Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra was a symphony orchestra of the United States, located in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1941 and disbanded in 1949, the Columbus Philharmonic was the first professional symphony orchestra in Columbus and was a precursor to the present Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's music director was the American conductor Izler Solomon.


The orchestra was founded in 1941 and presented concerts in Franklin County Memorial Hall (now the Franklin County Board of Elections building). Originally the orchestra was semi-professional with all of its principal chairs occupied by full-time professional players. Many of these musicians were imported to Columbus from Chicago, Cleveland and elsewhere due to a shortage of local players during World War II. In 1946, it became a full-time professional orchestra, the first in Columbus.[1] In 1949 the fledgling eight-year-old orchestra was disbanded by its board of trustees due to an inability to continue raising the funds necessary to produce its concerts.[2]

The orchestra's concerts were broadcast several times nationally on the NBC Radio network.[3] Live recordings preserving the sound of the Philharmonic exist, having been made during concerts by Robert Buchsbaum's local recording company, Coronet Records. Buchsbaum was also the orchestra's principal oboist. One of these, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Artur Schnabel as soloist, was issued on CD by the Pearl label in 1995.[4]

The music director during the entire life of the Columbus Philharmonic was Izler Solomon. Solomon later became music director of the Indianapolis Symphony.[5]

In 1951, the Philharmonic's former concertmaster, George Hardesty, started the Columbus Little Symphony. From this group evolved the present Columbus Symphony Orchestra.


  1. ^ anon (December 22, 1946). "In the World of Music". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Parmenter, Ross (August 7, 1949). "WORLD OF MUSIC: ORCHESTRAS FOLD; Columbus and Portland Announce Cancellation Of 1949-50 Season". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Lohman, Sidney (November 18, 1945). "ONE THING AND ANOTHER; Met Opening to Be Broadcast in Full - NBC to Offer Symphony Series". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Piano Concerti 1-5". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Crutchfield, Will (December 22, 1987). "Izler Solomon, 77, an Orchestra Conductor". New York Times.