Classical 101

Classical 101 is the only classical music station in Central Ohio. The Classical 101 hosts provide insight into classical music news from Columbus and around the world. 

We also present a series of podcasts as well as archived audio from musicians who perform live in our studio

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It’s one of those great ironies that international harp soloist Bridget Kibbey might not be the rising star she is today had she not grown up in Ohio.

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The most-loved of all guitar concertos has at its heart, music of great beauty and haunting emotions; sadness, regret and resignation are at the core of the second movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.  Surrounded by two shorter, happier, lighter and lively movements, the emotional impact of the Adagio is all the greater in this magnificent work for guitar and orchestra from 1939.

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Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

They say all good things must come to an end. This, however, is not an ending, but simply a transition.

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Complete with the seemingly required bari-hunk pictures, my hometown does opera proud by declaring "Forty Days of Opera" on behalf of the Boston Lyric Opera. This dovetails nicely with BLO's fortieth anniversary season.

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I remember the days of rushing out the door for school; the missing socks, the lukewarm oatmeal, and the flurry of homework scattered across the dining room table. We've all been there. 

With that scholarly scramble in mind, I've got a few stand-by musical selections to calm your nerves, cool your coffee, and even help improve your students' test scores. It's a Back to School playlist with Classical 101.

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After all of the featured performers of this year’s VIVO Music Festival arrive in Columbus later this month – after the performance venues have thrown open their doors, the tickets have been bought and the audiences have gathered – violist, composer and VIVO Music Festival co-artistic director John Stulz won’t be there.

At least, not in the traditional sense.

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Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

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"...That each whisper of wind moved to mute song & singing make a world of silence." 

The words of playwrite and poet August Wilson have a certain sorcery to them; the power and freedom of sharing ones' story. With this as inspiration, Dr. Mark Lomax, II has married Wilson's gifted narratives to music for tomorrow night's premiere Blues in August.

Opera News

OPERA NEWS magazine, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, celebrates its eightieth anniversary in 2016. So, I had a conversation with Opera News Editor-in-Chief  F. Paul Driscoll to discuss the occasion.

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Charlemagne did it. So did Jimi Hendrix, Cary Grant and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

What, exactly, did these wildly disparate souls have in common?

They all wrote with their left hands.

Of course, lefties have been around since the proverbial cavemen and -women drew left-handed on cave walls. But to an avowed righty like me, southpaws still carry a certain mystique. What marvel of genetics makes 10 percent of the population use their left hands, instead of their right, to reach for cookies in the cookie jar, pie in the sky and jam on the lower shelf?

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Winona Ryder is back, Netflix has created the spookiest version of Twin Peaks meets the Goonies you could ever imagine, and what's even better?

The music.

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Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

David Bromberg is best known as a guitar virtuoso, who has collaborated with Bob Dylan and George Harrison and fronted his own band. But he's also a collector of American violins, and his collection is such that the Library of Congress has announced its intention to acquire it.

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Friday evening, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will begin with an opening ceremony that will undoubtedly be colorful and dazzling with dancing and wonderful music.  There's sure to be choro, samba, bossa nova, and other popular music forms, but I hope there is also a nod to classical music with something by Heitor Villa-Lobos, the best-known Brazilian composer to blend classical and native Brazilian themes, as in his Bachianas brasileiras

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Madeline Adkins joined the Baltimore Symphony in 2000 as Assistant Concertmaster and was elevated to Associate Concertmaster in 2005 by then conductor Yuri Temirkanov. She has most recently been playing under Maestro Marin Alsop.

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Classical 101 has insightful musical programming 24-hours a day, every day. So, tune in for weekend selections like Music in Mid-Ohio to hear musicians from our community, or check out the weekday evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound to hear the best music for guitar with John Rittmeyer, or Jennifer Hambrick's take on American composition.

Whether it's Classical, Baroque, Modern or Romantic; on Classical 101, it's bound to be a classic.

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The 1984 Olympic anthem composed by John Williams has become synonymous with the image of the modern Olympics, and for good reason. But what about the other anthems such as the classic Bugler's Dream by Léo Arnaud, or Vangelis's theme from Chariots of Fire? The history of music composed for the Olympics is actually a bit more winding than people realize. 

Slowly but surely, Lubomyr Melnyk is getting noticed. This summer, the enigmatic Ukrainian-born pianist, who looks like Rasputin's doppelgänger, released illirion on Sony Classical.

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Sixty years later, Deborah Kerr still gets the glamor, but the singing voice in this iconic clip belongs not to her, but to California born soprano Marni Nixon who died July 24 at the age of 86:

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Saturday, July 30th, is National Dance Day.  It's the brainchild of producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others, to support, improve and increase access to dance education in the United States.  National Dance Day was launched in 2010 by Lythgoe, who is co-creator of the television competition So You Think You Can Dance, and co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which he co-founded with Shankman in 2009.  

Imagine violin students being able to go into a musical instrument museum and pick up and play a fine Amati, Guarneri del Gesu, or a Stradivarius--just to try it out to get the feel of it, or to see which one they like best?

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What on earth do Placido Domingo and the Pet Shop Boys have to do with the the International Champion's Cup football, er... I mean "soccer" match in Columbus this week? More than you might think.

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There are certain TV shows that become so popular celebrities clamor to do cameos and guest appearances. Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Rebecca Romijn are just a few who made appearances on Friends. What does this have to do with Classical music, you ask?

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Classical 101 has insightful musical programming 24-hours a day, every day. So, tune in for weekend selections like Music in Mid-Ohio to hear musicians from our community, or check out the weekday evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound to hear the best music for guitar with John Rittmeyer, or Jennifer Hambrick's take on American composition.

Whether it's Classical, Baroque, Modern or Romantic; on Classical 101, it's bound to be a classic.

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Some of those little quizzes that pop up on Facebook and elsewhere are for many a guilty pleasure. The ultimate Classical music quizGuess your Classical music IQCan we guess your favorite piece of Classical music?

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On today's date in 1938, the ballet Nobilissima Visione was premiered in London by the Ballet de Monte Carlo.  German composer Paul Hindemith had visited the church of Santa Croce in Florence a couple of years earlier and was deeply impressed by the frescoes of Giotto depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  After meeting the choreographer Leonide Massine, Hindemith suggested they collaborate on a ballet inspired by St. Francis.

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Not even in the most far-fetched opera could anyone invent Florence Foster Jenkins. The only diva unafraid to play this vocal phenomenon, this leading light of musical society in the 1920s, is a diva known more for her acting chops and stunning looks than for an ability to sing Norma or Tosca; Meryl Streep.

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My late father was an amateur big-band style singer with what used to be called a "Whiskey Tenor" type voice. One of his great hits was a World War II era ditty called that went: They were doin' the mambo....what the heck is the mambo?

They really did sing heck rather than anything saltier on those U.S.O. tours seventy years ago.

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Some years ago, I was given the opportunity to interview composer John Williams. Well, I got to interview him, sort of.

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