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

New Year’s Concert from Vienna

Dec 30, 2016

On New Year’s Day, listeners around the world will tune in to hear a concert from Vienna—a traditional concert of Strauss waltzes and other Viennese confections. And while the musical experience is certainly a sumptuous one, hearing the concert on radio leaves you missing another important element: the visual opulence of the venue.

2016 was a memorable year for Classical 101 and the arts in Columbus, check out the stories from our blog over the past year. 

In Memoriam 2016

Dec 27, 2016

Music suffered heavy losses in 2016, a year like no other in recent memory. We bid unexpected farewells to the very brightest stars — David Bowie and Prince — but we also lost masters from every corner of the music world, from classical composers and jazz greats to world music superstars, soul singers, country giants, prog-rock pioneers and record producers. They left us with unforgettable sounds and compelling stories. Hear their music and explore their legacies here.

(Credits: Tom Huizenga, producer; Mark Mobley, editor; Brittany Mayes, designer)

WOSU Public Media

This holiday season, join Classical 101 for the very best music fit for any occasion. Here's a quick peak at some of the great programming we have in store between December 19th - January 1st. We're here to help you celebrate, remember and enjoy the season of giving with the best of the classical repertoire. 

The new film Jackie, opening in theaters across the country this weekend, begins with a blank, black screen, underscored by melting strings. It's our first indication that music will play a central role here, at times even more so than the title character.

Romano Grozich

Pianist Martina Filjak was in Columbus for two performances with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra earlier this year to play the 2nd Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saens at the Southern Theatre. You can relive that amazing performance this Sunday on the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra radio broadcast on Classical 101.

Rogue One Gallery:

The Empire, The Rebellion, The Force; They've all got their visual cues and they've all got their own sound in the Star Wars SciFi-Fantasy universe.

We recognize The Imperial March and Luke's Theme as cultural icons at this point, because that is what a strong theme, or leitmotif, does. It brings to mind the image and the feeling of the character or situation that it describes. 

But times are a-changing. And now we have "BRAAAM!"... Wait, what?

Andrew Gam

Live from the Factory Floor is a series of concerts given at the Steinway factory in New York. World renowned pianists of all stripes come to play in this intimate setting.

On the Steinway website, they paint the picture:

For decades, STEINWAY & SONS has cultivated special relationships with pianists from every genre. From Lang Lang to Diana Krall to Billy Joel to such STEINWAY IMMORTALS as Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Arthur Rubinstein.

Lancaster Chorale

This weekend is a busy one for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra AND Classical 101. ProMusica, The Lancaster Chorale and guest vocalists come together to celebrate the season with the sublime Christmas Oratorio,  written by Camille Saint-Saens when he was just twenty-three!

I asked Kathrin Danzmayr if the fact that the Christmas Oratorio is seldom performed gives her a bit more freedom of interpretation.

WOSU Public Media

You listen to Classical 101 every day in your car, in the kitchen as you cook, maybe even with your headphones at work. But have you taken part in joining the Classical 101 team to provide music all day, every day?

This holiday season—this Thursday, December 8th, specifically— the Classical 101 team would like to invite you to join in and help give the gift of music... And perhaps even take home a CD or two in return. 

Artist page, credit Maarit Kytoharju

The Metropolitan Opera present L'amour de Loin (Love from Afar) live in HD from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York to movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM. This is the Met premiere of Saariaho's opera, which has become one of the most popular musical works of the 21st century, and is the first opera composed by a woman to be staged at the Met in 113 years. album cover

What's your favorite recording of Christmas music? We've all got them. I'll share a few of mine, and you can share yours in the comment section below! 


Exactly one week after the recent presidential election concluded, I visited with some local middle schoolers who attend the Graham Expeditionary Middle School on East 16th Avenue. As usually happens with children, I walked away having learned much more from them than they probably did from me. 

