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  This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
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It's Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday on March 31st, and we'll be celebrating up in the attic on Thursday night.

An old time rooster, Mike, in North Carolina, and his several laying hens, confabulated in the hen house and decided to sacrifice a supersized bag of dried meal worms, so that Blues With A Twist will continue to make their job of pecking worms, termites, ticks and fleas much more bearable.  Join Mike and the hens on Tuesday to meet the monetary challenge and listen to some great music at the same time.

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In a long career, Arturo Toscanini played cello under Giuseppe Verdi's baton at La Scala and conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the age of high fidelity music recording. In between, he led the New York Philharmonic, just missed one of the great maritime disasters of all time, conducted Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival, got beaten up by the Fascists, and worked with several of the great voices of the operatic stage. We celebrate his 150th birthday this month, and we'll spend a couple of hours with the maestro this week up in the attic.

Claude Debussy
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It's a program of French Ancients and Moderns this week in the attic.

We'll go back to some of the oldest music we have, written a millennium ago and continue through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Then -- for something completely different -- we'll switch to some French music of the 20th century by Debussy, Poulenc and Messaien.

A chacun son gout!

Among Mozart's choral works, there are three masses that are masterpieces beyond question -- even though two of them, the Requiem and the Great C minor, were left unfinished. We'll hear the other one, the Coronation Mass in C major this week.

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