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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, May 19th 10:00 pm

Felix Mendelssohn
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Felix Mendelssohn

We begin this Thursday with a historic performance of Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4 recorded by Sir Hamilton Harty and the Halle Orchestra in 1931.

As director of the orchestra in Leipzig, Mendelssohn had both an appreciation for and access to the much-forgotten and ignored music of Bach, and as a friend of Robert Schumann, he became something of a champion of Franz Schubert as well.

We'll hear music of these three composers who really don't have much of a connection to each other at all -- and yet one of them, working in a small German city with his eyes and ears open, did much to preserve the music of the other two.

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.)