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There's nothing quite like Florida in July, is there? Certainly William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is nothing like Florida in July, and that's the point. We'll feature Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for Shakespeare's comedy this week, and then we'll see what other cool stuff we can find in the Attic.

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With the coming of World War I, the Russian Empire was on its last legs. Jean Sibelius would turn his musical attention to matters other than Finnish nationalism. We'll continue our series of his symphonies this week, but we'll also look back at his most celebrated piece of musical defiance. We'll hear a bit of Chopin's musical disdain for the Russians as well.

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You don't have to be Hungarian. Franz Liszt was; Johannes Brahms and Franz Haydn weren't, but all three contributed to an eastern European influence in classical music, and we'll hear a little bit of why that was so. Then we head north to Finland. It was 1907 and Jean Sibelius got the scare of his life. He swore off his habits, his smoking and drinking, and set about to write his fourth symphony. Audiences and musicians both are still scratching their heads over this bleakest of all his works.

Arcangelo Corelli didn't leave us with a great body of music, but several other composers of the Baroque took notice of his concerti. Francois Couperin was an admirer, and he wrote a tribute piece in his honor. J.S. Bach studied Corelli's music and he was an admirer of Couperin as well.  We'll follow that thread for a bit this Thursday night. The survey of the symphonies of Jean Sibelius continues with the Third Symphony in C, and we'll hear some other and completely different music from Scandinavia as well.

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Graham Nash will be my guest on Sunday for entire 12 noon hour. His new CD will be released on 6/29 & features 12 unreleased songs. We'll slap a few next to the finished versions to hear the evolution, from writer to the legendary studio recordings they've become!

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