Jennifer Hambrick

Classical Midday Announcer

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the recipient of both the Eastman School’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate and a Fulbright grant for advanced study in London, England.

As a writer and radio producer, Jennifer has interviewed some of the world’s most fascinating people, including Nobel Peace Prize-winning authors, Wolfe Prize-winning mathematicians and many of the world’s foremost classical musicians. Her feature writing has appeared in numerous publications across the country, as well as on WOSU Radio and, and has garnered national awards. An award-winning poet, Jennifer’s poetry has also been honored with nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Ohioana Book Award.

Jennifer enjoys seeking out adventures in good food and healthy living, digging deep in her garden and savoring good times with family.

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Musical Fathers

Jun 19, 2009

This Sunday is Father's Day.  There are lots of musical dads out there - famous and not so famous. Leopold Mozart was, and even today still is, one of the most famous musical fathers.  In fact, he might not have been famous at all had he not been dad to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The judges of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have selected the competition's first blind pianist as a gold medalist.  I say as "a" gold medalist, because Japan's Nobuyuki Tsujii shares the honor with China's Haochen Zhang.  These players were the youngest contestants.

ADAM - TWO AUDIO PIECES Pianists have flocked to Fort Worth like swallows to Capistrano.  Nearly everywhere, it seems, the ivories are being tickled.  Tensions are running high in the desert. Must be time for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

ADAM - TWO AUDIO PIECES This year is the fiftieth birthday of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  As you might imagine, the museum is mounting an exhibition in celebration of the work of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who died at the age of 92 six months before it opened.

HAS AUDIO PIECE   I ran across a recording of Eric Whitacre and David Noroña's What If today.

Every fall and spring day after school the girls walked downtown together to their perch atop the hillock on the lawn of the government building across the street from the theater.  As they walked, they'd chat about the day’s events, which boy was cute and which wasn't, why they soooooo hated Mr.

There is a belief out there that you've gotta have maximum talent to make it to the top. Hogwash. What you really need is the flow.

Daron Hagen’s opera Shining Brow rehashes the story of the most sordid episode in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The opera’s world-premiere recording, released this year, took me back into one of my great passions—American architecture—and made me wonder why I want to hear Wright’s tragic story yet again.

I have now officially seen it all. Do you know Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the piece that’s used to conjure vampires and other spookiness on t.v.

I like oddities, those novelties that surprise and delight.  The world of classical music has many oddities, but one new addition to the fold recently crossed my desk here at WOSU and—as oddities often do—piqued my curiosity.  Sigiswald Kuijken, the middle of the three Kuijken brothers who for decades now have borne the standard for historically informed performance, has released a