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Giving GREAT MUSIC to Columbus

since 1979

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Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra was founded in February 1979 by a group of amateur musicians who wanted to play chamber music. We have since grown from our initial chamber size to a full-blown symphony orchestra, and our repertoire has expanded accordingly. Membership is open to musicians in Central Ohio with a desire to create great music. MCO has enjoyed a succession of professional conductors. Our first was Timothy Russell—now emeritus conductor of ProMusica of Columbus. Since 2001 we have been under the baton of Luis Biava.

Funded primarily through dues from members, the orchestra gratefully accepts donations.


Luis Biava has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra since 2001.

Maestro Biava serves as principal cellist with the Columbus Symphony, and is also the Music Director and Conductor of the New Albany Symphony. 

He has studied conducting with David Zinman and Murray Sidlin, as well as cello performance with Leonard Rose (among many others).

Whether on the podium, performing as a soloist, section or chamber musician, Luis' charm, dynamism, patience, humor and intellect always shine through in his vibrant and brilliant performances.

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All of our concerts are free to the public, and held at Ascension Lutheran Church

1479 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH 43229

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Leaning Forward

It's a time travel snapshot from the heart of classical music to open MCO's 43rd season! Boyce, Rossini, Wagner and Dvorak each wrote music that was beyond the norms of their time. Enjoy the Journey!

Boyce: Symphony No. 1 in Bb Major

Rossini: Overture to "La Cenerentola"

Wagner: Prelude to Act III of "Meistersinger"

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in d minor

Luis Biava, Conductor

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A Night at the Opera!

If you're expecting the Marx Brothers, you'll be disappointed!

 But if you love Puccini's Madama Butterfly (and who doesn't?) you're in for a fabulous treat! Rameau and Vaughn Williams round out this exceptional evening of music!

Rameau: Overture to "Castor and Pollux"

Vaughn Williams: Suite for Viola and Orchestra

Puccini: Selections from "Madama Butterfly"

Luis Biava, Conductor

Lois Seward, Viola

Chelsea Hart, Soprano

Carolyn Redman, Mezzo Soprano

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 A View from Two Bridges

Beethoven's 8th and the Sibelius Violin Concerto will bring this season to a close on a very high note! Both of these works reflect on the composers roots, while hinting at times yet to be.

Mark your calendar and


Ariane Sletner on violin!

Beethoven: Symphony #8 in F Major

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d minor

Luis Biava, Conductor

Ariane Sletner, Violin


Comment? Question? 

OR are you interested in playing in the orchestra? Either way, We'd LOVE to hear from you!

Feel free to use the form on the right to give us any feedback!

If you are a musician interested in making great music with us, please tell us what instrument you play, and a bit about your experience! You can also email us directly at:

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Our home! Ascension Lutheran Church
1479 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229


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