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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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Maurice Ravel wrote his piano suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin, as both a tribute to a French Baroque composer and as a memorial to several friends who were killed in World War I. Later, he arranged portions of Tombeau into an orchestral suite. We'll look at both versions this week, then we'll go back and listen to some music from Couperin himself.

Turn up your bass controls this Thursday night, because we'll have plenty of organ music -- and lots more besides -- as we celebrate J.S. Bach's 333rd birthday up in the attic.

We've got RSVPs from a dozen of the pre-eminent Bach interpreters on record. They're all coming to the party. You come too.

Some say Jascha Heifetz was the greatest violinist of the 20th century. Some others say he was the greatest musician -- period -- of the 20th century. Still others say he was a cold technician whose mastery of his instrument missed the emotional point of the music altogether.

Vienna at the turn of the 19th century: The young Beethoven was new in town and out to make his mark on the world. The elderly Haydn was wrapping it up after a long career in the courts of Austria-Hungary. Young and old in the musical center of Europe, they did much to define what we call classical music to this day.

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A hippie string quartet? That's what it seemed like in 1973 when four youngsters from Seattle formed the Kronos Quartet (they then moved to San Francisco). In the 45 years since, they have recorded dozens of albums of music from the Renaissance to the avant-garde, from the native musical traditions of at least four continents, and from some of the more than 900 original works that they have commissioned.

Our spotlight is on the career of the Kronos this Thursday -- and that has been one long, strange trip.

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