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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This Friday or Saturday evening, you can hear Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony at the Southern Theatre, performed by the Columbus Symphony and conducted by Rossen Milanov, and then take a guided nature walk on Sunday afternoon.

Violinist and composer Caroline Shaw, whose composition Lo will also be performed at the concerts, will lead the Beethoven-inspired nature walk beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, just south of downtown Columbus.

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This fall on Symphony @ 7, Thursday evenings on Classical 101, I'm presenting all nine Beethoven symphonies (one each week), culminating with the Choral Symphony at the end of November.

To round out the hour, I'm also featuring some of Beethoven's contemporaries — composers who were relevant to Beethoven and his music: Ignaz Pleyel, Muzio Clementi, Johann Hummel, Luigi Cherubini and, of course, Haydn and Mozart.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra Facebook page

With the Columbus Foundation's annual Big Give campaign this week, encouraging and amplifying gifts to area nonprofits, it's good to acknowledge the riches all of us enjoy not only on the football field, but in local concert halls, theaters and galleries.

If you love music and you live in the Columbus area, you won't have to go far to enjoy some incredible performances this weekend.

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I know you're all about classical. But I’m guessing that you might be at least a little bit funky, too.

Good thing, then, there’s Black Violin — the classically trained violin-viola duo who blend classical and hip-hop music to create a sound that’s equal parts Bach and backbeat.

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The 2017 Franz Liszt Festival & International Competition comes to the School of Music at Ohio State University, Oct. 13 to 15. All programs, including the competitions rounds, opening concert and final winners' performances, are free and open to the public.

What does it take to be an opera superstar? Jonas Kaufmann should know. He's been called "the world's greatest tenor."

Kaufmann has the voice. He's also got the onstage charisma, the movie-star good looks, the ambition, even a little controversy — and a brand new album.

VENESSA MENEREY

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra opened their 2017-2018 season Sunday evening, October 8th, with a familiar guest artist/composer, some familiar favorites, and something brand new.

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Star Wars: A New Hope, the 1977 George Lucas film that began a whole new era of outer space swashbucklers, will be shown Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Ohio Theatre. There's nothing necessarily unusual about the screening in itself, since Star Wars is a bona fide classic. What is perhaps not so common is that the Columbus Symphony will perform the film score live along with the movie.

Baroque Cellist Juliana Soltis
Teresa Tam Studio

There was a time and a place when the cello was the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments — it got no respect.

That time was the 1700s, and the place was France, where the cello occupied a lowly place in the minds of many. In fact, one writer of the time went so far as to call the instrument “a miserable canker, wretch and poor Devil.”

Things looked pretty bleak indeed for the cello, until one great artist pulled it up from the abyss, altering the course of the instrument’s history forever.

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Julie Payette, a former member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir who became an astronaut, is now the next Governor General of Canada. The Governor General of Canada is a largely ceremonial position, but an important one as the representative of the Queen in Canada.

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