Boyce Lancaster

Classical Morning Host

Classical 101 Morning Announcer and Host of the Promusica Chamber Orchestra live broadcasts.

Boyce Lancaster is an award-winning radio producer who has spent the last 25 years exploring classical music at WOSU-FM. His productions have covered a wide range of topics: Ruby Elzy: Black Diva of the Thirties; Return to Camelot: Music in the Kennedy White House; the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra broadcasts; the Columbus Jazz Orchestra broadcasts; and many short features such as Fridays with George featuring CSO Associate Conductor Albert-George Schram. His interviews include conversations with musicians Hilary Hahn, Evelyn Glennie, Leslie Howard, Michael Feinstein, and Mark O’Connor; composers Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, Christopher Theofanidis, and John Rutter; and such luminaries as Tony Randall, Johnny Mathis and Henry Mancini.

He was a wrestler in high school; two of his favorite pastimes growing up involved horses…barrel-racing and pole-bending; he thinks chocolate needs a more prominent position in the food pyramid; he owns more cowboy boots than any other kind of footwear.

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I couldn't find my keys. The car wouldn't start. Traffic was backed up for miles. I had to work late.

If you or someone you know has used one or all of those excuses for being late or missing an event, conductor James Judd says, not good enough.

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Conducting is both art and science

Music can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. For many, that means earbuds and isolation during a commute, workout or taking a walk.

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Siberia. The word, alone, sends a shiver down your spine. Siberia has some of the coldest temperatures on earth. Recent temperature readings have hit 50 below. Makes Ohio seem downright balmy!

Northern climates are the inspiration for two concerts this weekend by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra featuring Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist Vadim Gluzman. In Northern Lights, Gluzman draws upon composers who hail from the Northern Hemisphere, who are, or were, accustomed to cold climates.

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Christmas mornings are special, and that's why I am so pleased to offer you a few Musical Christmas Gifts under your tree at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25 on Classical 101.

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I was at a conference years ago when some of my radio friends tried to convince me to sing karaoke. I've done a lot of things in front of a lot of people...taken pies to the face, introduced dingos and bearcats to zoo audiences before concerts, gone onstage with an alpaca...but there was NO WAY I was singing karaoke.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Lancaster Chorale, and soloists present Mozart's Requiem Nov. 4 and 5 at the Southern Theatre. Music Director David Danzmayr has teamed that work with Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra by Osvaldo Golijov, which makes for an intriguing combination.

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Columbus is blessed with a vibrant, exciting music scene. It is especially blessed with an amazing array of talented musicians and composers, "Locally Sourced" music making, if you will.

If you have never heard Zach Koors' music, you're in for a treat this Sunday at the Clintonville Woman's Club.

One writer described his music this way...

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra opened their 2017-2018 season Sunday evening, October 8th, with a familiar guest artist/composer, some familiar favorites, and something brand new.

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Some years ago, violinist Charles Weatherbee made a simple, but profound statement during an interview. Carpe Diem String Quartet was to perform at the Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus downtown.

When I asked him what had sparked the quartet's interest in the venue and in their adventurous programming, he said, "If we want people to step into our (classical music) world, we must be willing to step into theirs."

Adventurous programming and unusual venues are the norm for the musicians performing in this year's VIVO Music Festival, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

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Proposals to cut funding for the arts pop up in seemingly every federal budget discussion. A recent proposal suggested eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities completely.

Much to the relief of many, the House appropriations committee last week approved a bill to provide $145 million for each endowment in the 2018 budget. It's a slight reduction ($5 million each) but manageable, given the proposed alternative.

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Some of you may remember a television program called Name That Tune. Contestants would "bid" against each other for the opportunity to win cash by naming a tune within a few notes.

You've heard the line, "I can name that tune in three notes." One complicating factor was that the notes were played on a piano!

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame features over 2,500 stars, laid out along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street. The number of classical musicians included — and who's missing from the lineup — may surprise you.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closes its season this weekend with what they hope becomes a long-running tradition—music director David Danzmayr and creative partner and principal guest artist Vadim Gluzman on stage together.

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It was just a couple of seasons ago that composer-pianist Lera Auerbach teamed up with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 and her work Eterniday (Homage to W.A. Mozart) for Bass Drum, Celesta and Strings.

Auerbach returns to Columbus this weekend, again in the role of composer-performer, with a work commissioned by ProMusica: A Twofold Dream – Concerto grosso No. 5 after W.A. Mozart’s K. 299/297c and K. 315. This time, she is the soloist in her own composition.

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