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.

Find 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.

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In December 1943, Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) conducted a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Inno dei nazioni (The Hymn of the Nations) in Studio 8-H at Rockefeller Center. Jan Peerce was the soloist with the NBC Symphony, built for Toscanini by David Sarnoff, and the Westminster Choir. The Hymn of the Nations had been written by Verdi for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.

The Lincoln Theatre was the place to be last week as Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz All Stars gave the first jazz performance in the 1920's era theatre in over 50 years.  Stripling was his usual engaging, entertaining self, and was surrounded by some of Columbus' best jazz musicians...Bob Breithaupt on drums, Bobby Floyd on keyboards, and Chris Berg on double bass.

The judges of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have selected the competition's first blind pianist as a gold medalist.  I say as "a" gold medalist, because Japan's Nobuyuki Tsujii shares the honor with China's Haochen Zhang.  These players were the youngest contestants.

ADAM - TWO AUDIO PIECES Pianists have flocked to Fort Worth like swallows to Capistrano.  Nearly everywhere, it seems, the ivories are being tickled.  Tensions are running high in the desert. Must be time for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

ADAM - TWO AUDIO PIECES This year is the fiftieth birthday of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  As you might imagine, the museum is mounting an exhibition in celebration of the work of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who died at the age of 92 six months before it opened.

Old Versus New, Or Vice Versa?

Jun 5, 2009

ADAM - TWO AUDIO PIECES These days when we hear Vivaldi, Bach, or Handel in recordings, we're more likely than not to hear a period instrument performance.  This usually refers either to restored instruments of the 18th century or earlier--depending on the music--or to modern reproductions made to duplicate their  sound and appearance as much as possible.

Sherlock Holmes Was a Violinist Extraordinaire

Jun 5, 2009

True confession time. Until this morning, I didn't know Sherlock Holmes played the violin. I know! (Do I hear a collective gasp of disbelief?) Guess I just never got around to reading the books or watching the movies, but now that I DO know, I'm eager to learn more. Here are a few tidbits I came across through a quick online search:

Two stories caught my eye recently: One is an increasingly familiar tale of the lack of music instruction in our schools: Why Are Americans Disappearing from the Classical Music Scene? The other is about the role music COULD play in our lives and the lives of our children, if only those who control the purse strings and make the decisions would listen: A Crescendo in the West Bank The

The only constant is change.

When I was growing up, growing your hair out was a harmless form of rebellion designed to irritate the adults in our lives. Slang had the same effect. And music? "Noise" was what most over 30 would call Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, AC/DC. It changes as you get older and have to work in the very society whose nose you wanted to tweak. Question authority became push the envelope, think outside the box - but within some pretty well-defined borders.

ADAM -I THINK THIS ALREADY PART OF THE ARTS BLOG (AND IF IT ISN'T, IT SHOULD BE) I've been going around talking with our arts leaders about how the lousy economy is impacting what they do and how they are all coping. Symphony, opera, ballet, GCAC, OAC. You can find these pieces over on - click on arts and culture. Here's Barbara Zuck, Columbus Dispatch Arts Diva and radio/horse farm chatelaine talking with me yesterday - her take on The Arts in Columbus in the Current (Crummy) Economy. [audio:christopher_and_zuck.mp3]