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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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This week we begin a cycle of the three symphonies of Leonard Bernstein with his Symphony No. 1, known as the Jeremiah Symphony, taken from the Book of Lamentations. We'll also hear his ballet score Fancy Free. These are two works that were written before Bernstein turned twenty-six.

Another look at Lenny in the first hour of this week's Mozart's Attic.

The program will also include an overture by Beethoven, and will conclude with Gustav Holst's most well-known work, The Planets.

Sunday night at 10 on 89.5 FM and streaming live at WFIT.org and the NPR Music App.

Last week's program featured  Carl Orff's settings of verses from the medieval manuscripts known as the Carmina Burana, in which the 20th-century German composer was able to evoke the spirit of the middle ages in a modern work for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. This week we'll go back to the  original tablature of eleventh- through thirteenth-century pieces and some realizations of how this music might have sounded a thousand years ago.

In the early 1800's a collection of ribald -- to the point of nearly obscene -- poems were found in a German monastery. In 1936, Carl Orff set 24 of them to music and his Carmina Burana has since then achieved near-cult status. Michael Tilson Thomas directs a superb performance of this week's featured work.

Also scheduled are a set of Chopin Mazurkas, a pair of Handel organ concerti with two quite different interpretations, and Poulenc's Suite Francaise.

The King of Swing plays Mozart. Benny Goodman, better known as a jazz musician, maintained a lifelong interest in classical music. Here he plays the Clarinet Quintet in A major. Listeners who were watching television thirty-or-so years ago may recognize this as "The Last M*A*S*H Quintet."

Also scheduled are a triple violin concerto of Vivaldi, the Bach Magnificat, music from Rameau and Praetorius, and some songs from Elizabethan England.

The great Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein asked Sergei Prokofiev to write the score for his 1938 movie depicting Alexander Nevsky's defeat of the Teutonic knights at the Battle of Lake Peipus in 1242. The film got caught up in the politics of the day. You can hear the story as well as the film score on New Years night.

Also scheduled are Schubert's Impromptus, Opus 90 complete; Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1; and music of Palestrina, Monteverdi and Sweelinck.

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