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Playlist: WFMT Selects Classical Music to Help You Spring into Spring

You made it; the frigid, blustery days of winter have finally passed, and spring is here! Here is some music that captures the season's irrepressible spirit.

VIDEO | Award-winning Russian Renaissance shares music for balalaika, domra, and accordion in a WFMT Facebook Live

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, WFMT hosted Russian Renaissance in a Facebook Live from Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel. The versatile quartet, which won the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize competition at the University of Michigan, shared music by Zequinha de Abreu, Monti, and Tchaikovsky arranged for balalaika, domra, and accordion. Enjoy their performance below!

This Waltz Once Attributed to Strauss Is Actually by Indigenous Mexican Composer Juventino Rosas

Perhaps the next time you hear a waltz, you'll think Mexico City instead of Vienna.

How Lydia Mendoza, the First Queen of Tejano Music, Crossed Borders and Shaped a Tradition

Decades before fans called Selena Quintanilla-Pérez the Queen of Tejano music, singer and 12-string guitarist Lydia Mendoza held the crown as Tejano music’s first female icon. Born in 1916 to parents who migrated to Texas during the Mexican Revolution, Mendoza began her music career in a family band that performed on street corners and in open-air markets to make ends ...

The Women of Nordic Affect Share What Makes the Music of Iceland Some of the Coolest Stuff on Earth

Learn about what makes Iceland's music scene so unique from the only group that's performed with both Björk and The English Concert.