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2013 Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter Chris Botti to Perform with the Columbus Symphony

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by Mark Subel on April 8, 2013

Conductor Albert-George Schram and the Columbus Symphony will present trumpeter Chris Botti, touring in support of his newest release, Impressions, winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Botti’s stellar parade of releases—starting with 2004’s When I Fall In Love and continuing with To Love Again, Italia, and the CD/DVD Chris Botti In Boston—have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist with several Grammy nominations and three #1 albums on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings.

The Columbus Symphony presents Chris Botti at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday, April 12, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$65 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office will also be open two hours prior to each performance. Young people between the ages of 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit www.GoFor5.com.

The 2012-13 Pops Series is made possible through the generous support of series sponsor AEP.

Botti seemed destined to become a musician almost from the very beginning. Born in Portland, Oregon, he was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, a concert pianist. He also had an early taste of the international world that would become his primary territory as a successful performing artist. His father, who is Italian, taught English and Italian languages, and he took the family to live in Italy for several years, beginning when Botti was in the first grade.

A different, but equally significant connection took place when Botti was 12, and heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.” The impact it had not only persuaded him to make a lifetime commitment to the trumpet, it also launched the affection for melody, space, and balance that have been intrinsic aspects of his musical vision.

After attending Indiana University, and studying with the highly regarded jazz educator David Baker, the great trumpet teacher Bill Adam, jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw, and jazz saxophonist George Coleman, he moved to New York in the mid-‘80s. His early career was spent crafting his skills in settings reaching from the Buddy Rich Big Band and Frank Sinatra to Natalie Cole and Joni Mitchell.

Throughout the ‘90s and into the new century, Botti played extensively with Paul Simon, and had an especially creative association with Sting. Those gigs – and those relationships – were powerful learning experiences.

Now a major artist in his own right, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.  With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

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The Columbus Symphony presents CHRIS BOTTI
Friday, April 12, 8pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
Conductor Albert-George Schram and the Columbus Symphony will present trumpeter Chris Botti, touring in support of his newest release, Impressions, winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Botti’s stellar parade of releases—starting with 2004’s When I Fall In Love and continuing with To Love Again, Italia, and the CD/DVD Chris Botti In Boston—have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist with several Grammy nominations and three #1 albums on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings. Tickets are $25-$65 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com

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