Listening Locally

Franklin Park Conservatory was the site of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's PNC Arts Alive Summer Music Series(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)
Franklin Park Conservatory was the site of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's PNC Arts Alive Summer Music Series(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)

A recent article touted the fact that the Philadelphia Orchestra was returning to regional radio beginning next month, giving music lovers in the Keystone State reason to cheer.

There was a time when public radio stations all across the country brought some of the finest orchestras in America into your home on a weekly basis.

Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra could be heard regularly on radio stations across the land.

Then, funding began to dry up. Corporate sponsorship, the lifeblood of orchestras everywhere, began to disappear. Funding for radio broadcasts was pulled as long-time sponsors began to reallocate funds, or simply feel they could no longer afford to support the arts in that way.

Predictably, regular orchestra broadcasts began to vanish.  The nightly appointment with one or more of the aforementioned ensembles are a thing of the past. Certainly, you still had many opportunities to hear their recordings, but the opportunity to hear music made in a live concert setting was gone.

While it is nice to know things are looking up in Philadelphia, we here in Central Ohio have had it pretty good. Both Classical 101 and 89.7 NPR News offer many opportunities to hear what goes on musically in your local community.

Whether it’s the Columbus Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Ohio State University School of Music, or any of the many other local organizations which present concert performances throughout the year, WOSU Public Media offers many opportunities to hear those performances on our air.

Our Columbus in Concerts series at 1 pm on Sundays on Classical 101 is currently featuring OSU performances. Starting on February 24, we will broadcast Columbus Symphony’s performances from this season.

One of the things which helps the arts thrive in Central Ohio is not only the individual support of the local Arts and Culture scene, but the strong corporate support from businesses in our community.

Those corporate citizens know that a thriving cultural life is key to making Columbus an attractive community in which to work, live, and do business.

Of course, all of us here hope that what you hear on the air compels you to buy a ticket and go see some of these live performances.  After all, there is simply NO experience to equal watching and hearing music being made in the moment.  

Music in Mid-Ohio, Columbus in Concert, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Columbus SymphonyColumbus Jazz Orchestra, along with the many other locally-produced programs we bring you throughout the year, are labors of love on the part of the entire staff.  Your support, not only of us, but of the hundreds of talented artists and performers who live in your community makes Columbus a very special place to live.

Read: Temple Radio to start Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts (Philly.com)

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