Classical Music in Southeastern Ohio

by Emily Baird on October 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

The sounds of classical music will be heard throughout the region this year as one local orchestra prepares for a new season.

The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra held its first performance tonight on Muskingum University’s campus. The crowd was treated to several pieces by different composers, such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Grainger.

"They can expect to hear a very pleasant program, something they would enjoy listening to-not to say I can’t wait until it’s done so I can leave. I think the program is enjoyable from the beginning to the end, " says violinist Andrew Lisko.

Karen Brown was one of the audience members who attended tonight’s performance. She also was the manager of the orchestra for 22 years.

She says classical music has an impact on our lives.

"It really plays a role in who we are, how we think, and how we respond to the world. I don’t think that many people realize a part of our lives classical music is, but if they listen even to commercials on TV, they would realize that classical music is often there in the background-even when people don’t realize it, " says Brown.

Lisko says a lot of hard work has gone into preparing for this year’s concert season. He says they’ve been practicing since August, but it takes years for these performers to be at the level they are.

"There’s an old saying. It goes if you know how, it’s easy. It takes 21 years to get one instrument and play it to its audible possibilities, " says Lisko.

For a complete list of the orchestra’s performances, visit