Christopher Purdy

Classical Host

Host of Music in Mid-Ohio, Musica Sacra, Opera and More and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra live broadcasts. Christopher also hosts Classical 101 By Request every Friday from 1-3 p.m.

Christopher Purdy remains a New Englander at heart, with strong ties to Manhattan where he lived for many years. But he has strong Columbus ties: his late father-in-law, Wayne Rittenhouse, was the football coach of Central and Northland High Schools in Columbus. Christopher met his wife, Linda Rittenhouse, while they were both working at a food kitchen in New York City. They married in 1989; their daughter Kerry Megan was born in 1990. The family moved to Columbus in 1991. They are still adjusting to the Midwestern lifestyle. A city boy, Purdy maintains that he would be happy to cement over his entire yard spare me the lawn mower and the weeds!”

His favorite composers are Monteverdi and Bruckner. An accidental encounter with a beat-up recording of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the age of eight changed Purdy’s direction from law school or the priesthood to one of classical music and public broadcasting. He was so captivated by the cover art, that he took the recording home, popped it on his battery-operated kiddy record player  and his life changed forever. He still has the recording.

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Highlands Presbyterian Church on Smoky Row Road is the home of a vibrant worship community augmented by a concert series.

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Montserrat Caballe has died, and there are no more grand divas left.

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The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD presentations, beamed into cinemas worldwide, begins a new season Saturday, Oct. 6. Anna Netrebko stars in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.

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Two years ago, I heard a recording made by a young, Cuban-born pianist now living in Columbus.

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It's a torrid late-summer day as I type these lines. I equate the cooler weather and the longer evenings with opening nights!

Columbus looks forward to plenty of first nights in the next several weeks, as the new arts season begins.

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A number of years ago, two dedicated opera lovers — Julie Castrop and Heather Spence — built a new company called Opera Columbus around Alessandro Siciliani, then conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

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My OCD tendencies were satisfied when I decided to make this list of artists for whom 2018 is a significant anniversary.

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The next time you see a magpie in the sky, I hope you'll remember Four Saints in Three Acts.

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Between Maude Adams in 1905 and Mary Martin in 1954, there was Leonard Bernstein!

Adams lives in museums today and Martin on an enchanting TV film. Both are known for playing Peter Pan on Broadway.

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My point of entry for a love of vocal music, back when Mozart was alive, tended to be bloody, loud, flashy operatic melodrama.

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It wasn't as if Leonard Bernstein was looking for work.

By 1953, at the age of 35, Bernstein had already created two Broadway hits and had been on top of the conducting game since his last-minute debut with the New York Philharmonic (a broadcast, yet) 10 years earlier.

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On Oct. 22, 1983, the Metropolitan Opera threw an all-day bash celebrating its 100th birthday.

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When I was young and obnoxious, I had very little use for any music that approached large commercial success.

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Born May 17, 1918, Birgit Nilsson was an extraordinary Swedish soprano.

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