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A New Season of 'Concerts @ Ohio State' Coming to Classical 101

Ohio State University

Concerts @ Ohio State, presenting performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music at Ohio State University, begins a new broadcast season at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.

These Sunday afternoon programs through March will be devoted to concerts performed in Weigel Hall and Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State's campus. Ensembles represented include the Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, Wind Symphony, Symphonic BandFlute Troupe and chamber music configurations from duets to small orchestras.

Season highlights include:

  • CellOhio's performance of music by the iconoclastic "downtown" composer Julius Eastman
  • A dynamite performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Pathetique symphony
  • A glorious all-Liszt piano recital by Ryan Behan
  • Michael Rene Torres playing Charles Koechlin's Epitaphe a Jean Harlow
  • Franz Schubert's Winterreise with Stanley Workman and Ed Bak
  • The local premiere of Charles Wakefield Cadman's opera Ramala

I'm delighted to introduce to a wider audience William Ballenger, the new director of the Ohio State School of Music. His Flourish for Flutes opens the series, played by the OSU Flute Troupe and directed by Katherine Borst Jones.

Here's the Concerts @ Ohio State schedule for January. Tune in to Classical 101 Sunday afternoons at 1, or stream us.

Jan. 7
Ballenger: Flourish for Flutes
Flute Troupe conducted by Katherine Borst Jones

Grainger: Brigg Fair; Handel in the Strand
Holst: First Suite in E-flat
Symphonic Band conducted by Scott A. Jones 

Liszt: Apres une Lecture de Dante
Ryan Behan, piano

Eastman: Stay On It

Jan. 14
Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla 
OSU Symphony conducted by Mark Lane Swanson 

Koechlin: Epitaphe de Jean Harlow 
Ravel: Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques
Michael Rene Torres, saxophone
Thomas Wells, piano
Erin Helgeson Torres, flute

Gallus: Haec Dies
Brahms: O wusst ich doch den Weg zuruck
OSU Men’s Glee Club conducted by Robert Ward 

Wells: A Festive Overture 
Ainger: Music for Wind Symphony 
OSU Wind Symphony conducted by Russel C. Mikkelson

Via: Appalachian Suite
OSU Flute Troupe conducted by Katherine Borst Jones 

Jan. 21
Schubert: selections from Winterreise ("Gute Nacht," "Gefrorne Tranen," "Der Lindenbaum," "Die Post," "Der Leiermann")
Stanley Workman, tenor
Ed Bak, piano

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c, Op. 98
OSU Symphony conducted by David E. Becker 

Jan. 28
Koors: Sonata for Xylophone
Susan Powell, xylophone 

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms 
OSU Symphonic Choir conducted by Scott McCoy

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat suite
Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann
Ryan Behan, piano

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.
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