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, album cover

This 4th of July holiday weekend brings us the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Texas Guitar Quartet with four times the fun of a solo mandolin or guitar.  Aaron Copland's Hoe-Down from the ballet Rodeo is given a rousing performance suitable for a barbeque by the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Texas Guitar Quartet plays their arrangement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with appropriate swagger, on the next Fretworks.

Boyce Lancaster

Today it’s time for a curtain call for someone who has performed her job exceedingly well, but who has scrupulously avoided the limelight. Most of the time, those of us on the air receive the compliments for what you hear, but we are only a part of what goes into your listening experience on Classical 101.

Barbara Cook is one of those singers who puts words and storytelling first. That's one reason why, at the age of 88, and confined to a wheelchair, Barbara Cook can still make you laugh yourself insensate, cry yourself a thunderstorm, or just sit and think and wonder when this lady sings. 

Jay Blakesberg

In a world where there seem to be daily stories about disappearing funding for the Arts, Kronos Quartet has a solution...give it away.

In a project called Fifty for the Future, Kronos Quartet is raising $1.5 million to commission 50 new pieces of music. It is elegant in its simplicity. Here's how it was described by Tom Vitale for the blog Deceptive Cadence from NPR.

This past weekend I went to my first ComFest.

I was interested to read in last week's Columbus Alive that ComFest awards financial grants to arts projects in the community. The weekend festival in Goodale Park is but one facet of ComFest's works., album cover

  Today is Anna Moffo's birthday. She is an American soprano, born on this date in 1932 in Wayne Pennsylvania. She died in New York in 2006.

Beverley Ervine is retiring from her role as Program Director for Classical 101 on July 1. Bev has been the behind-the-scenes “doer” for classical music radio for literally decades. She just gets things done.

color photo of the members of the Cypress Quartet standing outdoors on stone steps
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Sunday afternoon the members of one of the world’s great string quartets will go their separate ways after 20 years together on the international concert stage.

Who Needs Reviews?

Jun 25, 2016

As newspapers continue to reposition themselves in a digital age, space in each issue has become more difficult to come by. Content continues to migrate to the web, as one would expect. Content also continues to disappear.

Orlay Alonso Facebook artist's page

There I was, minding my own business in my office at WOSU, surrounded by CDs fresh from the School of Music at The Ohio State University. I was beginning to put together a new season of Concerts at Ohio State, and at the top of the pile was the doctoral recital given by a young pianist I didn't know. Generally-and don't tell anyone - I listen to the first three minutes of performance intended for broadcast, insuring robust musicianship and broadcast quality engineering. After that I move on, until later. 

Not this time.

LeBron James is an absolute champion of the people in Ohio right now, and for good reason. The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally taken home the NBA championship and brought a resounding sense of hope and joy to Ohio fans and underdogs everywhere. 

In the spirit of celebration, here are 52 fabulous musicians who have also called Cleveland their home...52 for the number of years since Cleveland has held a major sports title, of course. 

Cary Dactyl is a musician extraordinaire, a percussionist and super-title maven for the opera, artist and all around good guy.This week he performed his latest composition, written for a preview of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, post-renovation (glorious) and pre-public opening (Saturday).

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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 26th through July 2nd. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.