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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If you didn't know any better and got plopped into 19th century Europe, you'd probably think that this guy Shakespeare was a pretty good librettist or ballet impressario rather than a substantial playwright himself.

It seemed for a few decades that half the major composers were tripping over each other adapting the Bard's plays into operas, ballets, and other musical forms. Gounod, Bellini, Verdi, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Faure, and others gave it a try -- often several tries.

With the coming of the Renaissance, a new kind of music was coming into vogue in many of the countries of Europe.

It was coming out of the churches and out of the royal courts. It was a secular music that anyone could enjoy if they had an opportunity to hear it --- or play it. Some of it was what we would today call folk music.

We'll look at some of the Renaissance music of France in the first half of this week's program.

Then, staying in France, we'll bump things up a few centuries with music of Hector Berlioz and Albert Alain.

We're going to feature some organ music of J.S. Bach played by Dr. Albert Schweitzer this week.

The physician, humanitarian, theologian, founder of the hospital that bears his name in tropical Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and anti-nuclear-weapon activist was also a Bach scholar who wrote a two-volume biography of the composer and co-edited a collection of his music early in the last century.

It must be a universal parents' experience to scratch their heads and wonder (or complain) about "kids' music nowadays."

At least six of Johann Sebastian Bach's kids pursued music as their life work, but they didn't particularly follow in their father's footsteps.

We'll hear three pieces by three different Bachs this week -- all very different.

We don't know what dad made of this. See what you think.

With all of the other holiday music filling the air, Beethoven's mid-December birthday mostly gets overlooked.

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