Classical 101

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Today is the last Monday in June and the last Classical 101 "Ohm" Monday of the series. For the occasion, we have once again teamed up with Yoga on High for a special yoga pose sequence complete with music that spans centuries. This "Ohm" Monday is all about time.

Siegfried Lauterwasser

In Classical music, where does the power lie?  Some would say those who control the purse strings run the show.  That is true, generally speaking.  Who wields the big stick, however?

Ah... a clue!

The conductor?


Yes, the conductor controls the overall sound of the orchestra.  The musicians do what the conductor asks.  (Is that laughter I hear?) According to some, however, for some 30 years, the most powerful person in Classical music was Ronald A. Wilford.


Christopher Purdy goes on air for Classical 101 nearly every day, but what does the opera-loving host do in his "free" time? Well, he directs operas, of course.

The next Fretworks program on Classical 101 will include Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's popular Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 arranged for 3 guitars and performed by the Netherlands Guitar Trio.  The Morning Mood sounds pretty chipper with three guitars, and In the Hall of the Mountain King sounds like a jamboree.

image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be," said  Polonius dispensed to his young adult son, Laertes, in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Personalities being what they are, Mozart was apparently a borrower.

In 1788, not long after coming into a small inheritance from his father, and even as The Marriage of FigaroThe Abduction from the Seraglio and Don Giovanni were enjoying great success around Europe, Mozart's finances were floundering.

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition is in full swing in Moscow, with the names of the pianists advancing to the second round having been announced.  When Van Cliburn won the very first one in 1958, he turned the music world upside down, becoming the only classical musician to ever receive a ticker tape parade in New York City.  Here he is on his return engagement in 1962.

The next Classical Showcase on Friday evening at 7 on Classical 101, will present two great works: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich.  

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A new live concert recording of Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor will be presented  this evening on the next Symphony @ 7 .  It was the concluding performance of A Celebration of Peace Through Music which took place on May 5 of last year at Washington D. C.'s Constitution Hall.

Opera Project Columbus

According to writer Thomas C. Wolfe, you can't go home again.

As far as Maestro Alessandro Siciliani is concerned, he IS home.

Yoga on High

Yesterday, millions of yogis celebrated the first International Yoga Day so today's "Ohm" Monday is a special collaboration with the teachers at Yoga on High.

These professional yogis have made a special Classical 101 Energizing Sequence for you to download and practice along with a dynamic playlist. Let's enjoy this beautiful "Ohm" Monday!

Christopher McLallen

Twenty years ago, the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos released an album which rocketed to the top of the charts.  Chant was an instant, and enduring, hit.  It has sold over 6,000,000 copies. and Alan Warburton

You may have seen a few of these videos floating around Facebook. Various artists have been using everything from 3D animations to actual light installations in art galleries to cue up Baroque and Classical music to visually-stimulating displays that are nothing short of mesmerizing.

Columbus International Children's Choir in concert.
Columbus International Children's Choir

The Columbus International Children's Choir, conducted by Tatiana Kats, travels to New York next week for a performance in Carnegie Hall on June 27.  

image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

His genius secured his immortality despite his untimely death. His Requiem - ironically unfinished at his death - he believed he was composing for his own funeral.

Mozart may have been pursued by intimations of his own mortality, but he wasn't haunted by the idea of death. However, the death of his father, Leopold Mozart, may well have been a different story.

John Eliot Gardiner conducting at Carnegie Hall in 2012.
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Claudio Montiverdi's Vespers of 1610 will be the next musical offering presented on the "Carnegie Hall Live" series on Classical Showcase Friday evening at 7 on Classical 101.  


This Saturday on Fretworks, I'll have, "Music from the Time of Cervantes," with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet from their new CD, New Renaissance. The selections, arranged by William Kanengiser, are mostly by anonymous 15 th to 17 th century Spanish composers, but the CD also includes pieces by Diego Pisador, Luys de Navarez, and Antonio Martin y Call.


You might think that after the disastrous premier of his First Symphony in 1897, Sergei Rachmaninoff could have given up writing symphonies for good.  The great Russian pianist and composer went into a nearly three year long depression that ended only after the intervention of psychological counseling, which resulted in his popular Second Piano Concerto in 1901.  

Fortunately for us, Rachmaninoff also wrote two more symphonies.  On the tonight's Symphony @ 7, I'll have the well-received and popular Symphony No. 2 in E Minor from 1908.

When I was growing up, I played a lot of baseball.  Inevitably, games would sometimes get rained out.  Outdoor concerts suffer the same consequences, though many go on "rain or shine," because the musicians are under cover.  Pity the poor concertgoers, who are not.  It is the risk you take with outdoor performances and sports.

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If you think Wagner's operas were too long and feared you might fall asleep in the middle of Die Meistersinger, how about an eight hour lullaby?  As reported by Reuters, British composer Max Richter has written the longest piece of classical music ever recorded, and it's meant to put you to sleep, literally.  In fact it's called "SLEEP."

Silohette of a person catching the sun in from of a body of water.
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Be sure to join Classical 101 this weekend for some special music to celebrate the first day of summer and Father's Day.

Elephants at the Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium sway to music being played by two violinists.
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We know music can soothe our souls and lift our spirits, but is there something universally appealing about music that resonates beyond our own species?

In the mid 90s, the music industry began to slowly dismantle itself.  In a business version of "death by a thousand cuts," recording industry executives ignored the approaching digital tsunami, because it was sunny and calm at the beach.

Ronald A. Wilford, the President and CEO of Columbia Artists Management (CAMI), died on Saturday at  the age of 87.

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Back in 2013, University of Oregon School of Music professor and researcher Dr. Frank Diaz asked 132 students to participate in a study which analyzed the affects of engaging in 15 minutes of, "mindful meditation," before listening to 10 minutes of music, opera specifically. The results showed a sort of natural behavioral modification that allowed the students to better focus on the music.

So for today's "Ohm" Monday, we are getting mindful with our music and our yoga mats.

It's been a little over a year since Columbus pianist, professor and composer Mark Flugge passed away. I sat down last week with his beloved daughter, Erika Flugge, and his brilliant wife, Lisa Jelle, to talk about this upcoming Sunday's memorial concert.

They made it abundantly clear how his students, friends and fellow musicians can best remember Mark; by sharing his music and his legacy.

Ray LaVoie Photography

Brittany. Michael, Melody and Ken!

These are a few of the good folks whose requests will be played on Classical 101 By Request when we take it on the road, to The Columbus Arts Festival, tomorrow from 1-3 p.m.

photo of Richard Smoot sitting at piano with music scores on the ledger
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In more than three decades composing new music, Richard Jordan Smoot has seen contemporary music embrace every possible mode of expression and medium of presentation. And he hasn't just witnessed this profusion of creativity, he has contributed to it with original scores ranging from all-out electronic music to tonally based music for orchestra and chamber ensembles to full-scale multimedia projects.

"I guess I'd say my aesthetic is like the Wild West," Smoot said in a recent interview.

Jason Vieaux plays Johan Sebastian Bach's Lute Suite in E Minor in a transcription for guitar on the next Fretworks.  

This evening on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101, I'll have a new release of John Eliot Gardiner conducting his Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra on period instruments in a live concert performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D.