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.

 

Ways to Connect

youtube.com

They say politics makes strange bedfellows.

Well sometimes music makes strange politics -- or maybe it just takes a few decades to sort itself out. The French patriot Jacques Thibaud, the great anti-fascist Pablo Casals, and the Vichy functionary Alfred Cortot had formed a trio in 1905 and they continued to play together until they fell out over world events thirty years later. We'll hear them in more congenial times this week, performing Beethoven in 1926.

Felix Mendelssohn
NPR

Felix Mendelssohn, one of music's great prodigies, wrote a dozen chamber symphonies for string orchestra beginning when he was twelve. At fourteen he called it quits.

We begin a series of these short charmers, the String Symphonies,  this week on Mozart's Attic, and we'll continue with one a week until we run out. The kid did OK. See what you think.

In 1955, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Reiner, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra set out to record the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major. RCA engineers made two simultaneous recordings of the performance, one on the standard equipment of the day, the other on the new stereophonic tape machines, knowing that -- one day -- consumer playback equipment would catch up with the then-state-of-the-art studio technology that they employed.

  This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J.

It's Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday on March 31st, and we'll be celebrating up in the attic on Thursday night.

Hymn_of_the_Nations_1944_OWI_film_(08_Arturo_Toscanini_conducting_Verdi's_La_Forza_del_Destino
Wikipedia

In a long career, Arturo Toscanini played cello under Giuseppe Verdi's baton at La Scala and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the age of high fidelity music recording. In between, he led the New York Philharmonic, just missed one of the great maritime disasters of all time, conducted Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival, got beaten up by the Fascists, and worked with several of the great voices of the operatic stage. We celebrate his 150th birthday this month, and we'll spend a couple of hours with the maestro this week up in the attic.

Pages