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John Rittmeyer

Guitar lovers rejoice! Classical 101's weekly series Fretworks with host John Rittmeyer is an hour-long program featuring the world of the classical guitar as a solo instrument or member of an ensemble, with an occasional lute or mandolin player.

The music ranges from old to new and includes the great repertoire from Spain and Latin America as well as melodic contemporary music from around the world. You'll hear recordings of the great guitarists along with recent releases from young masters.

We hope you'll give the show a listen and make it part of your routine. It's a great way to unwind on a Saturday evening.


Spring From The Four Seasons For Three Guitars On Fretworks

1:15PM
March
20, 2014

Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons will be featured for the first Saturday of spring in an arrangement for three guitars on the next Fretworks on Classical 101.

Music of Bach on 8-String Guitar on Next Fretworks

11:46AM
March
13, 2014

On Saturday evening at 7 on classical 101, the next Fretworks broadcast will feature Paul Galbraith and his 8-string guitar for music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Handel and Music From Bizet’s Carmen on Next Fretworks

12:58PM
March
6, 2014

Conductor and arranger Peter Breiner has made an intriguing setting for guitar and orchestra of music from George Bizet’s opera Carmen. Bizet’s 1875 opera is so full of good tunes, Breiner made his arrangement into four movements lasting about 50 minutes.

Grand Early 19th Century Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

1:32PM
February
27, 2014

This week on Fretworks, we have one of the great early 19th century guitar concertos, Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto in A, Op. 30. This work from around 1812 is in Late Classical/Early Romantic style and is a joy to hear.

Xuefei Yang Plays Bach Concerto on Fretworks

12:41PM
February
20, 2014

On our next Fretworks broadcast, the exciting young Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang will play music of Johann Sebastian Bach from her CD of Bach concertos arranged for guitar and string quartet.

Mandolins, Lute and Guitar on Next Fretworks

1:29PM
February
13, 2014

On Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, the next Fretworks will include a mandolin orchestra, the International Mandolin Academy Orchestra. They are an ensemble made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Canada. They’ll play a Samba by contemporary composer Stefano Squarzino.

One, Two, and Three Guitars Plus a Concerto on Next Fretworks

3:27PM
February
6, 2014

On the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we have music of Frederic Chopin arranged for guitar trio, Catalan folk songs for solo guitar, an 18th Century concerto, originally for lute, and a tango for two guitars.

The Concierto De Aranjuez By Joaquin Rodrigo On Fretworks

12:03PM
January
30, 2014

The most popular of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Arnjuez by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo will be featured on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.

A “Concerto of the South” on the Next Fretworks

1:47PM
January
23, 2014

On our next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we’ll have some musical warmth for a cold day with the Concierto del Sur, “Concerto of the South” by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce.

Mozart, Faure and Jordan Dodson on Fretworks

Guitarist Jordan Dodson
Listen to Columbus native and classical guitarist Jordan Dodson on the next two episodes of Fretworks at 7 p.m. on Classical 101.
1:44PM
January 16, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7 on Fretworks, we’ll hear part two of our visit with guitarist Jordan Dodson recorded last November when he was in Columbus. He’ll perform a bravura virtuoso showpiece by the 19th century guitarist-composer Giulio Regondi.