Classical music

color photo of person reading a book on a hammock
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Maybe you’ve dipped your toe into classical music and liked it. Are you ready to venture a little deeper into the pool?

A number of years ago, I remember playing Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and commenting on air that it always made me want to curl up in a hammock under a sunbeam with a good book.

colorphoto of Benedict Cumberbatch and James Rhodes sitting at a grand piano
from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm4OKds30k8

A couple of years ago, The New Yorker published a cartoon by Joe Dator that truly catches the spirit of our times.

In the single panel, a pregnant woman undergoing an ultrasound exam looks befuddledly at a face on the ultrasound monitor screen. The mouth of the woman giving the exam is slightly open, as though in mid-speech. The cartoon’s caption reads, “Oh, don’t worry. That’s Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s in everything.” View the cartoon here.

WOSU Public Media

This holiday season, join Classical 101 for the very best music fit for any occasion. Here's a quick peak at some of the great programming we have in store between December 19th - January 1st. We're here to help you celebrate, remember and enjoy the season of giving with the best of the classical repertoire. 

WOSU Public Media

You listen to Classical 101 every day in your car, in the kitchen as you cook, maybe even with your headphones at work. But have you taken part in joining the Classical 101 team to provide music all day, every day?

This holiday season—this Thursday, December 8th, specifically— the Classical 101 team would like to invite you to join in and help give the gift of music... And perhaps even take home a CD or two in return. 

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Wikipedia

Members of the Cleveland Orchestra lent their prestige and skill to inspire the home-team crowd by performing the National Anthem at the opening of game 7 of the World Series this week--but the Indians still lost.

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill, WOSU

Starting November 5th, you’ll be hearing a new voice on the air;  WOSU’s new Classical 101 Program Director, Cheryl Dring! In addition to taking on the role of Program Director, you can hear Ms. Dring on-air, Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

In preparation for the release of her new album, opera singer and American star Joyce DiDonato invites visitors to her site to describe where they "find peace." The mezzo-soprano has worked with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro to record the upcoming album In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

Of course, the title and content beg the question: how do politics and Classical music fit together? Should they?

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Whether you're in the mood for some Handel or feeling more like Stravinsky's Firebird would light up your day, Classical 101 has something for everyone each week. Daily programming such as The Amadeus Deli provide the staples— the meat and potatoes of Classical repertoire— while special evening shows such as Fretworks and The American Sound add a little spice to the musical palette. 

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