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

Dorothea Lange

A picture paints a thousand words, as the saying goes. Music, however, provides the subtle shading and detail which gives depth to the picture.

Christopher Purdy

It wasn't the taco bar, yummy as it was that has me waxing ecstatic over the newly renovated downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Andrew Carnegie's 1907 limestone beclad vision has served this city well for nearly 110 ten years.

Now we have what is called a library for the 21st century.

Phooey. I imagined this new library would have everything but books. To me, a library has miles of eight foot shelving crammed with books. To me, a library has dust and must. To me, a library is quiet and dark. If you want light you can screw in a bulb somewhere.

Enjoy contemporary music for solo guitar from Argentina with Victor Villadangos, who was born in Buenos Aires.  

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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, May 19th - 25th.

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Mirriam-Webster defines Urtext simply as, "the original text (as of a musical score)."

On the website of publisher G. Henle Verlag, they say, "The term "Urtext" has been debated ever since it was first used. Yet the idea behind it is simple and easy to understand: the musician is offered a musical text which solely reflects the composer's intentions."

An interesting difference, at least to me. One says it is the page as it was originally published. Another says it is the sole reflection of the composer's intent.

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The Columbus Gay Men's Chorus went to the Columbus State House lawn this past Sunday night, just hours after the horror in Orlando. Here they are at rehearsal a bit earlier, preparing to share music with a wounded public, in honor of those lost.

Many thanks to the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus and their music director, Tim Sarsany.

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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, June 12th-18th

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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The Romeros, the "Royal Family of the Guitar," have collectively and individually recorded much of the Spanish guitar literature, but they have also delved into related music as well.  They recorded an overture to a zarzuela, La Revoltosa (The Mischievous One) from 1897 by Ruperto Chapi.

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Julian Barnes's recent historical novel The Noise of Time attempts to re-create the inner life of composer Dmitry Shostakovich. 'Dmitry Dmitryevich' would be a good choice for such an excursion. 

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It's that time again. This weekend, June 10-12, art lovers and sun worshippers will flock to the downtown Columbus Riverfront like the swallows at Capistrano to take in art by hundreds of visual artists, writers, dancers and musicians. And Classical 101 will be there, too.

Boyce Lancaster

It happens when you least expect it. Something you hear on the radio, at a friend's house, in a shop, walking down the street...that melody you just can't seem to get out of your head.

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It's been a month since Radiohead's newest, and arguably most-symphonic, album was released. The work oscillates between eerie lyrics and soundscapes taken from a David Lynch-esque dystopia and the heartfelt, whispered lamentations of a man losing the love of his life. It's the work of nearly a decade of composing and editing, and it shows. 

Let's take a look under the hood of A Moon Shaped Pool, long-format style.

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If you're a regular Classical 101 listener, you might be familiar with the voices of Boyce Lancaster, Jennifer Hambrick, John Rittmeyer, and Christopher Purdy by now, but have you met your favorite host in person yet? This might be your chance. 

Classical 101 hosts, Christopher Purdy and Jennifer Hambrick will be broadcasting live from the Columbus Arts Festival June 10th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. But wait, there's more!

A Musical Pop Quiz

Jun 7, 2016
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Not to make you think too hard this soon after the weekend, but it's time for a little music quiz.

Yo Yo Ma, of course!

Here are a few more little brain teasers for you from Classic FM. Have fun!

Can You Solve These Fiendish Composer Riddles from Classic FM?

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Last week, the Metropolitan Opera announced that the Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin  would become the company's music director, following James Levine who recently retired. Mr. Levine becomes Music Director Emeritus, as empty a title as they come, after a tacky public struggle between his forty year tenure and the Met management, anxious over Levine's declining health.

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Phyllis Curtin died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. You can't say her death was a surprise, but I'm sad all the same. It's good though, to remember who she was and what she was to American music.

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Mandolin player, singer, songwriter Chris Thile is best-known as a founding member of the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and for the quintet, Punch Brothers, where he gets to amply demonstrate his dazzling virtuosity.

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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, June 5th - 11th:

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Earlier this year, I shared a "musical mashup" by Grant Woolard, consisting of 57 classical melodies from 33 different composers. It was quite fun trying to pick out all of the favorite melodies he had woven together.

When the New York City Opera (NYCO) announced its final performances and imminent bankruptcy in September 2013, opera lovers, not just in Manhattan, were shocked.

A sailor pays his respects to a fallen service member buried at the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial in Brookwood, England.
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As we head into the fun and (hopefully) sun of the Memorial Day weekend, it's also good to pause and reflect on the paradoxical nature of the holiday, as was pointed out to me in this NPR article, Classical Music Memorials, by Richard Knisely.  

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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, May 29th - June 4th:

Pablo Villegas
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Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story from 1957 is one of the most enduring musicals with its updating of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in New York and the wonderful music that showed Bernstein at his most inspired.  

Those tunes have, not surprisingly, been arranged many times in many different settings.  On the next Fretworks, Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas will play a medley from West Side Story from his CD "Americano" to begin the hour on this Memorial Day weekend.

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A previous episode of The Mozart Minute saw the 14-year-old Mozart composing his opera Mitridate, rè di Ponto on commission and for performance in Milan amid all manner of envy and intrigue. How Wolfgang the boy wonder secured a commission for such a large work at such a tender age is a story in its own right.

color photo of a Fender bass guitar decked out with keys from a clarinet and metal tubing fomr a French horn
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For Columbus artist Brian Riegel, musical instruments don’t just make art – they are art.

A sculptor who transforms found objects into whimsical artworks, Riegel has in recent years become something of a pied piper for cast-off musical instruments.

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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, May 22-28.

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Leopold Mozart’s earlier tours to promote his musical children had gone so well that he repeated the experiment, taking Wolfgang alone on three trips to Italy. On one of those tours, father and son spent four months in Milan, where the 14-year-old Mozart composed his opera Mitridate, rè di Ponto on commission to open Milan’s 1770-71 opera season.

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David Thomas

David Thomas is principal clarinetist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He usually performs in concert halls. But recently, he gave a house concert in the east Columbus home of two of his associates.

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