Classical Showcase Features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
23, 2014

Classical Showcase continues its series of concerts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland on Friday evening at 7 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons.  They’ll play a program of music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Ravel.

Modern Americana and More on The American Sound

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Enjoy Americana with a modern accent on The Americana Sound, Saturday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Classical 101.
23, 2014

Join Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick for some modern Americana – music that echoes America’s past even as it drives headlong into the future – on The American Sound, Saturday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Classical 101.

A Mandolin Concerto and Iberia Suite on Fretworks

23, 2014

Fretworks usually features the classical guitar, and there is plenty of that on the next program, but this week, I’ll also have a mandolin concerto from the end of the 18th century by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Hummel was a student of Mozart for two years as a youngster and later a friend of Beethoven Vienna.

Angels and Demons: A Menu Fit for The Columbus Symphony

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra directed by Vladimir Kulenovic.
Vladimir Kulenovic directing The Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 'Angels and Demons'. (scheduled for October 31- November 1)
21, 2014

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has arranged a program of diabolical and heavenly music sure to whet any appetite to be conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, featuring soloists Liza Ferschtman (violin) and Betsy Sturdevant ( bassoon) for performances October 31st and November 1st. Classical101 has a menu to match the mood.

Sleepers Awake to J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata

21, 2014

If you think you get cranky when you miss that first morning cup of java, how about this: “If I couldn’t, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish, I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat.”

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr-Beethoven: Making Music by Force

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr
20, 2014

Much of Beethoven’s music seemed to have been driven into the page with a hammer and chisel…

Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars by Rodrigo on Fretworks

17, 2014

Our next Fretworks program on Classical 101 will feature the Concierto Madrigal by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. It’s a concerto for two guitars, not quite as well-known as the more famous Concierto de Aranjuez. The Concierto Madrigal was written in the form of a suite and is based on the Renaissance madrigal “Felices ojos mios” (Happy Eyes of Mine).

Mozart Minute: The Archbishop

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Catch The Mozart Minute every Friday at noon during the Amadeus Deli, and listen to The Mozart Minute podcast at
October 17, 2014

Mozart didn’t like his boss. The feelings were mutual. So Mozart quit.

Ohio State University’s Scott McCoy Sings Schubert’s ‘Wintereisse’

Dr. Scott McCoy's 'Wintereisse' slide from his OSU performance, October 13th, 2014.
17, 2014

This week, as a part of the Ohio State University School of Music’s program to offer exceptional student and faculty performances at no cost, no ticket required, Dr. Scott McCoy presented the song cycle in its entirety to much audience acclaim.Yesterday, I sat down with Dr. McCoy in his office to discuss how and why the director of the Helen Swank Voice Teaching and Research Lab and Professor of Voice Science and Pedagogy would take on such an extensive and demanding work in the middle of a busy semester. His responses were nothing short of heartfelt consideration for the nature of the work, the necessity of presenting its entirety, and his deep empathy for the work of Schubert.

Was Beethoven Good or Bad for Music?

Musikinstrumente: Graf-Flügel
One of Beethoven's pianos, on display at the Beethoven-haus Bonn
17, 2014

Have we killed creativity?