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Jay Lamy (Jayski)

Mozart's Attic Host

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)

Soon he was answering phones during fund drives, doing other odd tasks about the station, and later taking on the job of sending out thank-you gifts and premiums to new and renewing members.

Tune in for Mozart's Attic Thursday nights from 10 pm until midnight.

 

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Bach's Christmas Oratorio is nothing like Handel's Messiah. Handel wrote a concert piece, intended for stage performance. Bach, on the other hand, composed a work in six sections, to be used in church services over six specific days from Christmas to the Feast of the Epiphany in January. It'll take a few weeks, but we'll hear the complete oratorio on Mozart's Attic from this Thursday night through early January -- and of course there will be plenty of other music for the season as the holidays approach.

Each year at this time, we devote an entire program to a performance of G.F. Handel's Messiah. This Thursday night we'll have the reading by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields of the 1743 London score. This was the oratorio as Handel himself conducted it after a Dublin premiere of the previous year.

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Mozart's Attic is chock full of music for the holiday season, and this week we'll begin with some Christmas music by Bach, Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols, some ancient Hebrew texts and a modern piece by Ernest Bloch, and music from Antoine Brumel, Claude de Sermisy, and Lorenzo Perosi.
Then we'll devote the second half of the program to a performance of Olivier Messaien's Nativite du Seigneur. It's one of the major works in the organ literature of the last century, and Simon Preston performs it on the organ at WEstminster Abbey.

You can get the recipe for Mama Stamberg's cranberry sauce by listening to any NPR station, but only WFIT will tell you how to make Nathalie Irene's turkey Tetrazzini to help you use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers. It's an annual tradition on Mozart's Attic. We'll also feature some music of Massenet, Rameau, Satie, and Stravinsky on this week's program. And who knows, we might just get Luisa Tetrazzini to sing for us as well.

In 1929, Herbert Hoover was the newly-inaugurated President of the United States. Erich Maria Remarque published All Quiet on the Western Front, and Walt Disney took to animating a mouse. In May of that year, three of Europe's outstanding musicians headed to a recording studio in Barcelona. Cellist Pablo Casals, and violinist Jacques Thibaud, with pianist Alfred Cortot in a new role as conductor, met to capture the Brahms Double Concerto to disc. Some 88 years later, it's still regarded as an exemplary performance, and it will be our featured work this Thursday night.

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