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The Columbus Symphony Kicks Off the 2021 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops with The Music of Queen

Welcoming back a Columbus summer favorite, the Columbus Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz will kick off the 2021 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops on Saturday,

June 12, with Windborne’s The Music of Queen at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons. Performed by the Columbus Symphony and amplified with a full rock band, this symphonic rock hybrid captures Queen's distinct sound with lots of new musical colors. Includes music from Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, The Works, and many more.

The 2021 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops is the CSO’s 37th series and the 9th season at the Columbus Commons. Check out the full season lineup below. For more information, or to order advance tickets, visit

6.19 Michael Cavanaugh Performs the Music of Elton John

Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh received both Tony and Grammy nominations for the role. Named “the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” by Billboard, Cavanaugh’s The Music of Elton John features the greatest hits of the legendary singer/songwriter including “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Tiny Dancer,” and many more.

6.26 Patriotic Pops with N'Kenge

The Columbus Symphony continues its grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July with an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches. Enjoy the smooth stylings of award-winning guest vocalist N'Kenge, plus the time-honored performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and a brilliant display of fireworks!

7.10 En Vogue

Recognized as one of the top five highest-selling American female music groups in history, En Vogue has sold more than 20 million albums and effortlessly transitioned into the digital age, garnering more than 30 million streams and 26 million YouTube views on smashes such as “Hold On,” “Free Your Mind,” “Never Gonna Get It,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Don’t Let Go,” and “Whatta Man” (featuring Salt N Pepa).

7.17 Tito Puente Jr.

Tito Puente Jr. crosses cultures and generations with a high-voltage celebration of his legendary father, “The King of Latin Music” Tito Puente, including mambo and Latin jazz hits “Ran Kan Kan,” “Mambo Gozón,” and “Oye Como Va.” Puente also embraces the Latinx community with a special mariachi performance by Campanas de America.

7.24 Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions

From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love, and tenderness have created the soundtrack of our lives. Join the Grammy Award winner for a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards, and classical especially arranged for symphony orchestra.

7.30 & 7.31 The Ohio State University Marching Band

Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!


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