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A hippie string quartet? That's what it seemed like in 1973 when four youngsters from Seattle formed the Kronos Quartet (they then moved to San Francisco). In the 45 years since, they have recorded dozens of albums of music from the Renaissance to the avant-garde, from the native musical traditions of at least four continents, and from some of the more than 900 original works that they have commissioned.

Our spotlight is on the career of the Kronos this Thursday -- and that has been one long, strange trip.

We begin an hour of English music this Thursday with a historical recording of Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music, a piece with lyrics by Shakespeare, written in 1938 to celebrate Sir Henry Wood's 50th anniversary as a conductor. The premiere performance featured solos by sixteen of the leading singers of the day, and right after the jubilee performance, Sir Henry marched everyone down to the studios to record the moment for posterity. We'll hear that performance, then we'll go back a few centuries to some actual music from the time of Shakespeare.

WFIT will be adding some new shows to our programming line-up on February 16. Lucy of Lucy’s Sonic Garage will be moving to Friday Nights 7pm-10pm. Rebranded as The Lucy Show, Lucy will bring a good time rock & roll party to the airwaves.
 
The Friday night party will continue as we welcome Eta Santoro to WFIT. Many of you met Eta when she helped during our last fund drive. Eta was a DJ at her college radio station WITR Rochester, NY.

Monday night on "On The Flipside with Java John" we will pay tribute to our dear pal Mr. Z who passed last week. Mr. Z hosted it's all the Blues on WFIT since 1982.

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Space exploration, astronomy, cosmology and cosmogony: none of these were what Gustav Holst had in mind when he composed The Planets a little more than a century ago.

Curiously enough, however, the imagery of his music has become a frequent accompaniment to our explorations of the majesty and mystery of the solar system in the years since. Tune in this Thursday night and see what you make of it all.

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