Live at Classical 101

color photo of Matt Haimovitz playing the cello on the roof of an urban building
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You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently.

He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, has championed new music and sought out unusual venues in which to perform it.

Cellist Juliana Soltis performs selections from new album Going Off Script in the Classical 101 studio.
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When you think of improvisation in music, you probably think of saxophone lines sailing through the smoke of a jazz club, not cello riffs frilling up a piece by Bach.

But Bach was a man of his times, a happenin’ kind of guy who set and also followed the musical trends of his day, which encouraged performers to ornament his and other composers’ works.

The English early music group Red Priest performs in the Classical 101 studio.
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Routine is great, but once in a while it’s good to leave the box of familiarity and do something a tad off-plumb.

Violinists Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa of the Carpe Diem String Quartet perform in the Classical 101 studio on September 25, 2019.
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It’s a busy week for the Carpe Diem String Quartet. All packed into a series of concerts this week here in Columbus, they have the North American premiere of a new string quartet piece, film art, photographs and a bunch of music, new and iconic.

Between Thursday and Sunday, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform three concerts for all ages at the Columbus Museum of Art.

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“I think of her as the Beyoncé of the Baroque.”

Matthew Bonder

Two brand-new musical works – involving cutting-edge technology and offering commentary on subjects as diverse as a brassy night in Vegas and the wild and woolly world of social media – will receive their world premieres in Columbus this weekend, as Capital University’s Conservatory of Music celebrates its 100th anniversary. 

A classical string quartet covers a Guns N’ Roses hit.

Outlandish? Why, yes! But it happened right here in the Classical 101 studio yesterday afternoon, when Carpe Diem String Quartet stopped by on the eve of their first concert of the 2018-19 season – a season packed with a new concert series, a new performance home and a whole bunch of other new stuff to boot.

If music be the food of love, then you'll probably need something to drink with it. 

For many instrumentalists, the idea to "sing through your instrument" is just a figure of speech. But for Cleveland-based Ogni Suono saxophone duo, it's an actual way of life.

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Earlier today in the Classical 101 studios, madness reigned supreme.

It's always a good time in the Classical 101 studios — but it was an especially good time recently when things here got a little jazzy.

Actually, more than a little.

Columbus is becoming a hotbed of new music activity, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is right in the thick of it.

color photo of REBEL Baroque musicians holding instruments
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Last Friday afternoon, Classical 101 really did go for Baroque.

Our crew went to Capital University’s Mees Auditorium for a rehearsal of acclaimed ensemble REBEL Baroque and two of the world’s foremost Baroque dancers, Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird.

color photo of conductor JoAnn Falletta conducting
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This week, I had the pleasure of talking with JoAnn Falletta. Music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony orchestras, Maestra Falletta is in Columbus to conduct the Columbus Symphony, 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 in the Ohio Theatre.

color photo of the musicians of Quartet Davis
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Think you know what a string quartet sounds like? Quartet Davis might have you thinking again.

Founded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Quartet Davis blends a classical string quartet sound with influences from jazz, bluegrass, R&B and folk music to create a truly unique musical experience. This creative, young quartet joined me last week in the Classical 101 studios for an intimate interview and performance.