Classical 101 by Request with Christopher Purdy

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

Do you have a piece of music you’d love to hear on Classical 101 — either for yourself or to share with someone else? Every Friday afternoon, host Christopher Purdy plays listener requests from 1 to 3 p.m.

Request something from your favorite artist or composer, or a piece that has special associations for you. Just fill out the form below, and please tell us why you want to hear the music so Christopher can share your story with our listeners.

We may not be able to play every request, but we’ll accommodate as many as possible. Requests received by Wednesday will be considered for the following Friday’s show.

What do you want to hear on Classical 101?

The Leonard Bernstein Office Inc.

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.

Warner Classics

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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Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons

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

Tracey Nolan / Wikimedia Commons

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

black-and-white photo of soprano Birgit Nilsson in front of a mirror
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Born May 17, 1918, Birgit Nilsson was an extraordinary Swedish soprano.

HarperCollins Publishers

Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Chilean-born actress Felicia Montealegre, had three children: Jamie, Alexander and Nina. Montealegre died in 1978. Bernstein died in 1990, at the age of 72. 

Simon & Schuster

I knew of Eugene Drucker as a formidable violinist, and as a member of the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet. The Emersons have been established internationally for years. And they've long had a home on Classical 101.

Paola Kudacki / Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera presents a new production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon, screened live in HD at movie theaters worldwide at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

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