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Archive for December, 2013

Living Baroque–It’s Edgier Than You Think

Defeat of the Spanish Armada by Philip James de Loutherbourg

[Thursdays at 10:00 PM]

Queen Elizabeth Knights Pirate–The image of Sir Francis Drake torching 30 Spanish ships, returning to the Queen with gold and jewels from distant lands is a favorite lesson for school kids—if only every day at school could be that exciting. The loser in that struggle also has a good story, if lesser known to American schoolchildren; King Philip II came of age in what’s been called Spain’s Golden Age. He married Bloody Mary

The Midnight Special Counts Down to 2014

Spuyten Duyvil

Don’t forget to make WFMT the soundtrack for your New Year’s Eve! We go live at 8:00 PM with The Midnight Special. Host Rich Warren answers some questions about the more…

Long Live Champagne


Strauss waltzes were the ultimate party mix; the kind of song set one would imagine for Cinderella in glittering gemstones and long, white gloves. It was a hundred years later in 1939 (and a dark time in Vienna) when Clemens Krauss started a tradition: an annual concert of these 19th century dances to celebrate

2013: In memoriam

Van Cliburn, 1924-2013

This Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:00 AM, take time to remember some of music’s bright stars who passed in 2013 including Sir Colin Davis, Janos Starker, composer Henri Dutilleux; and Lyric Opera of Chicago maestro Bruno Bartoletti.

American Music Men

Leonard Bernstein

Thursday at 8:00 pm Thursday’s New York Philharmonic broadcast features three conductors whose talents would have been enough for superstar status in any of several genres: the comedic timing of more…

Holiday Greetings

Holly and cone

Listen to “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore, first recited to the Moore children on Christmas Eve in 1822. Have a Merry Christmas.

Christmas on WFMT


Let WFMT fill your Christmas celebrations with merry music. Reaching across the ages; across cultures, and continents—with over nine hundred years of music, from early chants to nativity celebrations by Palestrina and Vittoria, to J.S. Bach and Mel Tormé

Church Drinking Songs?

Johann Sebastian Bach

[Christmas Oratorio on Exploring Music Starts Monday, 7:00 PM] Leave it to Bill McGlaughlin to uncover the inspiration for any achievement. On Monday he begins a five-part series on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. While the term “repurposing” has only been around for thirty years, the concept is older. There is music in the Christmas Oratorio

St. Olaf on Friday, 8:00 PM

St. Olaf

One hundred years ago, a small Lutheran college in Northfield, Minnesota launched a music program, kicking it off with a Christmas concert that was so successful, they’ve been doing it ever since. St. Olaf College has distinguished itself for its first-class Christmas Festival. This year offering traditional carols

Carols from a 20th Century Lion


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky called him one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, “…an artist worthy of comparison with Stravinsky, Bartòk, Berg, Shostakovich, or Prokofiev.” Polish composer more…