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

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The 2017 Franz Liszt Festival & International Competition comes to the School of Music at Ohio State University, Oct. 13 to 15. All programs, including the competitions rounds, opening concert and final winners' performances, are free and open to the public.

What does it take to be an opera superstar? Jonas Kaufmann should know. He's been called "the world's greatest tenor."

Kaufmann has the voice. He's also got the onstage charisma, the movie-star good looks, the ambition, even a little controversy — and a brand new album.

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra opened their 2017-2018 season Sunday evening, October 8th, with a familiar guest artist/composer, some familiar favorites, and something brand new.

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Star Wars: A New Hope, the 1977 George Lucas film that began a whole new era of outer space swashbucklers, will be shown Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Ohio Theatre. There's nothing necessarily unusual about the screening in itself, since Star Wars is a bona fide classic. What is perhaps not so common is that the Columbus Symphony will perform the film score live along with the movie.

Baroque Cellist Juliana Soltis
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There was a time and a place when the cello was the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments — it got no respect.

That time was the 1700s, and the place was France, where the cello occupied a lowly place in the minds of many. In fact, one writer of the time went so far as to call the instrument “a miserable canker, wretch and poor Devil.”

Things looked pretty bleak indeed for the cello, until one great artist pulled it up from the abyss, altering the course of the instrument’s history forever.

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Julie Payette, a former member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir who became an astronaut, is now the next Governor General of Canada. The Governor General of Canada is a largely ceremonial position, but an important one as the representative of the Queen in Canada.

Bill Murray has come a long way since his early days as Nick the Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live. He made screwball comedies like Caddy Shack and Stripes. Then he made serious films, like Lost in Translation.

Musica Cubana, Classical 101's celebration of Cuban and Latino music, returns for a new season at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 1. Five new programs will air Sundays in October.

Musica Cubana features Columbus-based pianist Orlay Alonso as co-host, music director and muse. We'll hear music by Cuban-born composers Tania Leon, Leo Brouwer, Ignacio Cervantes, Gonzalo Roig, Jose Maria Vitier and Ernesto Lecuona.

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Opera Columbus presents Benjamin Britten's operatic horror story The Turn of the Screw in the Southern Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 27, Friday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 1.

Based on the novella of the same name by Henry James, The Turn of the Screw concerns a governess employed at a crumbling Victorian era mansion and the two children in her care. Miles and Flora appear to be charming, boisterous kids.

But all is not as it seems.

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It was a disappointment to many to learn that Janelle Gelfand, longtime cultural reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, is no longer with the paper. After a long career of very skillful writing on the arts in Cincinnati and environs, Gelfand reportedly was let go, terminated, fired, dismissed or whatever corporate euphemism one wishes to invoke, with very little notice.

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