Classical 101 Staff

Tune into Classical 101 all season long for special programming from all of us at the station! From Handel's Messiah to a New Year's celebration, Classical 101 is your one-stop shop to get you in the holiday spirit. Saturday, December 20 4pm • An Operavore Christmas An hour of Christmas and holiday music from the world of opera and oratorio sung by some of the greatest singers past and present.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Dec 5, 2013

...the sound of the alto next to me singing every note of our Holiday Pops music correctly? How does she do it?! The Columbus Symphony Chorus will be performing its annual Holiday Pops concert December 6, 7, and 8, and we’ve been working hard to perfect about 25 trillion notes of good cheer. Luckily, some are the classics everybody knows, like, “Hark! Ding the Reindeer,  and “O Jingle, Silent Tannenbaum.â€? It is possible at this point that a number of them are becoming hazy.

From mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera.

You know an album is special when the music and performances transport you to another place.

The "Hallelujah Chorus," from George Frideric Handel's Messiah, is such an iconic piece of music — and is so ingrained as a Christmas tradition — that it's easy to take its exuberance and its greatness for granted. That's where Rob Kapilow comes in.

Is it just me, or does it seem like Santa is delivering far fewer classical Christmas albums these days? Decades ago, many of the top opera divas — from Renata Tebaldi to Joan Sutherland — released Christmas records. Then there were choral conductors like Robert Shaw and prominent British choirs like the one at Westminster Abbey.

There's an amazing video floating around YouTube that has brought a ray of sunshine to a very dark week for all of us. It's the trailer for an upcoming documentary called Landfill Harmonic, which focuses on one remarkable group in Paraguay: an orchestra that plays instruments created out of literal trash, made lovingly for them by their community. The young musicians all come from Cateura, a slum that's built upon a landfill; the 2500 families who live there survive by separating garbage for recycling.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Dec 20, 2012

A Chanticleer Christmas is a one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols. Listen to A Chanticleer Christmas tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101.

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges — two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years.

Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. Most of these fresh-faced singers are still in their 20s, but they've already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings — mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance. A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico will air tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101. And that's just what the group has in store for us in this concert at St. Paul's Church in Cambridge, Mass.

[caption id="attachment_17961" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="WOSU staff prepare for the launch of Classical 101 on the morning of December 15, 2010. From left: Christopher Purdy, Michael Rathke, Brent Davis, Kevin Petrilla, Tom Rieland, Karen Olstad, Boyce Lancaster and Beverley Ervine."][/caption] [ADAM: I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS PHOTO IS] Wednesday morning, December 15, 2010 at 6 am, Classical 101 signed on the air at 101.1 fm in Columbus. The new station was kicked off by none other than Ohio State University President Gordon Gee. Here's what he had to say:

[ADAM I DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO CLASSICAL ONE PHOTOS FOR THIS] COLUMBUS, OHIO, DECEMBER 10, 2010 — WOSU Public Media plans on expanding its public service broadcasting for the central Ohio community with the launch of Classical 101 (WOSA 101.1 FM) on Wednesday, December 15, pursuant to finalizing the purchase of 101.1 FM. The station will go on the air at 6am and will be the sole all-classical, noncommercial music station in central Ohio. “Classical music has had a long and loyal following in central Ohio, dating back to our founding in 1922,â€? says General Manager Tom Rieland.

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about the fact that Ludwig van Beethoven hasn't changed: audiences have, and sometimes it's difficult to 'sell' classical composers to a live audience. [audio src=""] Highlights From This Interview: Albert-George: "I don't Beethoven has changed. I don't think Mahler has changed, or Shostakovitch has changed. I think it's the people who are listening to it have changed.

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about composer Aaron Copland, whose famous compositions he wrote in the 1920s and 30s -- including Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo and Fanfare for the Common Man -- stand as the epitome of the American sound. [audio src=""] Highlights From This Interview: Boyce: "Copeland really is the quintessential American sound.

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about how modern audiences are far different than those who listened to Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when the composers first performed their works. [audio src=""] Highlights From This Interview: Albert-George: "I'd love to do Mahler's Second (Symphony) once a month for our audiences.