Live at Classical 101

color photo of Xuefei Yang playing guitar in Classical 101 studio
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It isn’t every day that the world’s leading guitar virtuoso comes to town, but today was that day, and Classical 101 was there when it happened.

International guitar soloist Xuefei Yang stopped by earlier today to play and talk about her career and performance tomorrow evening in Columbus.

Cellist Joshua Roman with Classical 101's Boyce Lancaster
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Cellist Joshua Roman is no stranger to Columbus audiences. On this trip, however, you'll get to know him a little better. Rather than interpreting music written by others, he unveils his own composition.

color photograph of Tom Vignieri, Deborah Price, the Calidore Quartet, and Jennifer Hambrick
Jeff Myers

The Classical 101 studio became Reunion Central Friday when the Calidore String Quartet, composer and former music director of NPR’s From the Top Tom Vignieri and Chamber Music Connection artistic director Deborah Price joined me for a performance and conversation live on Classical 101.

Early Interval performing in the Classical 101 studio
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It’s a watershed season for Columbus’ resident early music ensemble, The Early Interval. This year marks the silver anniversary of the ensemble’s annual Twelfth Night concerts and the Early Interval’s first season under new artistic leadership.

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For all of us who (attempted to) play the clarinet, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending time with someone who really can play the clarinet. I wasn't bad, but let's face it - I am in radio for a reason.

publicity photo off the early music ensemble Wayward Sisters, four musicians with their instruments
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Things got a little crazy this morning on Classical 101.

Gavin George with Classical 101's Boyce Lancaster
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When you first meet Gavin George, he seems like any other 12-year-old boy.  He loves soccer, building things with Legos, and playing with his brother, Max.  

Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (right) and cellist Camden Shaw of the Dover Quartet playing their instruments.
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Earlier today, the award-winning Dover Quartet - hailed by The New Yorker as "the young American string quartet of the moment" - joined me for a live performance and interview on Classical 101. 

In case you missed it, here's some of what the Dovers had to say and play this morning - including a special musical treat exclusively for Classical 101 listeners.

Pablo Villegas
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Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas has been called the "natural heir" to Andres Segovia, the great Spanish guitarist of the 20th century who became the best-known ambassador for the guitar as a serious concert instrument.  

Welsh soprano Gwawr Edwards, right, in the Classical 101 studio with morning host Boyce Lancaster on Sept. 3, 2015.
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If your only connection to the culture of Wales is Bryn Terfel and  Tom Jones, you have a wonderful opportunity to find out more about it this weekend.  The North American Festival of Wales is in session for a 3-day run Thursday-Saturday in Columbus.  Calan opens the program Thursday evening.