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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.

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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.

For Columbus attorney Stephen McCoy, bread means family. And not just any bread, but the traditional Armenian braided sweetbread called choreg.

And not just any choreg recipe, but the recipe his great-grandmother carried with her through war, through genocide, across two continents and in utter poverty to a new life – and a new family – in America.

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Audiences around the world will have the chance to watch The Metropolitan Opera's new production  Marnie Live in HD at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

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It seems as if late October and early November is prime time for our orchestras, theaters and dance and opera companies.

If music be the food of love, then you'll probably need something to drink with it. 

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William Grant Still is best known today for his Afro-American Symphony. Still composed the work in 1930 and strove in the symphony to – in his words – "portray the sons of the soil, who still retain so many of the traits of their African forebears."

color photo of Stephen caracciolo conducting LancasterChorale in performance

At the time, it was said to be the war to end all wars. One hundred years after the end of World War I, LancasterChorale is paying solemn tribute in music and readings of poetry and letters to those who gave their lives in that conflict.

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On Feb. 12, 1924, George Gershwin gave the first performance of his Rhapsody in Blue with famed bandleader Paul Whiteman's band in New York City's Aeolian Hall.

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Bring on the dancing. The Metropolitan Opera has a hot new production of Camille Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) complete with bacchanal.

Three years after his death, my father, virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, made headlines all over the world when his beloved Stradivarius violin, stolen 35 years earlier, was recovered by the FBI. The story struck the hearts of so many, I think, because in such turbulent times, it was rare good, even joyful, news. And the mystery of where it had been, was finally solved.

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What rocker wouldn't want to sit on Mick Jagger's lap? What painter wouldn't want to clean Picasso's brushes?

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Highlands Presbyterian Church on Smoky Row Road is the home of a vibrant worship community augmented by a concert series.

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Harry Lawrence Freeman was arguably the most important African-American composer of opera working during the era of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Montserrat Caballe has died, and there are no more grand divas left.