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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Glass rods amplified by plastic balloons...an aluminum piano...a piano wheelbarrow...an inflatable banjo. These are just a few of the many pieces of art which defied the American definition of art as put forth by Agent Sam Lacher, who was at one time the Arts Section Director for the U.S. Customs Department.

Grieg's Greatest Hit?

May 21, 2009

I aired a performance of one of classical music's best-known works this morning: Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto.

The sound of jazz will echo within the walls of the Lincoln Theatre for the first time in some fifty years when Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Allstars perform there Thursday June 4th.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra introduced the new name of the Columbus Zoo's baby elephant, Beco, with a rousing performance of Henry Mancini's Baby Elephant Walk on Mother's Day. As you would expect, the large crowd at the zoo's amphitheater was made up largely of children who played with the zoo's mascots while awaiting the announcement.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing the guest artists for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's 30th Anniversary gala concert: Mark O'Connor and the Ahn Trio. It was as though I had stepped into a Star Trek transporter room and been beamed between two worlds. Mark O'Connor is a low-key, laid-back kind of guy.  He's easy to talk to and immediately puts you at ease. Then I stepped into the room with the Ahn Trio.

The story goes that Sergei Rachmaninoff had huge hands, so big that it makes playing his music quite difficult for those of us who don't have NBA-sized hands. At least one pianist has found the solution, but it takes timing and a bit of coordination. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w

As part of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Gala, I had the opportunity to speak with their guest artists Mark O'Connor and the Ahn Trio. O'Connor was commissioned by ProMusica to write a piece for the Ahn Trio: March of the Gypsy Fiddler. Mark also performed his Harmony for Violin and String Orchestra as part of the evening's festivities.

The fourth Johnstone Woodwind Master Series (JWMS) at The Ohio State University School of Music celebrates the oboe, and also welcomes Joseph Robinson, retired Principal Oboist of the New York Philharmonic and noted educator, as featured guest artist.

Christopher O’Riley is a classical pianist who studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has received awards at the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Busoni, and Montreal competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. O'Riley has made many recordings of classical music. including works of Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jean-Philippe Rameau, John Adams, Igor Stravinsky, and Alexander Scriabin.

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