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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.

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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.

It’s Mardi Gras time.  Get out your white hanky and get ready to strut to some New Orleans Music.  Join us, Jeanne Kelly and Sister Mary, for that special second line beat on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

7:00 p.m. on WFIT 89.5 FM and streaming live at WFIT.org

The Renaissance gave us lots of religious and ceremonial music intended to uplift the spirit.

This week we ignore all of that and focus on the banquet halls, taverns and bawdy houses of England.

Music of the hedonists helped keep Merrie Olde England -- if not merrie -- at least distracted from the travails of life in difficult times.

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