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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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Space exploration, astronomy, cosmology and cosmogony: none of these were what Gustav Holst had in mind when he composed The Planets a little more than a century ago.

Curiously enough, however, the imagery of his music has become a frequent accompaniment to our explorations of the majesty and mystery of the solar system in the years since. Tune in this Thursday night and see what you make of it all.

The Brahms Requiem may not have done much for the salvation of souls, but it provided the salvation for the composer's career. Brahms's star was in serious decline in the 1860s, with his publishers dropping him following a disastrous debut of his first piano concerto -- an early attempt at a large-scale work.

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Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf presents to children a young fellow who becomes the hero of the day by disobeying the grown-ups.

Sounds like Prokofiev was asking for trouble, doesn't it?

Not so fast. Remember, Peter and the Wolf was written in the USSR in 1936, and there was a difference between disobeying Grandpa and disobeying Papa Joe. Nowadays, Peter and the Wolf is all innocence, but this wasn't always the case.

Schubert's Unfinished Symphony is a legendary work in many senses of the word. It's long been a concert-hall musical favorite, associated with plenty of mystery and romance. We'll begin a short Celebration of Schubert with his Eighth Symphony this week, and then look at some of the other music that he produced in his too-short life.

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Robert Schumann was on his way toward becoming one of Europe's most pre-eminent pianists until a hand injury ended that quest. He then turned to composition and he became one of the most influential composers of the Romantic period, until -- again -- his career was thwarted, this time by mental illness. Schumann left us one piano concerto: a taste of both his vocations, as it were, and it's our featured work this Thursday .

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