Classical 101 by Request with Christopher Purdy

Fridays from 1-3 p.m. on Classical 101

Every Friday at 1 p.m. host Christopher Purdy will play two hours of music requested by you, our listeners.

It could be one of your favorite classical pieces or something by a favorite classical composer or artist, either for yourself or someone else.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or to enjoy at work or play, all you have to do is fill out the form below. Please tell us why the song is important to you so Christopher can share that with our listeners.

While it may not be possible to play every request, we’ll try to accommodate as many as possible. Requests received by Wednesday evening will be on Friday’s show. We do ask you limit your request to once a month in order for us to include as many folks as possible. / Oxford University Press

If you go through life with a name like John Latouche, you'd better be talented.

Luckily, John Treville Latouche (1914-1956) was immensely talented. He made his name as the go-to guy for witty, biting lyrics, inspiring Duke Ellington, Jerome Moross, Vernon Duke and Leonard Bernstein.

Opera & Lyric Theatre / Ohio State University

Candide — a show with music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Lillian Hellman, lyrics by Richard Wilbur with help from John Latouche and Dorothy Parker, and based on Voltaire no less — opened on Broadway the night of Dec. 1, 1956.

color photo of conductor JoAnn Falletta conducting
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This week, I had the pleasure of talking with JoAnn Falletta. Music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony orchestras, Maestra Falletta is in Columbus to conduct the Columbus Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 in the Ohio Theatre.

Ken Howard / The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide, broadcast live from New York in HD to movie theaters worldwide at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

Say this title fast three times: Semiramide (She-mir-AH-mee-day).

Columbus Symphony

The Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus present Giuseppe Verdi's Aida at the Ohio Theatre, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Rossen Milanov conducts.

I'm delighted that two fine local artists are playing featured roles: Brian Banion (Ramfis) and Robert Kerr (Pharaoh) — not to mention the superb all-volunteer Columbus Symphony Chorus, conducted by Ronald Jenkins.

This production of Aida will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29 on Classical 101.

Ken Howard / The Metropolitan Opera

Opera Abbreviated is a Classical 101 podcast that previews The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series of performances beamed into cinemas worldwide.

The Met's new production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, everyone's favorite operatic potboiler, is the next feature, showing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. Staged by David McVicar, the production is conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and  Zelkjo Lucic.

color side profile photo of David Del Tredici at the piano

When I told composer David Del Tredici that I had taken one of his courses at Boston University in the 1970s, he asked, "Which one? Was it my course on lesbians and music? The Gamelan course?... Did you write a fugue for me?" (Yes, very badly.)

So began my recent phone conversation with a composer who has been working at the international level in music for over 50 years.

Among Del Tredici's career posts is a lifelong obsession with Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Said fascination has resulted in a number of large-scale works by the 80-year-old composer, including his mammoth Final Alice, An Alice Symphony, Adventures Underground and Child Alice. 

"In Memory of a Summer Day," part one of Child Alice, won the Pulitzer Prize in music in 1980.

Ohio State University

Concerts @ Ohio State, presenting performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music at Ohio State University, begins a new broadcast season at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.

These Sunday afternoon programs through March will be devoted to concerts performed in Weigel Hall and Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State's campus. Ensembles represented include the Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, Wind Symphony, Symphonic BandFlute Troupe and chamber music configurations from duets to small orchestras.

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My colleagues and I have each been asked to put together an hour of our favorite holiday music for broadcast during Christmas weekend.

I've never been any good at titles. Left to me, "The Great Gatsby" would have been called "Riding in Cars with Girls" or some such. I couldn't think of a title for Christopher Purdy's Christmas favorites — hmm, maybe that is a title — so Christmas with Christopher will have to do.

You're invited to share some time with me Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. I'll be playing an hour's worth of my favorites. Here, I'll tell you why some of these pieces are special to me.

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These new recordings have brought me a lot of pleasure over the past few months. May they do the same for you.

Here are a few gift suggestions for the lovers of classical music in your life. (The recordings are available as downloads and, merciful God, as CDs.)