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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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For many Americans, the thought of going to live in a foreign country might seem exotic. Buying a place in a small village where you can walk to the market every day, enjoy sights and sounds you've only read about in travel brochures, enjoy exotic nightlife, and eat exotic foods would be a dream come true, right?

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One of my favorite aspects of Classical concerts is an audience's reception of the music. I've seen it all; boredom, sleeping, edge-of-your-seat anticipation, and complete rapture. Never have I seen an audience respond with such an appreciation for Prokofiev and Schubert as I did last night, and it was truly earned by every musician onstage.

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English composer Gustav Holst wrote his St. Paul's Suite in 1912 for the student string orchestra of the St. Paul's School for Girls in London.  With its notable use of English folk songs in the finale of this four-movement piece, throwing in Greensleeeves for good measure,  it remains one of the composer's most popular works.  

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closed out the 2015-2016 season with two of classical music's greatest masterpieces...Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, also known as simply, The Great.

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President John F. Kennedy spent the last night of his life in the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, from where he left for Dallas after an early morning walk about in the rain and a breakfast in the hotel banquet rooms, where his final quip was, when Mrs. Kennedy arrived late, "Nobody cares what Lyndon and I are wearing." 

Sincere thanks to the composer's family for permission to use these images.

One of the most satisfying aspects of a good concert can be the visceral impact of seeing other everyday people, some of whom you personally know, perform onstage. It sounds so simple, but the mystique of the performer can often obscure the empathy and sincerity of their performance.

The Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, aka CODE, does a fantastic job of stripping away the affectations that keep listeners at bay while providing very new and exciting musical experiences. In essence, they know how to keep it real.

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In a previous episode of The Mozart Minute, the Mozart family’s stay in the Netherlands almost turned tragic. But not only did everyone survive, the young Mozart actually thrived in Holland, making himself popular with Dutch royalty and composing a clutch of new musical works.

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What do a baby and a new musical work have in common? Flutist and mezzo-soprano Lindsey Goodman can tell you.

Rick Buchanan

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra closes out the 2015-2016 season this weekend with two of classical music's greatest masterpieces...Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, also known as simply, The Great.

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Do you remember the sound of a dial-up modem? Kind of R2D2 and Darth Vader all rolled up into one gurgly, bloop-bleep bridge of white noise that could take you beyond these four walls and out into the big, wide world online. Now that sound has inspired a brand-new choral work.

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Contemporary Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist Leo Brouwer is one of the eminent writers for music of the classical guitar and his works are performed by guitarists world-wide. 

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From 1763 to 1766, Leopold Mozart and his wife, Anna Maria, were touring their prodigiously gifted children through western Europe, making their talents known at some of Europe’s most important courts. Also on this trip, illness brought one of the children to the brink of death.

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This Sunday, Classical 101 has special programming for mothers, grandmothers, and the women who make life special for so many. Whether she's near or far, our listeners can tune in to Classical 101 on-air or online to listen to music fit for mom, this Sunday. 

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"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice!"  I don't know if any other concert hall has its own joke, known around the world by aspiring musicians, but Carnegie Hall has long been one of the most prestigious venues in the world.  The joke supposedly originated when a pedestrian on 57th Street passed Jascha Heifetz and asked the now famous question, with its snappy response.  

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s playing isn’t the only sound you hear on her new recording, Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach (Avie Records). The venue in which Pine made the recording had a voice from the beginning of the project, and shines forth as a brilliant collaborator on the new disc.

A number of years ago, I had a conversation with China Forbes, who sings with Pink Martini. We sat in their Portland headquarters, a 140-year-old building which serves as home base, distribution center, and rehearsal space, not to mention home to the group's founder Thomas Lauderdale, who lives upstairs.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the premier guitar ensembles, and they'll play music of Georges Bizet from the 1875 opera Carmen in the Carmen Suite, from their 2001 Telarc CD "LAGQ Latin."

If you've seen the History Channel series, Vikings, you probably have some idea of the brutality and curiosity of the Vikings and Norsemen. Although it is less prominent in the show, their music was just as integral to their rich culture.

Here's a snapshot of the music these legendary Norsemen and women created just in time for the Ashville, Ohio Viking Festival, this weekend. 

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Apollo is the god of music in Greek mythology.  He's also associated with truth, knowledge, prophecy, healing, the sun and light, and more.  

Apollo was the leader of the muses, Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry, which brings us to 20th century ballet. 

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Routine renovation work on Cincinnati’s Music Hall – home of the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Opera and other performing arts organizations – has unearthed human bones on the work site, according to the Cincinnati television station WCPO.

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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 1st- 7th: 

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If you’re a genius working on your latest masterpiece, you have to take some time off once in a while to stop and smell the roses. Or to stop and drink beer.

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Like almost anything in life, developing a successful career as a composer takes talent, good timing and more than a few drams of luck. The stars aligned in a big way recently for composer and Columbus native Adam Roberts, who has been named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.

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 The collaboration between composer Richard Strauss (1865-1949) and librettist Hugo von Hofmansthal (1874-1929) produced the last great run of German language operas,  Der Rosenkavalier Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella among them.Work between them began not with comedy, nor with domestic drama or fairy tales. All of that came later. Work between them began with Greek tragedy, Sophocles Electra.

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Part two of the Vienna 1900: Tradition & Modernism Festival takes place this weekend at the Southern Theatre with a pared-down version of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear joins CSO conductor Rossen Milanov for the two evenings, which feature Goodyear as the soloist in the Franz Liszt orchestration of Franz Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy. The performances open with Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 and close with Mozart's Symphony No. 41, the Jupiter Symphony.

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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, April 24th-30th:

The Fantasia para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo is based on a tuneful collection of songs and dances by the 17th century Spanish guitarist/composer Gaspar Sanz.

Looking ahead to Earth Day on Friday, I'll have some really "wild" music on the next Symphony @ 7, The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony by Richard Blackford.  The title comes from a book by Bernie Krause, "The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places." 

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The saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words. But a picture of Mozart's wife inspired baby talk from her genius husband.

You know the old saying, "The show must go on"?

Last week at the Vienna Opera the show very nearly didn't.