Charles Wetherbee Sunday, Feb 25 2007 

Chas, as he is affectionately known to local fans and concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony since 1994, was the featured soloist in not one but two pieces Friday evening. Junichi Hirokami, the Symphony’s new music director, conducted this concert which started with the Requiem by Takemitsu. Wetherbee’s first solo, including dialog with an oboe, was the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Opus 61. After the intermission, he played Tzigane by Ravel. The finale, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Opus 10, was especially entertaining.

Ted Kooser Saturday, Feb 24 2007 

Ted Kooser’s poetry highlights everyday experiences with colorful metaphors and surprise endings. His positive, optimistic outlook is refreshing. Ted spent his days working in the life insurance industry, his private life writing poetry. Located in Nebraska, his midwest voice has now been recognized in very special ways: U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress 2004-2006; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Delights and Shadows. It was a pleasure to hear him read his poetry.