Holiday music

color photo of the members of Alphorn Grüezie standing with their alphorns in front of the Swiss clock in Sugarcreek, Ohio
Heather Densmore / Alphorn Grüezie Facebook page

Ohio is not a state known for its mountains. The Hocking Hills, the Appalachian foothills and the state’s other areas of rolling terrain, though lush and beautiful, aren’t exactly the Alps.

But that’s not keeping growing numbers of people around the Buckeye State from picking up an instrument deeply tied to Alpine life, the alphorn, as a musical avocation. And it’s also not stopping Ohio’s premiere alphorn ensemble from appearing as the opening act in the 35th-anniversary performances of Merry TubaChristmas Columbus later this month.

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Where did the year go? While December can really pile on the stress with winter weather, holiday preparations, work deadlines and family visits, it’s also the time for some of the most sublime, glorious music in the cycle of the year.

As 2017 draws to a close, the music of Chanukah and Christmas reminds so many of us of our treasured holiday traditions. 

We have a full slate of special programs scheduled to air on Classical 101 this month, in addition to holiday editions of our regular shows.

Columbus Symphony Holiday Pops concert
Columbus Symphony

No matter how much any of us love family members who come home for the holidays, at some point we are all going to be stir-crazy and need some diversion, both tuneful and beautiful.

Here's a guide to some of Columbus' most-loved holiday offerings filling our theaters and concert halls over the next few weeks.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Nov 17, 2017
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The holiday season is upon us and so are the sights, smells and sounds. Join guest host, Christopher Purdy for a lively chat about the upcoming holiday music season at the Ohio Theater and Columbus Symphony.  

olor photograph of members of the Early Interval sitting at a medieval-style feasting table
Mary Barczak / Early Music in Columbus Web site

The halls are being un-decked, the goose is getting un-fat and that distant, dopplerized noise? Un-jingle bells. Time to mark the end of the holiday season with – what else? – a celebration! Get a sneak peak Friday morning on Classical 101.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
Columbus Symphony Orchestra

It is a little more than a week until Christmas. Leading up to Christmas  and New Year's Day, Classical 101 has a full lineup of local and global specials on the schedule.