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Classical Music to Rattle Your Bones on Día de Muertos

The Catrina, or Day of the Dead doll, is one of the most popular figures of Mexican Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Day of the Dead celebrations, which occur during two days, November 1 and 2, correspond with the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Day of the Dead isn’t about being scary – it’s about remembering those who have left us. Enjoy these 13 pieces that are inspired by this rich Mexican holiday.

31 Freaky & Frightening Classical Works to Haunt Your Halloween


Looking to pull a horror movie marathon this Halloween? Or maybe do a two-step with a ghost? No matter what your plans, chances are there’s a classical composer out there that’s written the soundtrack to your Halloween.

15 Composers and Their Feline Friends


Everybody loves cats – especially composers! Who is better company during all of those solitary nights composing at the keyboard, or arranging scores for ensembles? Enjoy these 15 composers with their feline friends, and tells us what music you and your cat(s) enjoy most in the comments!

Stream: Israelis and Palestinians Play Under Barenboim’s Baton at United Nations Headquarters


Daniel Barenboim conducts  a live concert at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Saturday, October at 11:30 AM CST which you can stream below. The “Concert for the Understanding more…

Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, and Goblins


The opera house can be a scary place – and we’re not talking about all those crazy singers and their shenanigans backstage! Many operas contain ghastly ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Here are some of the most frightening pieces from the history of opera.

8 Tips to Better Your Bach from Masaaki Suzuki

BJC Masaaki Suzuki Frauenkirche Dresden 15 november 2008
photo: Marco Borggreve

Decades ago, many musicians played Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms all the same way. Now we know that music of every era requires special techniques to bring out its best qualities. I spoke with conductor and musician Masaaki Suzuki, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Bach, about how musicians can improve their Bach.

Violinist Joshua Bell Visits WFMT


Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood delighted WFMT listeners on Friday afternoon with their Impromptu debut. The program included works by Vitali, Franck, Kreisler, and Brahms. To listen to more…

Video: Opera’s Most Famous Stars On Four Legs


Opera’s biggest stars on four legs are Lenny and Tristan Pisaroni, a golden retriever and a miniature Dachshund. Talent runs in their family. Their father and grandfather are renowned opera more…

Inside the Beautiful, Bizarre World of Butoh


One of the most unique styles of dance today is undoubtedly butoh. I spoke with dancer and choreographer Ushio Amagatsu as he tours across North America with his company, Sanaki Juku. The New York Times called Sankai Juku, “One of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen.” Read our conversation to learn more about butoh, Amagatsu’s own personal style, and his latest work, UMUSUNA: Memories Before History.

10 Times Joshua Bell Tore It Up on the Violin


Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell comes to the WFMT studios for a live concert and conversation Friday, October 23, at 12:00 PM CST. As we gear up to host one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time, we are looking back at 10 times he tore it up on the violin. Tell us your favorite recordings or performances in the comments, and don’t forget to tune in!