Arts and culture

Our Flash Fiction judge, Molly McNett, selected four winning stories -- a first-place winner, a second-place winner, and two stories that tied for third. The authors got to read their stories to WNIJ listeners during Morning Edition.

Of the 110 submissions, McNett felt six more stories deserved honorable mentions. These authors got to read their stories in our studios and have them video recorded.

Sessions from Studio A - Future Stuff

Oct 6, 2016
Carl Nelson

Future Stuff performing "Molasses Kiss" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Future Stuff performing "Elephants" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Future Stuff on the web at and on Facebook: @FutureStuffMusic.

Neville Marriner, the conductor and violinist who was something of an entrepreneur as well as the guiding spirit behind one of the most successful classical recordings of all time — the soundtrack to the 1984 smash movie Amadeus — died overnight at age 92 at his home in London. His death was announced by the chamber orchestra he founded, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

If the viola is your instrument, it can be difficult to find repertoire to showcase your talent. But violist Nadia Sirota has plenty to play. She champions new composers to write music for her and forms ensembles to play it. Sirota's longtime collaborator Nico Muhly recently released an album called Keep in Touch, featuring two pieces written specifically for her.