Classical 101

Joe Panzner

This Sunday, I will be joining thirteen musicians in Kerns Chapel at Capital University for a presentation of composer Michael Pisaro's work, The rain of alphabets.

Dr. Joe Panzner, adjunct-professor of Music at Capital University invited friends and students to join the performing ensemble this week, and I decided it was time to add a new dimension to my repertoire. 

color photogaph of violinists Siwoo Kim and Alicia Hui, and violist jack Stulz standing up and playing chamber music at a Short North art gallery
Soogie Choi / (Siwoo Kim/VIVO Music Festival)

Ecstatic collaboration, community, passion. These are the key ingredients of the VIVO Music Festival, which is scheduled in August to become the newest addition to Columbus' classical music scene.


The next Fretworks program this Saturday evening at 7, will have two works originally written for the mandolin performed by Austrian guitarist Konrad Ragossnig.  He'll be accompanied by his son Thomas on the harpsichord for Andante and Variations in D by Beethoven, composed around 1796 but not published during his lifetime.  The Concerto in D minor for lute by Johann Friedrich Fasch, a contemporary of J. S. Bach, features Ragossnig in a transcription for guitar and orchestra.

The Springfield Symphony performs Mahler's Symphony no., 2 this Saturday night at 8 in the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

Peter Stafford Wilson conducts, with the Springfield Symphony Chorale, Jennifer Araya, soprano and Elise Des Champs, mezzo soprano. My pre-concert talk will be from the stage at 7:15.

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This Thursday, Classical 101 kicks off a two day on-air fundraising event. Generally these Fund Drives get a bit raucous, but this one is sure to take the cake - pun intended.

I just confirmed a few out-of-the-ordinary pledge benefits with none other than Boyce Lancaster. Benefits may include:


The next "Carnegie Hall Live!" series being presented on Classical Showcase Friday evening at 7, features an all-Bach program.  The Academy of Ancient Music, one of the premier period-instrument group from England, will play all four of the Orchestral Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has a great weekend of music lined up as they welcome renowned British composer and pianist Huw Watkins to the Southern Theatre stage.  ProMusica will open the concerts with the U.S. premiere of Watkins' Little Symphony.  He then changes into his pianist hat and plays the Piano Concerto No.2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, a fun, invigorating piece. ProMusica then continues their Schubert cycle with his Symphony No. 4.


It's quite a gesture to give your first symphony the title "Titan," but that's just what Late- Romantic Austrian composer Gustav Mahler did.  He later thought better of it and dropped the title, but it does indicate that he was thinking big in his first symphonic outing.  This Thursday evening on Symphony @ 7, I'll have a complete performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D.

Everyone knows that audience members at concerts are never happy.

The etiquette is to sit quietly in the dark. Suppress all emotional response and bodily noise. Looking happy or as if you are enjoying yourself is resolutely low rent... Schubert and Brahms were miserable, and you should be, too. The musicians aren’t there to entertain you. Conductors are there to flap their arms, wiggle their bottoms, and get paid a lot. Just look around you, right?


Andrew Garn / Columbia Artists Management

As most have heard, Valentina Lisitsa was "uninvited" from performing Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Toronto Symphony after a number of controversial tweets regarding the situation between Russia and the Ukraine.  

I will not go into detail here, as it has been widely written about and discussed.  My colleague Christopher Purdy has a thorough look at the subject here.