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In 1880, someone suggested to Tchaikovsky that he write a piece of music to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the coronation of Alexander II.

Staying on the good side of the Czar was always a good idea, and Tchaikovsky wrote a festival overture to be performed in front of the new Moscow cathedral, then nearing completion. The Czar was assassinated, the concert cancelled, and the score went into a box for a couple of years until another suitable occasion came around.

At any time on the Internet, and on a good day between Cocoa and Vero Beach, listeners can find a rare gem in the radio world: WFIT-FM in Palm Bay, a proudly old-school radio station with live deejays and progressive playlists.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk
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Springtime and the great outdoors.  Beethoven captured one view of this; Aaron Copland another.  Or did he?

The strange tale of an iconic piece of American music this week, and we'll follow that with an hour of short pieces by other American composers. Gottschalk, Ives, Randall Thompson and more: it all begins at ten.

George Clinton
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The legendary George Clinton along with Parliament Funkadelic will headline MRC LagoonFest Saturday May 21st.  On Friday George talked with Sound Waves host Todd Kennedy about his amazing career and music and his show this weekend at LagoonFest.

Felix Mendelssohn
PBS

We begin this Thursday with a historic performance of Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4 recorded by Sir Hamilton Harty and the Halle Orchestra in 1931.

As director of the orchestra in Leipzig, Mendelssohn had both an appreciation for and access to the much-forgotten and ignored music of Bach, and as a friend of Robert Schumann, he became something of a champion of Franz Schubert as well.

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