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Marin Alsop: “Why there aren’t more women on the podiums”

Conductor and violinist Marin Alsop (Photo: Adriane White)

When conductor Marin Alsop became the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, she was the first woman to hold this position with a major American orchestra. She’s also the first woman to more…

Pumpkin-Parmesan Gnocchi, Turkey, Sage, Pears and Pecans


The day after Thanksgiving, everyone’s fridge is full of leftovers. Here’s a day after dish that has a little bit of everything: pumpkin-parmesan gnocchi with bits of leftover turkey, pecans, and pears.

An American Dance Craze Hits Europe


European music took root in the Americas as the colonies began to expand. But the more enthusiastic cultural exchange arguably occurred on the other side of the Atlantic. Learn more about how early American dance created a craze in Europe.

Bourbon-Sage Gobbler


Here’s a seasonal drink for you to enjoy the day of the big feast: a bourbon-sage cocktail. Chef Sherman has mixed this cocktail with Wynton Marsalis’s rendition of Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves”: he thinks both are the perfect way for you to get Thanksgiving dinner started.

Thousands Attend Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree Lighting


Thousands gathered on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 to celebrate the 102nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Previously staged in Daley Plaza, the city’s Christmas tree can now more…

Frozen Cranberry Parfait, Rosemary Crust


This unique Thanksgiving dessert just for WFMT listeners: a frozen cranberry parfait with rosemary crust and topped with an Italian meringue.

Bacon-Hazelnut Brussels Sprouts


This is a side dish that everyone at your Thanksgiving table will enjoy: bacon-hazelnut Brussels sprouts. In this recipe, the leaves of the Brussels sprouts are separated, one by one, and cook quickly right before they hit the table.

A Menu From 1716 Answers: “What Did Bach Eat?”


J.S. Bach was a prolific composer, and apparently a prolific eater, as well! His wife, Anna Magdalena Bach, recorded an epic meal that he enjoyed after dedicating the new organ in Halle on May 3, 1716. The meal had almost as many courses as he had children!

Quiz: Match the Composer to His Favorite Food


Some composers ate to live, others lived to eat. Can you match the composer to his favorite food?

Recipes Composed by Classical Composers


Did you know that some of your favorite composers composed recipes as well? Here are a few culinary masterpieces composed by Rossini, Verdi, Ned Rorem, Puccini, and Janáček.