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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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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