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Opera’s Most Ghastly Ghouls, Ghosts, And Goblins

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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. Much of the action of L’Orfeo, one of the first …

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This gorgeous piano nocturne by Chopin might be even better arranged for violin

By Galilee Abdullah |

Chopin wrote his Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E-flat major between 1830 and 1832 and the piece was first published in 1833. The Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 is one of the most popular of Chopin’s 21 nocturnes as evidenced by the number of arrangements made for other instruments. Karol Lipiński made the first arrangement during Chopin’s lifetime for …

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Your Guide to Chopin’s Nocturnes

By Josh Davidoff |

Chopin composed nocturnes throughout his career, including 18 published between 1832 and 1846 and 3 published posthumously. The first person to title instrumental works of this kind “nocturnes” was John Field. He published a collection of piano nocturnes in the early 19th century. In a eulogistic preface to an 1859 edition of John Field’s collected nocturnes, composer Franz Liszt poetically …

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Stream Music by Puerto Rico’s Greatest Composers

By Daniel Goldberg |

Explore music of Puerto Rico’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Puerto Rico weekdays from June 12-16 through daily segments that air at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm on WFMT. Find each segment below after it airs, and discover more Latin American …

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KAIA Kids Around the World: The Music of Uruguay

By Stephen Raskauskas and Galilee Abdullah |

WFMT is proud to present KAIA Kids Around the World, a new web series that explores music from across the globe. As WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, KAIA String Quartet is taking WFMT fans on musical adventures throughout Latin America from May – July 2017. With nine different stops throughout Latin America, KAIA is exploring the music of Uruguay May …

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KAIA Quartet Plays Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 in D

By Stephen Raskauskas |

KAIA String Quartet joined comedian Robbie Ellis, singer Bethany Thomas, and storyteller Jack Zimmerman for the inaugural WFMT Cabaret at Uptown Underground. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble-in-residence, is dedicated to sharing Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. During the cabaret, the quartet played pieces from several centuries, including works by Astor Piazzolla and Joaquín Turina, that share …