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

color photo of rolling hills in the English countryside
Kumweni / Flickr

I know, I know. Another seemingly sensationalistic claim tossed out into cyberspace like so much line at the fishing hole. Sure, winning the lottery can change your life — but a piece of music?

Of course. Even the most hardened Hannibal Lecters (remember the Goldberg Variations scene?) know that music does something deep inside us. Allow me to rhapsodize for a moment about some music that, I believe, does the human heart good.

In the art world, William Eggleston is a revered photographer. In the music world, he's virtually unknown. But now the 78-year-old Memphis native, celebrated for legitimizing color photography in the 1970s, has just released his very first album, simply titled Musik.

'Alma Española' album cover
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That old guitar that you strum from time to time — did you know it has a soul?

If musical instruments are said to have souls, then there is no instrument with a soul more Spanish than the guitar. And now, there is arguably no recording with a more Spanish soul than Alma Española, a new recording of Spanish music performed by two of classical music's most celebrated artists: guitarist Sharon Isbin and vocalist Isabel Leonard.

Rick Buchanan

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, the Lancaster Chorale, and soloists present Mozart's Requiem Nov. 4 and 5 at the Southern Theatre. Music Director David Danzmayr has teamed that work with Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra by Osvaldo Golijov, which makes for an intriguing combination.

Charles Wakefield Cadman's opera Ramala will be discussed and sung in a lecture-performance by musicologist Katie Graber and the artists from Ohio State University's School of Music's Department of Opera and Music Theater on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Weigel auditorium.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Ghost jack-o-lantern halloween pumpkin
Renislava / Pixabay

With any scary movie, the perfect soundtrack is key — so why not a soundtrack for your Halloween party?

This playlist could certainly play in the background for your spooky celebrations, or you could use it to make the little kids think twice about ringing the doorbell for candy!

Zach Koors

Columbus is blessed with a vibrant, exciting music scene. It is especially blessed with an amazing array of talented musicians and composers, "Locally Sourced" music making, if you will.

If you have never heard Zach Koors' music, you're in for a treat this Sunday at the Clintonville Woman's Club.

One writer described his music this way...

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While you've been putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume, we've been working on special music for the holiday! The American Sound, Sunday Baroque and Essential Classics will feature spooktacular programming leading up to Oct. 31.

Renaissance Theatre YouTube

I was in Mansfield on a recent Sunday afternoon for the launch of the Mid-Ohio Opera, with a lovely concert performance of La Boheme — a community effort and a fine performance.

It's been awhile since I've been to Mansfield's beautiful Renaissance Theatre. This is a late-1920s movie palace, originally gaudy, ornate and wired for the talkies. Echoing the story of many such lavish temples for celluloid built across the U.S., the building went into decline as vaudeville died and Clark Gable in the movies gave way to I Love Lucy on TV.

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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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