614 Magazine published a feature article this month about my return to Columbus and the Every Wednesday Concert Series I started at Dick’s Den. I’d like to express my thanks to the writer, Mark Lucas, for doing a great job with some very sensitive issues. In this post I’ve included the article along with some corrections and additions.
Virtuoso, ex-con, Columbus’ prodigal son
By Mark J. Lucas
Christian Howes’ violin catapulted him to youthful success, provided him solace in the most miserable of conditions, and brought him into the close company of one of the most famous musicians in America. Now he is offering his talent to Columbus, once again.
At age sixteen, Christian Howes was on his way to early fame, one of the youngest professional musicians in the country, (I’m not sure what he means by “one of the youngest professional musicians in the country”, although it may have been a reference to the fact that at age 18 I was hired on as a full-time member of Pro Musica, Columbus’ s professional chamber orchestra) a prodigy playing violin with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (As a result of winning the CSO young musician’s competition, I peformed the Mendelsohnn Violin Concerto in E minor, first movmt, with the CSO when I was 16; The concert was given at Fort Hayes Auditorium). A few years later, he was serving out a four-year prison sentence for trafficking LSD.