and toubon on canvas, 23.5 x 29.5. On loan from the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown.

Harlem Gospel Choir, courtesy of CAPA.

Grand Illumination
Presented by Columbus Recreation & Parks Dept.
Through January 15

A Course in Film Acting
Presented by Route 40 Classes
Through January 24, 2012

Columbus Views
Presented by the Columbus Museum of Art
Through March 11, 2012

Mozart & Brahms
Presented by the Columbus Symphony
January 6-7, 2012

MLK Day Open House
Presented by King Arts Complex
January 16, 2012

Ten Cents a Dance
Presented by Columbus Dance Theatre
January 20, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon!
Presented by ProMusica
January 21-22, 2012

Harlem Gospel Choir
Presented by CAPA
January 26, 2012