Classical 101 by Request

Do you have a piece of music you’d love to hear on Classical 101 — either for yourself or to share with someone else?

While Classical 101 By Request is on hiatus, we’d still like to hear from you about the music you’d like us to play. We’ll work as many selections as we can into our regular programming and let you know when to listen for them.

Request something from your favorite artist or composer, or a piece that has special associations for you. Just fill out the form below, and please tell us why you want to hear the music so we can share your story with our listeners. We may not be able to play every request, but we’ll accommodate as many as possible.

What do you want to hear on Classical 101?

Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy

“I’m Christopher Purdy. Every Friday afternoon from 1 until 3, I play what you have asked to hear. All you have to do is go to classical 101 dot org slash request and let me know what I can play for you on Friday afternoons.”

Verena Wagner Lafferentz
Bayreuth Festival / Facebook

The death of a 98-year-old widow in Germany last April attracted worldwide headlines. At that age, her passing was hardly unexpected. Yet the death of Verena Wagner Lafferentz made the front pages and reminded the world of the darkest days of one of Europe’s most notable annual music festivals.

Ken Howard / The Metropolitan Opera

Some operas inspire reverence beyond who gets kissed and who gets killed. Francis Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites is chief among them.

George Frideric Handel
Painting by Thomas Hudson / Wikimedia Commons

“Too much of a good thing is wonderful,” Mae West said.

I had seen news reports over the years of a young opera soprano who had undergone a double-lung transplant, shook off her troubles and continued her career.

When Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007, I cried. 

Simon Pauly /

Ask most any singer today what they were first taught to sing, and they'll produce a beat-up copy of a yellow-covered volume from G. Schirmer called 24 Arie Antiche

Painted by Donald Sheridan / Wikimedia Commons

I’m late getting to the Debussy year, the centennial of his death in 1918. 

Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

In 1972, I saw a production of Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment ("The Daughter of the Regiment"), starring Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. And in 1972, there were no two opera singers more famous, more skilled or greater. 

Samuel Holland Rous / Wikimedia Commons

The School of Music at The Ohio State University invites you to a wedding – Mozart’s sublime Marriage of Figaro in Mershon Auditorium, Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3. 

Elizabeth Winston / James A. Drake /

Many years ago, I recorded an interview for WOSU with soprano Licia Albanese. She was a favorite of Toscanini’s. Her career in opera went back to the 1930s. 

Amanda Lynn Bottoms /

It all started with Cindy Gaillard.

The denizens of Opera Columbus asked Cindy, an award-winning WOSU TV producer, about ideas for an opera with a local setting. Cindy suggested the great flood of 1913, which devastated Franklinton in March of that year, leaving horrible destruction and nearly 100 deaths.

Lorraine Wales called me. The longtime director of the Vail Series at Denison University, Lorraine was my dear friend, and I considered her a surrogate mom. Any call from her made a good day better. 

Maurice Seymour, MCA / Wikimedia Commons

In 1973, my high school in Lexington, Massachusetts, began making half-price theater tickets available to students. The first show opened to us was previewing for a projected Broadway run at Boston’s beautiful Colonial Theatre.

The University Press of Kentucky /

Jarmila Novotna (1907-1994) was a Czech opera singer who made movies with Fred Zinnemann, Montgomery Clift and Mario Lanza. She was a favorite of Arturo Toscanini, who brought her to New York in 1938. Just in time, as “the lights were going off all over Europe.”