WFIT Features

We're going to spend two hours with composers from central and eastern Europe this week.

We'll hear music from Renaissance Hungarian and Polish composers whose names are lost to us. Works of ethnomusicologists like Bartok and Kodaly, music of emigre composers like Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, pieces by 19th century superstars like Liszt, and lots more.

The Russians are coming ---- and so are the Romanians, the Transylvanians, the Slovaks and others,  and we'll still barely scratch the surface of this rich olio of cultures.

Rachel Barton Pine
NPR

W.A. Mozart and American violinist Rachel Barton Pine both began their musical careers at about the same age -- three!

Joshua Bell
NPR

Few cities can match London when it comes to world class orchestras. From the Royal Philharmonic to the Academy of Ancient Music to the London Symphony to any of a dozen more, London has become one of the great centers of orchestral performance in today's world.

Since 1959, one of those great ensembles has been the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 2011, Sir Neville Marriner, the orchestra's founding music director passed his baton to a new-generation director, American violinist Joshua Bell.

Charles-Marie Widor
BBC

It was largely a French-church phenomenon of the nineteenth century.

The old Baroque organs (some of which would today be regarded as near-priceless) were scrapped and replaced with huge instruments whose compass was more like that of a symphony orchestra. These titans could play at a whisper or set the building a-rumble. There were enough ranks of pipes to afford the player a palette of tone colors unlike anything previous.

Anja Conklin
Anja Conklin

Anja Conklin will be interviewed at WFIT 89.5 FM at 6:00pm by Java John Goldacker to talk about and play a couple of her original songs. Right after, she'll be performing at Florida Discount Music (FDM) Open Mike's from 7:30-9:30.

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