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Classical 101's podcasts are entertaining and informative. Listen to get the CliffsNotes of an upcoming The Met Opera Live in HD Opera, a discussion with the leader of a local orchestra or getting to know Mozart a little better.More from Classical 101 Podcasts »

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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Idomeneo

The Metropolitan Opera's next performance of Mozart's Idomeneo will be seen Live in HD in cinemas all over the world at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Opera Abbreviated presents a 10-minute podcast, giving you my take on this great opera seria.

Podcast: How 'Zelda' Inspired a Young Man to Take Up an Ancient Instrument

Can you play the ocarina? I'm supposed to know about these things, but I admit I had to go online and find out more about the ocarina. Why? Well, I can't play the ocarina. But Sean Flynn can play the ocarina, and it all began with his love of Nintendo video-game series The Legend of Zelda . Here, Sean plays his three ocarinas of varying sizes, shapes and sounds in the Classical 101 music library: Sean is working at Classical 101 as an intern. He comes to us trough a privately funded program that gives work experience to young adults on the autism spectrum. When he started, I asked him to give me a list of all of his interests. Along with gaming and Japanese culture, he let me know he could play the ocarina. We recently sat down together, and he shared his journey from bright young man to ocarina specialist: An ancient instrument lives into the 21st century, thanks to Sean pursuing an interest he found online. I've suggested he form an ocarina ensemble, both for informal music therapy

Podcast: How 'Zelda' Inspired a Young Man to Take Up an Ancient Instrument

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Opera Columbus' Mission: Seraglio

Opera Columbus presents Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio in an updated staging, complete with James Bond, dry martinis, beautiful people and villains just waiting to be vanquished. Showtimes for Mission: Seraglio include 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 (Mozart's 261st birthday) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29th at the Southern Theatre. The opera is sung in German, with English-language dialog. I recently crashed a rehearsal on the Southern Theatre, just in time to talk with stage director Michael Cavanagh , and Opera Columbus' Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye . I began by asking about the update, from a fanciful Turkish harem of Mozart's time (Mozart never came within 500 miles of Turkey in his life) to the 1960s urban cool of James Bond. From saber-carrying villains to the sleek sexiness of James Bond, you'll hear every note of Mozart's magnificent, funny opera, as Opera Columbus brings us Mission: Seraglio.

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Roméo et Juliette

Charles Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette was first performed in Paris in 1867. This year, The Metropolitan Opera is staging a new production of the opera, with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the title roles.

Mozart Minute: How a 14-Year-Old Kid Gets an Opera Commission

A previous episode of The Mozart Minute saw the 14-year-old Mozart composing his opera Mitridate, rè di Ponto on commission and for performance in Milan amid all manner of envy and intrigue. How Wolfgang the boy wonder secured a commission for such a large work at such a tender age is a story in its own right.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musician Commissions New Music for Clarinet

David Thomas is principal clarinetist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He usually performs in concert halls. But recently, he gave a house concert in the east Columbus home of two of his associates.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musician Commissions New Music for Clarinet

Composers Incorporated: C.O.D.E. "Gets Real" with Donald Erb

One of the most satisfying aspects of a good concert can be the visceral impact of seeing other everyday people, some of whom you personally know, perform onstage. It sounds so simple, but the mystique of the performer can often obscure the empathy and sincerity of their performance. The Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, aka CODE, does a fantastic job of stripping away the affectations that keep listeners at bay while providing very new and exciting musical experiences. In essence, they know how to keep it real.

Columbus Flutist and Mezzo-Soprano Lindsey Goodman 'Reaches through the Sky' with Debut Solo CD

What do a baby and a new musical work have in common? Flutist and mezzo-soprano Lindsey Goodman can tell you.

Columbus Flutist and Mezzo-Soprano Lindsey Goodman 'Reaches through the Sky' with Debut Solo CD

Opera Abbreviated: Elektra

The collaboration between composer Richard Strauss (1865-1949) and librettist Hugo von Hofmansthal (1874-1929) produced the last great run of German language operas, Der Rosenkavalier , Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella among them.Work between them began not with comedy, nor with domestic drama or fairy tales. All of that came later. Work between them began with Greek tragedy, Sophocles Electra.

The African-American Conductor: James DePreist

The wonderful Antoine Clark is a Columbus based clarinetist, teacher and conductor. Antoine recently took some time out of a ferociously busy schedule to help me with a series of podcasts on African-American conductors.

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