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We begin with music of expatriate contemporary South African composer Kevin Volans. Once a student of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Volans became associated with the Cologne School, a post-minimalist movement also known as The New Simplicity. The Kronos Quartet  demonstrates  his most unusual fusion  of European and African idiom

The series of concerti grossi from Vivaldi's l'Estro Armonico continues, followed by some sonatas by Vivaldi's contemporary compatriot, Domenico Scarlatti.

The cycle of the Schubert symphonies concludes with the Symphony No. 9 in C major.

Arguably the musical center of the continent in the early 19th century, Vienna was home to both Schubert and Beethoven, and this symphony represented the avant garde of that time and place -- except that no one ever knew it. The autograph sat in a pile of manuscripts at a local musical club for a dozen years. Finally, Robert Schumann was shown the score. He took it to Leipzig and showed it to Felix Mendelssohn, who looked at it goggle-eyed and gave the premiere performance a few months later.

Last week in our cycle of the Schubert symphonies, we listened to the sixth symphony - written on the cusp of the Classical and Romantic periods by the 21-year-old composer.

This week we come to one of the most famous symphonies of them all, Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the Unfinished Symphony.

Why was it unfinished --- and what happened to Symphony No. 7?

These are both good questions, and they have been debated by musicologists for nearly 200 years. We'll add our two cents' worth this Thursday night.

Lights Out Project
Lights Out Project

Start your 4th of July celebration on Friday with a Live In Studio Session featuring The Lights Out Project. Jason Noon and his band will light up the airwaves with their island vibes and cool reggae sounds.

Live In Studio at WFIT is sponsored by Intracoastal Brewing Company.

We begin a series of concerti grossi by Antonio Vivaldi this week. The twelve little gems that comprise l'Estro Armonico were the first of his works to be published, and they spread his fame around various musical centers of Europe in the early 1700s. We'll look at some of the implications of that in upcoming weeks.