Classical 101

Classical 101 is Central Ohio’s source for 'round-the-clock classical music. Our hosts provide insight into classical music news from Columbus and around the world.

Explore concert previews, book and record reviews, arts features and archived audio and video of local and visiting musicians. Listen your way through our podcast archives of Opera Abbreviated and the Mozart Minute for a deeper dive into the music we play.

Find our 2018 holiday specials schedule here.

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color photo of soprano Maria Callas, sitting and posing
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What is there left to say?

Enough to fill an engrossing new film, Maria by Callas, another examination of the life and career of Maria Callas, over 40 years after her death and more than 50 years past her final operatic performances. 

color photo of Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in performance

Imagine, if you can, Christmas without Christmas cookies, or bright lights, or Christmas music.

There’s a lot to like about the holidays – good food, gift-giving (and receiving!), time spent with friends and cherished family traditions. But one of the best things about the Christmas season is the music.

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Classical music radio listeners in Minnesota and around the country got a bit of sad news recently. John Zech, morning host on Minnesota Public Radio and producer of Composers Datebook (heard on Classical 101 and other stations), has announced he is stepping away from radio. 

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The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata will be screened live in cinemas worldwide at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Staged by Michael Mayer, the show features sets by Christine Jones and costumes by Susan Hilferty.

The Columbus International Children's Choir presents its annual winter concert – featuring students ages 4 to 18 in a wide-ranging musical program – at 6 p.m. this Sunday in Worthington United Methodist Church. I am privileged to be the emcee for the performance.

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Violinist Alexandra Soumm's website opens with a photo of her and this text: "Alexandra Soumm - Violinist & Humanitarian."

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“I think that he’s kind of like the grandfather of it all.”

That’s what pianist Simone Dinnerstein says about Bach, a composer for whose music she has a particular affinity.

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Birgit Nilsson was born 100 years ago, on May 17, 1918, at her parents’ farm in Sweden. By her death in 2005, Nilsson had long been considered the world’s preeminent soprano for the operas of Wagner and Strauss.

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There might be a few little girls in America who don't dream to dance in The Nutcracker. If so, I don't know who they are.

Do you love your visiting relatives but, after 24 hours, enough is enough and if they won’t leave, you will? The arts community in Columbus gives friends, foes and family many opportunities to escape into holiday beauty, passion, drama and fun.

Last December, I joined 500 souls for a walking tour of downtown Columbus churches, presented by our new friends at Columbus Landmarks. Along with the exercise, we enjoyed cookies, hot chocolate and tours of four magnificent churches, each presenting a brief concert highlighting their music programs.

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“I love, love, love to feed people,” Matt Swint said. “I don’t think that there’s anything cooler in the world.”

A classical string quartet covers a Guns N’ Roses hit.

Outlandish? Why, yes! But it happened right here in the Classical 101 studio yesterday afternoon, when Carpe Diem String Quartet stopped by on the eve of their first concert of the 2018-19 season – a season packed with a new concert series, a new performance home and a whole bunch of other new stuff to boot.

Courtesy of Adora Namigadde

WOSU News Reporter Adora Namigadde grew up savoring the traditional foods her Ugandan family prepared – including the lightly spiced Ugandan doughnut called mandazi. Namigadde says mandazi is at the heart of every family get-together. Seriously.