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A Frightful Friday Awaits You On WRTI!

Happy Halloween!

Want to hear something very scary? WRTI brings you all sorts of deliciously spooky jazz and classical music inspired by witches, ghosts, the supernatural, and horror for Halloween this Friday.


We'll make your day a ghastly and ghostly one, starting early in the morning with Liszt's Totentanz (Dance of Death) for piano and orchestra (in the 6 am hour). Regarded by many as Bach’s most frightening work, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor will creep you out in the 7 am hour. And, the magic of DukasSorcerer’s Apprentice, will fill the airwaves in the 8 am hour. 

In between, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, with its beheading, and final Witches Sabbath will provide  chills in the 11 am hour. Rachmaninoff will take us on a trip to the Isle of the Dead in the 1 pm hour.

The harp isn’t necessarily associated with fear or death, unless it's Andre Caplet’s music. Listen in the 3 pm hour for his Fantastic Tale after Edgar Allan Poe’s Mask of the Red Death, which is chilling all the way around.  And Halloween wouldn’t be complete without Bernard Herrmann's music from Psycho in the 5 pm hour.

Friday evening we'll put a spell on you with the help of Nina Simone. Vince Guaraldi will get you dancing to the Great Pumpkim Waltz and Nancy Wilson will let you know when The Masquerade is Over.  We'll start the dancing back up when Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.  And the evening wouldn't be complete without some Witchcraft and Dead Man's Blues

We'll close out Halloween with one more treat! Trumpeter David Weiss from The Cookers will join J. Michael Harrison, and we'll hear their version of "Spookarella."

Of course, if you're the type who doesn't frighten easily, we don't stand a ghost of a chance scaring you. But frightened or not, you're sure to enjoy these and many more selections we'll play all day this Halloween.