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Philanthropy Friday: Jazz Moves Us. Jazz Moves Columbus

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation Philanthropy Friday: Jazz Moves Us. Jazz Moves Columbus
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BalletMet dancers rehearse for Jazz Moves Columbus.

The versatility of BalletMet dancers is going to be amplified by the virtuosic sounds of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for stunning results when Jazz Moves Columbus gets underway at the Capitol Theatre on February 2.

The groundbreaking collaboration that is Jazz Moves Columbus also brings in WOSU this year to highlight the history and future of Columbus through powerful images, from their Columbus Neighborhoods series, shown between sections of the performance in celebration of Columbus’ bicentennial.

The Columbus Foundation supported this smart and open collaboration with one of its Bicentennial Grants that are focused on supporting the future of our city.

“I’ve been amazed at the philanthropic nature of Columbus, that when the community sees the need for a project like this, whether it’s Mid-Ohio Foodbank or an artistic project where people can really move the city and elevate it’s spirit and celebrate what it is though art. That’s the commonality that we can all bring together,” Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra said.

The amazing versatility of both the BalletMet dancers and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be on display during the February performances.

Those lucky enough to get a seat for Jazz Moves Columbus will likely need the more reflective moments of imagery between all the grooving in their seats that organizers promise they won’t be able to avoid.

Some of the dances in Jazz Moves Columbus will involve the entire company while others will be much smaller.

“You’re going to snap your fingers. You’re going to feel energy from the stage. A lot of people are going to come back to see it again,” Gerard Charles, BalletMet artistic director said.

Six cutting-edge choreographers from Broadway to Columbus have actualized their visions with the world-renowned talents of BalletMet in order to maximize the potential of this inspiring collaboration.

“From the actual show taking place, it already shows that we’re (Columbus) creative and open. Audiences will certainly find this piece to be responsive to them and their thoughts,” Charles said.

Watch the BalletMet dancers rehearse and learn more about the show in the short video below.

Jazz Moves Columbus will be presented Feb. 2-12 at the Capitol Theatre. You can access all the details HERE. Also, don’t miss the chance see the creative process in action at a free open rehearsal with BalletMet dancers on January 20 at 5 p.m. at the BalletMet Performance Space.

More information about local nonprofits is available 24/7 through the Foundation’s online resource, PowerPhilanthropy, which is available to everyone who wants to be more informed about the nonprofits they care about. PowerPhilanthropy makes it easy to donate to the causes you care about at http://columbusfoundation.org/p2/

Philanthropy Friday is a feature series produced by The Columbus Foundation that highlights Columbus area nonprofit organizations. For more nonprofit information, follow us on Twitter at @colsfoundation and like The Columbus Foundation on Facebook.

Learn more about BalletMet through their PowerPhilanthropy portrait and also on their website.

Learn more about the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Arts Group through their PowerPhilanthropy portrait and also on their website.

Learn more about WOSU Public Media and their Columbus Neighborhoods project through their PowerPhilanthropy portrait and also on their website.

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