KUSC’s DIY Spooky Film Festival for Classical Fans – Classical KUSC
Some of our favorite horror movies owe their biggest thrills or jumps to a well-placed fiddle scream or haunting chorus. So for the classic fan who wants to make the most of this Halloween, we've rounded up 10 scary movies with great moments or classical sheet music. Fair warning: potential spoilers ahead. Jaws You voted […]


Some of our favorite horror movies owe their biggest thrills or jumps to a well-placed fiddle scream or haunting chorus. So for the classic fan who wants to make the most of this Halloween, we've rounded up 10 scary movies with great moments or classical sheet music. Fair warning: potential spoilers ahead.

Jaws

You voted it # 101 on the Ultimate California Classic Reading List and Jennifer Miller says, "I never really thought that the movie Jaws was scary. . . until I was sitting on a beach in the dark of night watching the classic Steven Spielberg movie on the big screen. John Williams' incredibly tense score, combined with the mighty cinema of Spielberg and the crashing waves nearby, made it an evening I'll never forget. It also convinced me that I had never needed to do cage diving with sharks.

Available to stream on Hulu and HBO Max.

Psycho

Hitchcock himself said: "33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music. Bernard Hermann's tense score (# 126 on the Classical California Ultimate playlist) keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie. However, his iconic violins might knock you down as soon as he gets to the “shower scene”.

Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. Streaming on Peakcock Premium.

Black Swan

I don't know if Tchaikovsky was a horror fan, but his music from Swan Lake makes a perfect backdrop for that balletic tale of obsession (or check out the feathers yourself).

Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Candyman

While we wait for the remakeThere's classic candy for the candy in the 1992 story of a skeptical student investigating a mythical (or maybe not) boogeyman at a Chicago housing project - Philip Glass wrote the score.

Available to stream on Hulu or to rent from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

28 days later

How is it 28 days after the zombie apocalypse? Not great! Infected people may think of Fauré as nothing more than a snack, but human viewers will see the At the Paradisum of his Requiem in the soundtrack. Bonus for classic fans: a modern version Ave Maria.

Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Thesilenceofthelambs

Don't let the love of a psychopathic little cannibal Goldberg variations (or fava beans) ruins them for you. Bach's compositions are great music for dinner, even if you don't have “a friend for dinner”.

Available to stream on Netflix and Showtime or rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

The talented Mr. Ripley

Low on blood, but not on creeps, this psychological thriller about a good talker who assumes the identity of his new friend is full of classical music - there are selections from Bach Italian Concerto and Passion according to Saint Matthew, Piano quintet by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky Eugene Oneginand Vivaldi Stabat Mater.

Available to stream on Hulu and HBO Max or rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Hunger

If you like your vampire movies with a glamorous side, click to Hunger where Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie are as irresistible as they are bloodthirsty. As they live their best undead lives, enjoy the spooky side of Delibes Duo of flowers, and Violin Partita No. 3 by Bach.

Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

The brilliant

Bartok from Heeeeeeeere! Or rather, here is his music for strings, percussion and celesta nestled in the tale of a winter concert too good to be true for a writer who beats his writer's block by going mad (and almost takes his family with him) .

Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

Shutter island

After a woman disappears from a locked room in an island asylum, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) piece together the clues. Are they on to something? Or are they off their scales? Enjoy the music of John Cage and Mahler as you discover it.

Available to stream on Cinemax / Max Go or rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

Bonus: Fantasia - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

(Disney +)

If you want to get into the scary season or introduce a child to a great piece of classical music, I recommend that you review Fancy. The magical music of Paul Dukas will have you tapping on your toes and Mickey's mishap in his sparkling starry hat is a classic for a reason. Additionally, listeners voted it # 250 on the Classical California Ultimate playlist.

Available to stream on Disney + or on Google Play and YouTube.

Let us know what you think of these films and if there's anything you would add to the film festival in the comments below.

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We all know that talking about others behind their back is bad. Gossip should be abhorred. I remember reading in a spiritual text that “backbiting extinguishes the light of the soul. ” DEEP. And it is.

