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We've got Christmas music ranging from some medieval composers to Bela Bartok to Charles Ives this week, and the last hour of the program will be devoted to a Christmas cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Music to wait for Santa by...... or to assemble that bicycle..... or just to relax by the wassail bowl.

Christmas Eve in the Attic -- As always, it all starts at ten.

Join Fred Migliore & FM Odyssey for a special "Unconventional" holiday edition on Christmas morning, from 10 -1 PM. 

The show will cater to both families and those who are alone during the holidays.

Any respectable attic should have lots of Christmas decorations and other holiday stuff.

Mozart's Attic sure does -- boxes and boxes of it. After all, this is the season that has inspired more composers than any other.

We begin this week's Attic with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and follow with music of Praetorius, Vaughan Williams, Ernest Bloch, a pair of early French Noel writers, and a number of composers whose names have been lost to time. We conclude with the Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saens.

We have a very unusual Messiah for you this week.

Handel wrote his oratorio near the end of the Baroque era in 1741, and forty-eight years later Mozart was asked to re-orchestrate it -- to get it with the times so as to appeal to changing musical tastes. This he did.

There is nothing drastic here -- nothing to upset today's Messiah lovers -- but there are several subtle changes, mostly in the orchestration, but also in some of the arias, and of course the language (but you know the words anyway, right?)

Kronus Quartet
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There are many ways to describe the Kronos Quartet: unconventional, eclectic, fearless.

We'll begin with a set from Kronos showcasing music from parts of the world that we don't usually associate with classical music.

Then it's Handel, Mozart, and Hugo Wolf, and we'll devote the final hour to Olivier Messaien's monumental La Nativite du Seigneur, written in 1935 and regarded as one of the great masterpieces of modern music for organ.

10:00 pm Thursday night on 89.5 FM and streaming live at WFIT.org.

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