A Festive Farewell to Summer Festival Season on The American Sound

color photograph of a whirling carousel at dusk, people standing around by the carousel's edge
Tune in for a festive farewell to summer festival season on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday, on Classical 101.
21, 2014

in the waning days of summer festival season, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick shares her list of the top 10 reasons to love – and miss – summer festivals. Join Jennifer Hambrick for a festive farewell to summer festival season on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday, on Classical 101.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Peter Sellars (l) and John Adams
August 21, 2014

A new oratorio by John Adams and Peter Sellars, well worth hearing.

A Guitar Quintet and More Mandolin on Next Fretworks

Tokyo Sting QuartettPhoto: Marco Borggreve
The Tokyo Sting Quartet will be featured on Saturday's Fretworks.
21, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7 on Fretworks, I’ll have Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita and the Tokyo String Quartet for their recording of the Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D by Luigi Boccherini.

Licia Albanese Dies

21, 2014

Some memories of soprano Licia Albanese, who died last week at the age of 105!

Where are All of the American Composers?

Donald and Augusta
Augusta Read Thomas with composer and OSU Professor Emeritus Donald Harris before a performance of Ms. Thomas' work 'Jubilee' by the New Albany Symphony in 2012.
20, 2014

Most of us can name a fair number of American composers – Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams.  All have written great music which has become part of the musical landscape.   How about these composers?   Nico Muhly, Amy Wurtz, Michael Daugherty, Augusta Read Thomas and Joan Tower?  Possibly not so familiar.That will [...]

Jean Sibelius on Symphony @ 7

Jean Sibelius in 1913
Jean Sibelius in 1913
August 19, 2014

Beginning this evening, I’ll be featuring the symphonies of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

World War I Soldier Carved Battle Diary into His Violin

color photograph of a World War I trench in the Dolomites
A century after the beginning of World War I, a soldier's violin tells tales of the trenches.
August 19, 2014

Most soldiers tell stories of their time in the trenches. But one British World War I soldier let his violin do the talking.

Mozart Minute: Wolfgang Pounds the Pavement, Part 2

image of a portrait of Mozart wearing a bright red coat
Catch The Mozart Minute every Friday at noon during the Amadeus Deli, and listen to the podcast at wosu.org/podcasts.
August 15, 2014

There might be worse things than being an organist at the court of Versailles. Then again, if you believe Mozart, there might not.

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Heitor Villa-Lobos at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
August 14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Franz Schubert: A Jazz Inspiration?

13, 2014

If one of the primary aims of jazz improvisation is the creation of melody, could there be a more inspirational concentration of examples than in Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C?