Mozart's Attic

Thursdays from 10pm-12am

Mozart's Attic is a classical music program featuring music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Some of it is not frequently heard on air; other pieces are concert favorites from the symphonic repertoire, sometimes in rare or historic performances. There's plenty of vinyl, and sometimes even a bit of shellac.

You never know what you might come across in the attic. 

Tune in for Mozart's Attic Thursday nights from 10 pm until midnight.

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.

Lisa Ferrigno
Brevard Symphony Orchestra

2016 begins with a fanfare as the Brevard Symphony Orchestra takes the stage on Saturday, January 23rd, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne for Voyage to Jupiter.  Under the direction of Music Director and Principal conductor Christopher Confessore, the orchestra will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s finale masterpiece, his Symphony No. 41.

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.