The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Ohio Theatre.

In Wednesday’s (1/31) WOSU Public Media (Columbus, OH), George Shillcock writes, “The Columbus Symphony is in the early stages of planning a new dedicated concert venue. The orchestra submitted a preliminary site plan to build a ‘Center of Music Innovation and Education’ on the Scioto Peninsula just south of COSI at West Bank Park. The symphony mostly performs at the Ohio Theatre downtown, but would have its own performance space under the plan. Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA) CEO Chad Whittington told WOSU … that the symphony is aiming to build a smaller venue with better acoustics. Whittington said the project could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. ‘Planning is around a 1,500-1,600 seat concert hall in downtown Columbus. That’s a much better fit from a size perspective than playing at the 2,800 seat Ohio Theatre,’ Whittington said…. CAPA took over administrative tasks for the symphony over a decade ago, but Whittington said the symphony’s board is mainly taking the lead on the project. The symphony declined to comment further on the project because it’s still early in the planning stages. ‘We want to make sure it is financially sustainable …’ Whittington said.