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


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.

Jeffrey Bishop's album artwork

There's only one place in town to catch Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and innovative pianist Karl Larson: The Short North Stage, courtesy of The Johnstone Fund for New Music. 

Don't miss "restless."

Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra under the direction of Theodore Kuchar perform Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra / YouTube

When it was announced the Cleveland Indians made it to the World Series, there was an enthusiastic response of symphonic proportions.  The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, led by Theodore Kuchar, gave a musical expression to where everyone wants to be next Tuesday when the series begins--out at "the old ball game."

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It’s been almost three years since guitar virtuoso and Grove City native Jordan Dodson first performed on Classical 101.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

In preparation for the release of her new album, opera singer and American star Joyce DiDonato invites visitors to her site to describe where they "find peace." The mezzo-soprano has worked with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro to record the upcoming album In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Of course, the title and content beg the question: how do politics and Classical music fit together? Should they?


The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart's Don Giovanni, live in HD in movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM. 

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Many years ago I attended a concert in Boston's Symphony Hall by the pianist Van Cliburn. I remember lines at the box office, people trying for last minute standing room, and risers of overflow seating on the stage, not far from the polished Steinway.  This was not a crowd for Frank Sinatra, or Mick Jagger or Maria Callas (it was 1973.)  But it was the crowd for a six foot four pianist from Kilgore, Texas with the funny name, Van Cliburn.

color photo taken from behind the musicians of the Dublin Win Symphony during a rehearsal
Erica Wood / Dublin Wind Symphony

Ask composer Dr. Nicole Piunno how she would describe her new work Eternity in an Hour, and one particular word comes up again and again: joy.

“There’s a lot of joy in the piece,” Piunno said in a recent phone interview. “It starts with joy and it ends with joy.”

A Tuscan vineyard at sunset.

It's been reported again, this time by CBS News.  We already knew classical music was good for humans and animals and can soothe the savage beast, but Mozart's music can encourage the noble grape.  I had heard Mozart was supposed to make your kids smarter, but apparently his music can help grapes reach their full potential too.


Whether you're in the mood for some Handel, or feeling more like Stravinsky's Firebird would light up your day, Classical 101 has something for everyone each week. Daily programming such as The Amadeus Deli provide the staples— the meat and potatoes of Classical repertoire— while special evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound add a little spice to the musical palette. 


Whether you're in the mood for some Handel or feeling more like Stravinsky's Firebird would light up your day, Classical 101 has something for everyone each week. Daily programming such as The Amadeus Deli provide the staples— the meat and potatoes of Classical repertoire— while special evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound add a little spice to the musical palette. 

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

It's not every day that David Danzmayr, Paul Rissman, Janet Chen and Brittany Lockman of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra can get together and actually sit down for a cup of coffee, but when it happens, the conversation is incredible. I was lucky enough to sit down with this incredible power-team and talk about their upcoming Naked Series concert.

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera begins a new season of live in HD transmissions from the Met stage in New York to cinemas worldwide with their new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Saturday October 8th at noon.

Neville Marriner conducts the the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Neville Marriner has died at the age of 92.  He was one of the most widely-known conductors in the world, due in good part to his founding and leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the most successful and most recorded of all chamber orchestras--perhaps the most successful.

Wild Goose Creative

This weekend, residents and visitors in the Glen Echo neighborhood between Clintonville and North Campus/Old North Columbus can stop by a score of front porches for some good ol' fashioned neighborly fun.  The event is being hosted by Wild Goose Creative and 19 independent residents.


For me, there is always something slightly mournful about the first real hints of Autumn here in Central Ohio, usually felt near the end of September.  No surprise there about the timing, but still, the change in the air is finally noticeable this season, with the grey skies and the wind making the rain feel colder than the still mild temperatures would indicate.  The kind of music I feel like listening to often changes, too.


Classical 101 brings you the very best music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods while our local hosts add interesting facts and tid-bits along the way. Here's what's in store for the week of October 2nd through 8th:


Every once in a while there's a composition—or work of visual art— that just stops you in your tracks. It's ephemeral; it's a moment of deep pause.

I'm pleased to invite you to experience just that at the Pizzuti Collection's black box installment, Escuchando las estrellas, by artist Glenda Leon.

An opera begun by Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar, and left unfinished at the time of his passing in 2012, has been completed by his collaborator, conductor David Murphy with musical help from Shankar's daughter Anoushka.  

She is a virtuoso sitar player of classical Indian music just as her father was.  The recent press launch states that the opera Sukanya will premier in England next May.  

American composer Julia Wolfe has won one of the biggest windfalls in the arts world. She is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, recipients of the so-called "genius grants" given to a wide range of talented figures from the arts, humanities, sciences and social services. The 2016 class of fellows was announced early Thursday morning.

color photo of the members of the Formosa Quartet
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Their career spans East and West, and Friday morning it brings them to us – live on Classical 101.


The opening pianissimo string section of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question mimics silence; it's stillness is both soft and resolute at once. When people ask about music fit for the first day of Autumn, it is this piece to which I point. It's reflective but not stagnant. 


Whether you're in the mood for some Handel or feeling more like Stravinsky's Firebird would light up your day, Classical 101 has something for everyone each week. Daily programming such as The Amadeus Deli provide the staples— the meat and potatoes of Classical repertoire— while special evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound add a little spice to the musical palette. 

Be sure to tune in each week, and don't forget to submit your favorite pieces to By Request for Friday afternoons!

Oxford University Press

It's not often you meet someone who can boast being both a popular Classical radio host and the dean of one of the premiere schools of music in the US, but Dean Robert Cutietta is not your typical dean. 

When his book, Who Knew?: Answers to Questions about Classical Music You Never Thought to Ask came across my desk, I was as intrigued by the title as I was by the author's biography. 

In baseball, when your team needs a good batter at the last minute— either due to another batter's injury or just strategy— you enlist the help of a pinch hitter.

Last week, when the young male soprano soloist cast in Twisted 2 started to undergo a sudden voice change, the CSO, Opera Columbus, BalletMet and the Columbus Children's Choir needed a pinch hitter to step up to bat. Luckily, they have seasoned soprano, Claire Ferguson.

Columbus Children's Choir

You may have heard of Columbus's annual Indepedents' Day Festival in Downtown/Franklinton. The festival features artists, artisans, musicians, and community organizers working together to bring all sorts of arts and oddities to visitors. (Yep, the name of the festival is really spelled that way!)

This year promises a new musical talent that's a little younger than usual; The Columbus Children's Choir and Starlings Chorus.


Every week is concert week on Classical 101. Tune in to hear everything from Ravel to Bach with witty insight and conversation from hosts in-the-know. Here's a sneak peek of what's on the menu for next week, September 18th- 24th:

Talk to nearly any classical music critic about heroes of the trade and one name usually comes up: Virgil Thomson. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times advises: "Every practicing and aspiring critic today should read Thomson's exhilarating writings."