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How Mozart Got Stiffed: The Story of Les petits riens

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How dancers might have looked in Mozart's day.
22, 2011

Here’s some fun video of the choreography for Mozart’s only ballet, Les petits riens. The choreography got rave reviews from the Parisians. Too bad Mozart was neither listed in the program nor paid for his music.

Quirky Animation Brings Copland’s Hoe-Down to Life

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Copland's ballet score, Rodeo premiered with choreography by Agnes de Mille in 1942.
June 16, 2011

This stop-motion animation video by Eleanor Stewart brings the Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo to life.

Visit the Amadeus Deli at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 3

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Even Mozart loves a street fair - or an arts festival.
26, 2011

Next Friday, June 3, you’ll be able literally to step into the Amadeus Deli when I broadcast a special two-hour Deli, 12-2 p.m., live from the grounds of the Columbus Arts Festival.

The Single Oboe Theory: Ensemble Sonnerie’s Bach Orchestral Suites

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Ensemble Sonnerie's recording of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites simply can't be topped for compelling historical interpretation and sheer beauty of sound.
May 23, 2011

Ensemble Sonnerie’s Grammy-Nominated Bach album substitutes an oboe in the solo role for Bach’s Orchestral Suite in A minor, BWV 1067, a spot typically reserved for the flute.

Cubicle Concert: The Fry Street Quartet

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Classical 101 was thrilled to welcome the Fry Street Quartet for a live, in-studio performance!
29, 2011

The Fry Street Quartet visited the Classical 101 studios to perform music of Beethoven in anticipation of their appearance at the Southern Theatre.

Classical Haiku: Maurice Ravel

April 29, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku goes to Ravel, for making instruments dance and showing us the soul of the orchestra.

Classical Haiku: Richard Wagner

April 28, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku goes to Richard Wagner, whose music dramas might be a bit much, but only too much of a good thing.

Classical Haiku: Giuseppe Verdi

April 27, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku celebrates Verdi’s flair for the dramatic, still writ large on the great stages of the world.

Classical Haiku: Claude Debussy

April 25, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku goes to Debussy, whose music takes us to an island paradise – if only in our minds.

Classical Haiku: Johannes Brahms

April 12, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku is for the bachelor composer Johannes Brahms, who so loved the world – and his music says as much.