WFIT Features

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.

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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.

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