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Concerts@Ohio State March 6 2016: Prokofiev, Finzi and Kurt Weill

Whatever the ensemble, the musicians of the Ohio State University School of Music bring programs to life onstage and on air each week.

Concerts@Ohio State presents performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music at The Ohio State University, Sunday afternoons at 1 on Classical 101.

We're getting down to the final two shows of this season's Concerts@Ohio State. Next week we'll hear Beethoven's Mass in C and Brahms Alto Rhapsody. I'll have more to say about that later. This Sunday we have a nice mix of the sublime, pastoral and the naughty.

The OSU Symphony will be heard in the overture to Mozart's Die Zauberflöteconducted by Antoine Clark .

Maestro Clark is my collaborator on our series of podcasts devoted to African American maestri. More importantly he is the Music Director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, welcome constituents to  Classical 101's  Music in Mid Ohio. Even more importantly, Clark is a fine musician from whom I expect great things.

Long before Jeffrey McMullen was born, I sang Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring. I was a riot. Mr. McMullen is a fine young artist. He sings Schuanard in Opera Columbus's production of La boheme  and I'm promised that the fish net shirts won't give way to bare bottoms or anything else in this new staging. McMullen is accompanied by Casey L. Cook Cook in Finzi's lovely song cycle, part of this Sunday afternoon's program.

Kia-Hui Tan is on the string faculty at OSU. I'm delighted to have her performance of the Violin Sonata in F  by Prokofiev for our Sunday broadcast. She's joined by pianist Edward Bak who can play anything splendidly. If you don't believe me, you'll also hear Ed in a selection from Kurt Weill's Maria Galante,  with the talented Emily Brand. And you know what's the best bonus? We'll hear Mark Rubenstein on the accordion. Mark's in charge  of all the recordings at the School of Music. Thank you, Mark!

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.