By Rodrigo Barreto de Oliveira [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For WHQR Commentator, Nan Graham, the popular October/Halloween mantra "Boo!" has a triple meaning: 

My Top 5: Deathly Tales about Dead Composers

Oct 30, 2015

There's nothing better than a good story.  The history of classical music is chock full of them.  In the spirit of Halloween, I'm delighted to share with you 5 of my favorite tales related to the death (or after-life) of composers.  These range from the stubborn to the eerie to the just plain bizarre, arranged in ascending order. 

5. Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687).  We've heard the warning about not shooting ourselves in the foot.  Perhaps we should also take care not to stab ourselves in the foot.


It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and perhaps it is:  A Zombie, a Vampire, and a Werewolf Walk Into a Bar... is a new play written by local author & playwright Calie Voorhis.

Jeremy Keith

A new poll finds that 62% of voters have a favorable opinion of Halloween.  And, as WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, 26% say they’ll be dressing up this year.

More Democrats than Republicans say they’ll be donning costumes this year, but among those -- more Republicans than Democrats had decided on their costume at the time they were polled.   That’s according to the latest data from Public Policy Polling.