WFIT Features

Jeremy Siskind will join me tonight in a 3-part interview we recorded Saturday afternoon. We'll be talking about the American Jazz Pianist Competition, what it means to Central Florida, and how the community can get involved with this event. 

We begin this week with Rachel Barton Pine's New CD of Vivaldi's concerti for Viola d'Amore, a now-extinct instrument equipped with a set of resonator strings that produced tones, sitar-like, by means of sympathetic vibrations from the bowed strings.

19th-century violinist Nicolo Paganini suffered from a medical condition -- likely Marfan Syndrome -- which left him with thin elongated fingers that enabled him to play music that has bedeviled violinists ever since. We're working our way through his set of Caprices, and we'll hear Numbers 6 trough 9 on this week's program.

The cycle of Brahms symphonies continues with the D major Second Symphony. Then we'll hear an early piano sonata by Beethoven, a prelude by Buxtehude, and an early work by contemporary minimalist composer John Adams.

DON'T MISS THIS - Sunday 10/11. My one hour, in-studio interview with Judy Collins, will air in the 12 noon hour. We'll talk about & play songs from her new CD, called "Strangers Again", featuring Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Don McLean & more. Plus new Don Henley, vintage vinyl, Graham Nash, John Lennon
Time: 10 - 1 PM EDT
Listen: & & 89.5 in Melbourne, FL

Next Monday is Columbus Day and we look at some of the music that the Admiral of the Ocean Sea and his crew might have heard in Palos de la Frontera in 1492 if they were so inclined. Spanish music in the Age of Exploration drew on influences from Europe and from south of the Mediterranean, making it some of the most diverse and original of its time.

Next we'll hear a few more of the Paganini Caprices -- we'll get to all of them over the next couple of months -- and then we begin another series of complete symphony cycles, this time the symphonies of Johannes Brahms.