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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, Sep. 17th at 10:00 pm

George Gershwin
George Gershwin

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.

The cycle of Antonio Vivaldi's l'Estro Armonico concludes with the Concerto No. 12 in E, and we continue with music of Francois Couperin, Erik Satie, Maurice Durufle, Wiliam Bolcom, and more.

10:00 pm Thursday on 89.5 FM and streaming live at WFIT.org

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)