Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops Announces 2013 Season


Hello All!

Now that summer is approaching, it is time to start making plans for you and your family to be entertained! As always, Picnic with the Pops is sure to be a fantastic opportunity for one and all to be entertained! Thanks to Nationwide Insurance, this year is lining up to be SPECTACULAR! Check out the schedule, I know I will be heading out to a lot of them! I hope to see all of you take advantage of what our wonderful city of Columbus has to offer!!


Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops Announces 2013 Season

All programs and artists are subject to change.


The Columbus Symphony today announced the 2013 season lineup for its two annual summer outdoor concert series—the Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.
Chaka Khan

Friday, June 14
During her 40-year career, Chaka Khan has become a music legend, influencing generations of artists in a variety of music genres with hits such as “Tell Me Something Good,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “Clouds,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for You.” Her 22 albums have  earned ten Grammy Awards, 22 Grammy nominations, ten #1 Billboard singles, seven RIAA certified gold singles, and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, including Ask RufusI Feel for You, and  ChakaKhan_creditDerekBlanksLR

Richard Marx

Saturday, June 15
Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, scored 14 chart-topping singles, and as a songwriter, earned a Grammy for song of the year. His self-titled debut went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights.” The follow-up album was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.



Pink Martini

Saturday, June 22

Somewhere between a ‘30s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical and chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band, and Japanese film noir soundtrack is the 12-piece, Oregon-based “little orchestra” known the world over as Pink Martini. Featuring 10-12 musicians, the group has brought their multilingual repertoire to audiences far and wide, extensively touring the US, Europe, and Far East.
Patriotic Pops

Saturday, June 29
Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor

Columbus’ grand summer tradition continues as the Columbus Symphony celebrates the Fourth of July. Wave the flag, clap your hands, and stomp your feet to patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and other favorites. The evening is topped off with a brilliant fireworks display.



Saturday, July 6

In 2013, Kansas celebrates the 40th birthday of its career which has produced eight Gold albums, three sextuple Platinum albums, one platinum live album, and a million-selling Gold single, “Dust in the Wind.”Kansas will join the CSO for a live performance of that song and other hits such as “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return.”
Natalie Merchant

Saturday, July 13

Over her 30-year career, Natalie Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists. As lead vocalist and lyricist of pop music band 10,000 Maniacs, she released two platinum and four gold records. With her latest and highly acclaimed solo recording entitled, Leave Your Sleep, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, she embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.

The Music of Queen — A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular

Saturday, July 20

Featuring a full rock band, stars from London’s West End smash hit musical We Will Rock You, and your Columbus Symphony, The Music of Queen – A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular brings you epic arrangements of the music of British supergroup Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” “Who Wants to Live Forever,” “Killer Queen,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” “I Want It All,” and many more.


The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27
Albert-George Schram & Jonathan Waters, conductors

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!


Tickets are on sale now, and are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at or, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.). Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.


Central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations will offer Picnic with the Pops tickets at a discounted price of $20 for adults. The $8 children’s tickets are also available for purchase at these locations.


Picnic with the Pops Lawn Coupon Books are available for $180. The book of ten, non-date specific tickets can be used in any combination for any of the 2013 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops concerts. Lawn Coupon Books must be purchased from the CAPA Ticket Center before July 2, and will not be available at the gate or Kroger locations.


Reserved Seating

Center stage tables are available for purchase at each concert. Tables are sold in parties of 8 or 10, and range from $320-$850. Single table seats can be purchased in any quantity and are $30-$85 per seat. Catering is not included. Table seats can be purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at, or in person at any central Ohio Kroger location or the CAPA Ticket Center.


Food & Beverage Policy

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. Beer and wine are permitted on-site for Picnic concerts only.


Group Discount

A group discount is available for parties of 10 or more. Call 614.228.8600 (ext. 2) for more information.


Sing, dance, and monkey around with the Columbus Symphony at two special family concerts recommended for children ages 3-12. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatibles and open play activities.


All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 5 pm. Pre-concert activities will be available from 5:00 to 6:45 pm. Concerts begin at 7 pm and run for approximately one hour.
First Day of Summer Party

Friday, June 21

Albert-George Schram, conductor
Broadway for Kids
Friday, July 19
Albert-George Schram, conductor
Tickets go on sale May 1, and are $8 for both children and adults. They can be purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at or, or in person at the CAPATicket Center (39 E. State St.), central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations, or central Ohio Graeter’s locations. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the night of the show. Children 2 and under are free.


Food & Beverage Policy

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors.


All programs and artists are subject to change.



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