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.

And check back frequently from June through August this year as we celebrate A Bernstein Summer. We're marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein with a series of local radio programs, podcasts, modules and blog posts.

Karl Paulnack is a pianist and an Academic Dean at the Boston Conservatory. The full text of his Welcome Address to parents and students on September 1, 2004 has been making the rounds.  Here are a few selections from this extraordinary talk:

Solitary Jean Sibelius and Colin Davis

May 1, 2009

I hope you had a chance to hear Symphony at 7 recently.  We aired a new recording of Sibelius' first symphony with Colin Davis and the London Symphony. Davis clearly has a strong affinity for this great Finnish composer.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

May 1, 2009

From a field of 225 applicants, thirty pianists, ranging in age from 18-30, are competing at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be held May 22-June 7  in Fort Worth, for a prize package valued at over $1,000,000.  Whew! Talk about pressure ...

I like oddities, those novelties that surprise and delight.  The world of classical music has many oddities, but one new addition to the fold recently crossed my desk here at WOSU and—as oddities often do—piqued my curiosity.  Sigiswald Kuijken, the middle of the three Kuijken brothers who for decades now have borne the standard for historically informed performance, has released a

Andre Previn turns eighty this year. His accomplishments as a conductor, performer and composer go back over fifty years and don't need a lot of approbation from me. I'm listening to his opera A Streetcar Named Desire (1998) based, of course, on Tennessee Williams' play.

The fourth Johnstone Woodwind Master Series (JWMS) at The Ohio State University School of Music celebrates the oboe, and also welcomes Joseph Robinson, retired Principal Oboist of the New York Philharmonic and noted educator, as featured guest artist.

I've been having fun listening to Earl Wild's recording of George Gershwin's Concerto in F made forty years ago by the Boston Pops, which was conducted by Arthur Fiedler ("Ah-thah Feed-lah" as we called him up home).

Martin Inglis is the new Chairman of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. Inglis arrived in Columbus in November of 2004, following a thirty-year career at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, to become Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Battelle. In this interview Inglis talks about his childhood in Malaysia, his love of violinist Itzhak Perlman and what he loves about Columbus (and Central Ohio). He also outlines his plans for a revived Columbus Symphony.

It's hard to believe that the Guarneri Quartet ("...has no superior on the world's stages" -New York Times) is retiring at the end of the 2008-2009 concert season after 45 years. Their final concert in Columbus is Saturday, November 29 at 8pm at the Southern Theater. Meanwhile, here's a chat with Arnold Steinhardt.

Michael Kaiser (dubbed by some press outlets as "The Turnaround King") is President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. His book The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations follows five arts organizations as they struggled to stay alive through their resurgence.