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A prestigious handbell choir from Gotha, Germany, is touring southwest and central Ohio this July. The choir hails from a church where theologian Martin Luther - a leader in the Protestant Reformation - preached not once but four times; a church where Johann Pachelbel - yes, the Pachelbel famous for his "Canon in D" - was once the municipal organist.

However, the choir wouldn't exist if not for a church in Dayton, Ohio, and its brave choir members who stealthily drove the instruments behind the Iron Curtain.

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Planning on a summer backyard barbecue? Why not grill those burgers and brats to the sounds of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms?

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What would happen if you were to pair six poets with six composers and tell them to create new poems set to music?

Columbus will get the answer to that question May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Short North’s Garden Theater when six new texted musical works by Columbus poets and composers are given their world premieres in a free concert marking the culmination of the innovative poetry and music commissioning project, The Big SCORE.

Pianist Jeremy Denk's latest album is a musical odyssey. Starting with the austere tones of medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut, Denk travels in time across the keyboard all the way to the 20th Century landing on the atonality of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the minimalism of Philip Glass.

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All around the city, Columbus has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance in a big way.

As the commemorative events draw to a close later this month, Classical 101 and the Columbus Museum of Art are joining forces Saturday, Jan. 12 for Portraits of Langston, a program featuring music by two groundbreaking composers – one contemporary, one historical.

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Our hosts listen to a lot of music so, as you can imagine, we often turn to some of our favorite recordings at gift-giving time. 

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Home to Classical 101, WOSU Public Media also encompasses 89.7 NPR News, WOSU TV, WOSU Classroom and more.

We thought it would be fun to ask our WOSU coworkers to tell us about their favorite classical music works. It’s always exciting to see what door people find into the genre.

Two of the country's oldest and most venerated music institutions, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, are beginning their seasons with a change in artistic leadership. Both organizations are grappling with 21st century issues of bringing new audiences in and convincing them that centuries-old music forms are central to their lives today.

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William Preucil has resigned his post as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

His resignation over the weekend followed a Washington Post story that looked at incidents of sexual assault and harassment in the classical music world, and began with allegations that the renowned violinist sexually assaulted a student of his when he was a teacher at Miami's New World Symphony in 1998.

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Physical education, or P.E., is more than just running laps or playing dodgeball. Research has showed physical activity during the school day can help improve student academic performance. We'll take a look at what Columbus City Schools are doing to keep students physically fit, and sharp in the classroom.

Also, a look at how classical music is helping students and teachers relieve stress before the school day.

Throughout 2017, our Classical 101 hosts have blogged about anything and everything in the classical music realm — new musical works and old favorites, up-and-coming musicians and classical veterans, Central Ohio concerts and major performances around the world, and so much more.

Of the top 10 most-viewed Classical 101 blog posts this year, music education is a recurring theme. From children's books to music therapy to TBDBITL (and our incredibly successful musical instrument drive), our readers have a clear interest and investment in the next generation of musicians, proving that classical music is indeed alive and well.

Longtime Classical 101 afternoon drive-time announcer John Rittmeyer hosts his final broadcast Friday, Dec. 29, before heading into retirement after 30 years at WOSU.

Classical 101 Holiday Special: An English Pastorale

Dec 18, 2017
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What I'm calling An English Pastorale is an hour of music I've selected that I hope will suit the mood of the holiday season without sticking exclusively to Christmas music. Think of it as a brief break from some of the familiar carols and tunes we hear so much this time of year.

An English Pastorale airs at 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 and 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25 on Classical 101.

Sunday Baroque's 2017 Holiday Gift List

Dec 8, 2017
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Every year at this time, I create a list of suggestions for holiday gift giving. Starting November 19 and continuing through December, you can audition some of my recommendations from the annual Sunday Baroque Holiday Gift List.

All of us at Sunday Baroque wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season filled with laughter, peace and an abundance of good music!

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The afternoon announcer with the warm voice and the calm, gentle demeanor — on and off the air — will be signing off from Classical 101 for good at the end of December.

Classical 101 afternoon host John Rittmeyer is retiring after more than 30 years at WOSU. The friendly voice you’ve heard at the end of your workday, during your evening commutes and while you settle into your evening at home has been a steady companion for thousands of listeners through the years.

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