This photo is lended as courtesy of Andy Earl of Mercury Classics

Just as he was about to begin an international tour, Milos Karadaglic, a major star of the classical guitar world, has been forced to cancel and stop giving public performances, at least temporarily.  He is suffering from a physical condition of his hand that interferes with performing, and his doctors urged him to take a lengthy break from playing.

Eighty years ago, conductor Arturo Toscanini could rail at the musicians of the NBC Symphony "You are all pigs! I will leave music for shame! I will open a whore house! And not one of you cretini stupidi will be allowed in the door!

color photograph of Worthington's Tröndlin fortepiano
Robert Murphy

A rare fortepiano from the age of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann returns to its Worthington home Saturday with a five-figure makeover and as star of its own show at Worthington’s historic Orange Johnson House.

Reportedly one of only three extant fortepianos in the United States made by the 19th-century Leipzig-based piano builder Johann Tröndlin, the instrument returns to Worthington after an extensive two-year restoration by Oberlin conservatory piano technician and early piano restorer Robert Murphy.

High5ive Photography

The political news this week has made it harder to process the death of Bill Conner, the President and CEO of CAPA, who died after a two-year battle with cancer on October 28.

We were hardly close friends. But the phone would ring every few months with a summons to a sumptuous lunch and a few hours of shop talk and dish.  We would sit together at Columbus Symphony concerts (the first time he wasn’t here was for the Verdi Requiem of all nights!) I can’t claim to have known him well. I can say we were friends and to me he was nothing but warm, kind, smart and supportive.

Rick Buchanan

It's a busy weekend at Classical 101 and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. On Saturday and Sunday, ProMusica presents an Ohio premiere along with some classic favorites.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

color photo of severl yellow metal ballot boxes stacked on top of each other
Keith Bacongco/Creative Commons/Flickr /

You’ve read the headlines, heard the great radio news reports on WOSU 89.7 NPR News, watched the debates (don’t remind me) and, having seen and heard enough about Election 2016, you’ve cast your vote.

So, what will you do with your Tuesday evening, now that all is said and done for another four years? 

Joyce DiDonato is one of the most acclaimed opera singers of her generation; this year, she won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Her latest album, In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, is a collection of baroque arias from the 17th and 18th centuries divided into two sections — one addressing war, the other, peace.


Will surprises never cease?  Recently singer-songwriter Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Now composer Philip Glass won the 2016 Tribune Literary Award in Chicago.  


Members of the Cleveland Orchestra lent their prestige and skill to inspire the home-team crowd by performing the National Anthem at the opening of game 7 of the World Series this week--but the Indians still lost.


There's some unusual programming on this Sunday's Musica Sacra, heard at 8:00 PM on Classical 101.

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill, WOSU

Starting November 5th, you’ll be hearing a new voice on the air;  WOSU’s new Classical 101 Program Director, Cheryl Dring! In addition to taking on the role of Program Director, you can hear Ms. Dring on-air, Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. book cover

I had never heard of Julius Eastman (1940-1990) until I turned to last Sunday's profile of this enigmatic composer by Zachary Woolfe in the New York Times.


Is that a wandering spirit we hear in the second movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in D, "The Ghost"?  Is it the ghost of Hamlet's father "doomed for a certain term to walk the night," or can it be the three witches  that incite ungodly ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth with the logic of "Foul is fair, and fair is foul"?


Verdi's Messa da Requiem is performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Rossen Milanov in the Ohio Theater, October 28 and 29 at 8 PM The choral director is Ronald J. Jenkins.

Today's podcast host, Will Waters, 16, is a home-schooled junior in high school from Dublin. His interests include fencing, rocketry, and music. As a school project, Will has prepared a podcast promoting the upcoming performances of Verdi's Requiem in Columbus. Listen here:

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill

Last Friday, I went out to lunch with Orlay and Orlando Alonso, and experienced first-hand the incredible energy that these two Cuban-born piano virtuoso players naturally exert. The best part: you have a chance to experience their whirlwind, gale force musical talent for yourself this week at The Alonso Brothers: Musica Cubana.