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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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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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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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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Over the years, many musicians have taken classical music into venues that seem a little out of character.

Cellist Zuill Bailey has performed more than once with Alaska's acclaimed Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s Orchestra, formed in 2003. On HBO's Oz, Bailey played a cellist who was serving a jail sentence, meaning Bach could be heard throughout the cell block.

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Upon discovering 2Cellos, you might be tempted to consider the duo a one-trick pony. They are well-known for performing powerful arrangements of songs by artists ranging from Michael Jackson, Avicii and Mumford & Sons to Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

But they play sold-out houses of all ages around the globe, and for good reason—they can flat-out play. I watched the duo's sound check when they were in Columbus and FELT their music as much as I heard it while standing in the BACK of the house.

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This morning the ProMusica String Quartet—violinists Heather Kufchak and Will Manley, violist Brett Allen and cellist Cora Kuyvenhoven—joined me on Classical 101 to chat about ProMusica's Saturday performance and to play highlights from a couple of the works on the program.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra offers an unusual instrument combination this weekend at the Worthington United Methodist Church. It's not often you hear a quintet made up of a bassoon and strings, but it works to great effect in this tasty program.

The string quartet—violinists Heather Kufchak and Will Manley, violist Brett Allen and cellist Cora Kuyvenhoven—will be on Classical 101 at 9 a.m. Friday to chat with me about the Saturday performance and to play highlights from two of the works on the program.

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According to the American Mathematical Society, music and mathematics speak similar languages.

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You probably have a friend like this: No matter how long it's been since you've gotten together last, you just pick up where you left off. It's as though you were never separated.

That is the scene as Vadim Gluzman, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's creative partner and principal guest artist, and Philippe Quint, his close friend and ProMusica's Soirée guest, walk into the Classical 101 studios earlier this week.

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With the upcoming Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 and the 59th annual Grammy Awards the following weekend, it seems a good time to discuss music.

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There are many tried-and-true music jokes. I will not tell any viola jokes, because they get picked on all the time. Ditto for the bassoons. How about this one?

How many sopranos does it take to change a light bulb?

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Here in Central Ohio, we are fortunate to hear the Mighty Morton theater organ on a regular basis. Clark Wilson is the current resident organist at the Ohio Theatre, where the organ has lived since the theater opened in 1928.

"Dance as though no one is watching" is a familiar encouragement to lower your inhibitions and let the music move you. But what if you can't even take two steps without tumbling to the ground?

Such was the case for Sarah Hansen, who, because of a progressive neurological disease, could barely put one foot in front of the other without support.

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Exciting, young violinist Alexandra Conunova makes her U.S. debut this weekend in her only scheduled 2017 engagement in this country, performing Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in d with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

When British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger died Jan. 3 at the age of 90, it was something of the end of an era. Journalist Ian Maleney wrote in The Irish Times of Berger's passing, saying:

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Pianist Martina Filjak was in Columbus for two performances with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra earlier this year to play the 2nd Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saens at the Southern Theatre. You can relive that amazing performance this Sunday on the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra radio broadcast on Classical 101.

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Live from the Factory Floor is a series of concerts given at the Steinway factory in New York. World renowned pianists of all stripes come to play in this intimate setting.

On the Steinway website, they paint the picture:

For decades, STEINWAY & SONS has cultivated special relationships with pianists from every genre. From Lang Lang to Diana Krall to Billy Joel to such STEINWAY IMMORTALS as Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein.

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This weekend is a busy one for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra AND Classical 101. ProMusica, The Lancaster Chorale and guest vocalists come together to celebrate the season with the sublime Christmas Oratorio,  written by Camille Saint-Saens when he was just twenty-three!

I asked Kathrin Danzmayr if the fact that the Christmas Oratorio is seldom performed gives her a bit more freedom of interpretation.

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It's a busy weekend at Classical 101 and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday and Sunday, ProMusica presents an Ohio premiere along with some classic favorites.

They say all good things must come to an end. This, however, is not an ending, but simply a transition.

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Madeline Adkins joined the Baltimore Symphony in 2000 as Assistant Concertmaster and was elevated to Associate Concertmaster in 2005 by then conductor Yuri Temirkanov. She has most recently been playing under Maestro Marin Alsop.

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Saturday, July 30th, is National Dance Day.  It's the brainchild of producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others, to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States.  National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by Lythgoe, who is co-creator of the television competition So You Think You Can Dance, and co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which he co-founded with Shankman in 2009.  

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There are certain TV shows that become so popular celebrities clamor to do cameos and guest appearances. Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Rebecca Romijn are just a few who made appearances on Friends. What does this have to do with Classical music, you ask?

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Some of those little quizzes that pop up on Facebook and elsewhere are for many a guilty pleasure. The ultimate Classical music quizGuess your Classical music IQCan we guess your favorite piece of Classical music?

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Some years ago, I was given the opportunity to interview composer John Williams. Well, I got to interview him, sort of.

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Most of us have seen art exhibits containing originals by the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso, and other acknowledged masters. Owning one is something most of us can only dream about.

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Musicians know the music they're playing very well, so why the heck do you need a conductor?

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame has over 2,500 stars laid out along 15 blocks of Hollywood Blvd and 3 blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. Out of those, not even 60 are classical musicians. Some who are NOT there will surprise you.

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