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

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The world watched in horror as the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral burned yesterday. Musicians began asking, but what about the organ?

color photo of Notre Dame Cathedral
Bill Miller

Had Notre Dame Cathedral actually burned to the ground in yesterday's devastating fire, we would have lost one of the architectural wonders of the Western world – and so much more. We would have lost the locus of striking musical innovations that helped make music – whether Beethoven's symphonies or Beyoncé's latest hit – what it is today.

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Holy Week offers an abundance of music in the Columbus area, both in places of worship and, of course, on the radio.

Veteran Hollywood composer Stephen Edwards has seen a lot of drama, death and destruction on the silver screen but, until his mother passed away, he had experienced very little of it in his own life.

“I was kind of left not knowing what to do with myself,” Edwards said in a recent phone interview. "It was a feeling of helplessness, like I couldn’t do anything to bring her back, and I couldn’t do anything to help her."


Every week is concert week on Classical 101, and we've got the playlists to prove it. Whether you adventure through the sounds of the United States with Jennifer Hambrick's The American Sound, or join Christopher Purdy for music made by musicians you might even see at your local grocery store with Music in Mid-Ohio; there's something on-air for everyone. Check out what's in store for this week!

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Every week is concert week on Classical 101. Tune in to hear everything from Ravel to Bach with witty insight and conversation from hosts in-the-know. Here's a sneak peek of what's on the menu for next week, March 26th- April 2nd:

Sunday, March 26th: 


1:00 PM, Columbus Symphony Orchestra broadcast with Christopher Purdy

Tchaikovsky  Symphony 4 in f, Op. 36

3:00 PM, Easter Sunday broadcast from First Community Church of Columbus

A love for the choral music of J.S. Bach shouldn't be limited to Holy Week. Yet that's when I find myself reaching for the Passions, both the St John and the St Matthew.

Messiah, and any other Handel oratorio, I can listen to any time, "all day, every day." I never tire of them. I never tire of Bach exactly, but the Passions demand a different level of attentiveness and a deeper mind set, at least for me.