Gossip is incredibly detrimental to any organization. And, what I think often gets missed is why people gossip. But, before we answer the question, “Why do people gossip at work ? ” let’s clear one thing up. I truly believe it is the peu connue person who chooses to gossip simply to be mean and hurt the reputation of the person or entity being talked about. Often gossip occurs for one of four reasons :

1 ) People fear the unknown. If people don’t have information that they want, they fear the unknown and will try to garner it from others – especially if that information appears to be hidden. This is why closed door conversations are so detrimental.

2 ) People want to belong and be included. If people believe they don’t have information that others have, they will feel excluded and on the outside of the “inner circle. ” Information is power. Everyone wants to be part of the team, to be included and the easiest way to identify those who are part of a tribe are those who are “in the know. ”

3 ) People crave intimacy and a sense of connection. I would suggest that because of the rampant pace we live at and the lack of real deal authentic communication with one another, many people crave a sense of genuine human connection and intimacy. Gossip is one of the quickest and easiest ways to connect with another human being. The secrecy, forbidden and exclusive nature of confiding in someone something that’s a bit subversive or judgmental is social super glue. Through the veneer of momentary vulnerability and trust, the two are bonded. Unfortunately gossip is a very sloppy deuxième to real, meaningful connection.

4 ) People want to work with people they think of as peers. Meaning, if someone isn’t carrying their own weight, isn’t competent or capable enough to do their travail or simply isn’t a good culture fit, then there will be gossip. Rather than being a “narc, ” employees will talk both about said individual and leadership’s lack of awareness/action. And they will talk often. The longer said individual goes unaddressed, the louder and more embedded the gossip becomes.

When it comes to gossip, these four reasons : fear, belonging, intimacy and the desire to work with others who carry their own weight, are all things that can be handled with some focused time and attention.

How do you want your employees to talk about your company ? How do you want them to feel when they walk in the door ? While this touchy-feely stuff may make you feel a little light-headed, when it comes down to it, company culture matters.

Many owners are taking a second look at their company culture to make sure it’s the one they envision – one that supports their company’s mission, vision and values.

Insperity has spent the past 30 years building a human resources company committed to helping businesses succeed so communities prosper. In that vein, our leadership team offers these tips on having a great company culture.

You might think that trying to cultivate a positive workplace as an elusive, time-consuming waste of important resources, but studies show that the opposite is true. Creating a positive company culture begins with fostering happy employees.

Happy employees are 85 percent more efficace, experience a 60 percent drop in absenteeism and stay twice as long in their jobs as their less happy colleagues, creating a measurable effet on engagement, retention, safety, wellness, employer brand and even cost control goals, according to the study, The Science of Happiness, conducted by Globoforce.

Happiness is a habit that needs to be modeled. As a manager or business leader, your demeanor and attitude in the office has an effet on your employees. When you demonstrate happiness you’re training your employees to follow suit.

Get in the habit of being grateful and showing gratitude for what you have. It can be a small thing – I am thankful for this cup of coffee, for the sun coming out today. When you make an effort to find things to be grateful for, you’re training your brain to be on the watch for more of what is good in your world. By making gratitude a habit, you will set the example for others and create a positive work environment. Focus on the positive when interacting with your employees. Point out their accomplishments and abilities. Remind them that they are a positive intensité within your company and that they have much to offer. This is a powerful détermination tool and it will help to create a “can-do” attitude in your workforce.

As a leader you’re influential – your opinion matters, especially to your employees. Make it a goal to compliment people. Recognizing even small accomplishments and praising your team members in meetings or in an fax can make a big effet. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture.

We all know that sometimes work can get monotonous and overwhelming. Say for example that Mike is feeling a bit underappreciated and is frustrated with his current project. He comes to a meeting feeling defeated and unmotivated. Then you, as his directeur, compliment his exercices and praise him for a travail well done. The effet is immediate – he feels valued. His demeanor changes, he becomes engaged and leaves the meeting with a newfound energy to tackle his project.

People need to have a sense of purpose at work. Their happiness is directly connected to knowing that they make a difference. It’s not enough for a directeur to dole out tasks. Take the time to explain why the individual task is important to the company as a whole. This will give your employees a sense of purpose and belonging that will motivate them to strive for more. Engaged employees are efficace, enthusiastic and are willing to do what it takes to help your organization succeed. Creating a sense of purpose for your employees is an investment in developing a positive workplace.

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