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We begin this week with an hour of music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque -- from the pageantry of the cathedral music of Gabrieli and Monteverdi to the elegance of Corelli's concerti grossi to a lighter madrigal of the same Monteverdi to the Flemish-school-influenced music of Vincenzo Ruffo.

Christian Tamburr
Florida Tech

Florida Institute of Technology Music Artist in Residence Christian Tamburr recorded a new CD in early August at the performance studio of university radio station WFIT and will celebrate its release with a free concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Gleason Performing Arts Center.

Tamburr will play vibraphone and be joined by Japanese pianist Takana Miyamoto and New York City-based percussionist Keita Ogawa on the CD, titled, “People Talk.”

Eighty years ago -- almost to the day -- Porgy and Bess went on the road for a try-out prior to opening in New York in October, 1935. The initial reception was disappointing.

To salvage something from the score, George Gershwin collected some of the music into a symphonic suite, Catfish Row. But then, in a turn of events, Porgy developed an audience and it was the suite that sat on a shelf for 25 years.

Thursday's program opens with Catfish Row.

Then it's off to New France and the music of Colonial Quebec.

Antonio Vivaldi got his first opportunity to publish his music in 1712 with his concerto collection, l'Estro Armonico. Johann Sebastian Bach got ahold of a copy and thought highly enough of it that he transcribed some of it for organ. We'll hear both versions of the concerto in D minor -- Vivaldi's and Bach's -- on this week's program.