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Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick talks with composer Maria Schneider about her work, which blurs the line between classical music and jazz, and her Grammy Award-winning "Winter Morning Walks."

image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

As spring springs and nature emerges fresh and fragrant, even Mozart can't resist a posy - or, in this case, two.

Mozart in a red coat
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What does every betrothed woman want from her little brother on the eve of her wedding? A naughty poem, of course.

Mozart in a red coat

It’s like a scene from one of Mozart’s operas – the master of the house snoops on his wayward maid and is shocked by what he learns.

Mozart in a red coat

If you were a pianist or composer in Europe in Mozart’s day, you definitely had competition. 

Mozart in a red coat

If you followed the previous episode of The Mozart Minute, then you likely wish to know how the birth of Wolfgang and Constanze’s firstborn turned out.

Mozart in a red coat

If you’ve ever known an expectant father, then you’ve probably witnessed that unique mixture of masculine responsibility, fear and uncontainable excitement that soon-to-be first-time dads seem to embody.

Wolfgang Mozart was no different during his wife, Constanze’s, first pregnancy, and the closer Constaze’s due date came, the greater Mozart’s obvious anticipation of the birth.

John Osborn as Rodrigo, Joyce DiDonato as Elena, and Juan Diego Flórez as Giacomo V in Rossini's "La Donna del Lago."
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  The Metropolitan Opera presents Rossini’s La donna del Lago live from the Metropolitan Opera in HD on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m.

For a list of local theaters, including Lenox and Easton, go here:

Opera Abbreviated presents my, hopefully, pithy take on operas featured on the Met’s Live in HD series. Listen up!

Mozart in a red coat

In February 1783, Mozart was a happy newlywed, an expectant father and a brilliant composer in the dawn of what he knew could be an illustrious career. In short, everything was going perfectly well for Mozart.

Well, almost everything. At the time, Mozart was having a bit of a cash flow issue. The details are a bit sketchy, but it seems Mozart owed a debt to a merchant, who had decided to call in the loan. 

Anna Netrebko in the title role of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera


We have two short operas on the same program for the next Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presentation, Saturday, February 14 at 12:30 pm.


Now then. These may not be the ideal operas for Valentines Day! Or maybe so if you’re weird.

Opera Abbreviated introduces Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle.

We have two short operas on the same program for the next Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presentation, Saturday, February 14 at 12:30 pm.

Now then. These may not be the ideal operas for Valentines Day! Or maybe so if you're weird.

Opera Abbreviated introduces Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle. You can see and hear the Met live in HD in the Columbus area at a number of participating movie theatres. Check out Fantom Events' website for a full list.

David Danzmayr in front of the Columbus skyline
Rick Buchanan

At one time, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner were friends – kind of in an Odd Couple sort of way. Wagner would complain about someone’s conducting, Mendelssohn would think it was great. No word on who was the neat one and who was the slob. I shall keep my opinion to myself.

Les contes d'Hoffmann/The Tales of Hoffmann is presented live in HD in movie theaters around the world on January 31 at 1pm. For a list of Columbus area theaters presenting the Met live in HD, checkout Fathom Events website.

What kind of guy falls in love with a greedy courtesan, a sickly soprano and a bot, all in the same opera?

The Metropolitan Opera presents Franz Lehar's delicious The Merry Widow carried live in HD throughout the world, this Saturday at 1 pm.

Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehar has been an operetta sensation since its premiere in 1905. Within a year The Merry Widow turned up in London, and settled for a long run on Broadway, the first of several.

Here's my abbreviated take on Wagner's Die Meistersinger. You can hear this opera for free on Classical 101 live from the Metropolitan on Saturday, December 13 at noon, or watch it in HD in select movie theaters around town.

The full title of Richard Wagner's only comedy is Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Comedy and Richard Wagner don't go together.