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Classical 101 Collaborates with Columbus Landmarks to Present the Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour

interior of St. Joseph Cathedral
Columbus Landmarks
St. Joseph Cathedral is one of four stops on the Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour, presented by Columbus Landmarks and Classical 101 on Dec. 2.

Bundle up, put on your walking shoes and get yourselves ready for a tour of four beautiful downtown Columbus churches and an afternoon of music in sacred spaces. 

The Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour is a great way for you to get in the holiday spirit and support Classical 101at the same time.

Join Columbus Landmarks and your favorite Classical 101 hosts Saturday, Dec. 2 to hear seasonal music and learn about the architecture and history of some of the landmark churches along Broad Street.

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Trinity Episcopal Church

We'll be visiting St. Joseph Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church, Broad Street United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church. 

Each of these downtown churches offers significant architectural beauty and fine music programs. We'll be experiencing both beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. At each stop, you'll learn about the architecture, the history of the buildings and their modern mission.

St. Joseph Cathedral Schola, directed by Richard Fitzgerald, will sing an Ave Maria setting. Here's a sample from a recent Compline service in the cathedral:

First Congregational Church houses not one, but two magnificent pipe organs. Kevin Jones is the minster of music at First Congregational Church, and he'll be demonstrating these great instruments for us Dec. 2.

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Columbus Landmarks
Broad Street United Methodist Church

At Broad Street United Methodist Church, you'll not only enjoy a beautiful space — you'll be singing! Music director Gary Everts will lead the Broad Street UMC choir in a Christmas anthem as part of a community carol sing.

And what would the holidays be without bells? Kevin Wines, music director of Trinity Episcopal Church on Capital Square will offer a performances by Trinity's carillon bell sexton, Nick Tepe. 

These four congregations are part of the Classical 101 family, hosting concerts that have been featured on Music in Mid-Ohio, as well as the occasional live broadcast.

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Columbus Landmarks
First Congregational Church

At the conclusion of the Columbus Landmarks tour, Classical 101 donors will enjoy a members-only reception at The Columbus Athenaeum. There'll be refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, the company of Classical 101 hosts and music provided by the Chamber Music Connection.

Make a year-end contribution to WOSU Classical 101 before Nov. 27, and receive two tickets to the Great Hallelujah Holiday Tour and Classical 101 reception as a thank-you gift for qualifying donations.

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.