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date: 15 November 2019


  • Jay Weitz


Capital city of Ohio (pop. 787,033; metropolitan area, 1,773,120; 2010 US Census), founded in 1812.

Among the first Columbus musical organizations to have left a record, the Handel Society, a choral organization, was founded in 1821 and survived to around 1830. The Haydn Society, formed in 1824, is known to have performed a concert on 6 February 1825, commemorating the authorization of the Ohio Canal from Cleveland to Portsmouth, including a Columbus branch. Organized in 1832, the Franklin Harmonic Society devoted itself to both vocal and instrumental music, remaining active through at least 1838.

The oldest surviving musical organization is the Columbus Maennerchor, founded on 24 October 1848 and claiming to be the oldest continuously operating German singing society in North America. It gave birth to the Columbus Damenchor in 1931 and the Columbus Kinderchor in 1969. The Columbus Liederkranz thrived from 1866 to 1926. Herman Eckhardt, involved in both the Maennerchor and the Liederkranz, founded Eckhardt’s String Quartet in ...

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