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Nowadays we regard Franz Schubert as one of the greatest composers of the first half of the 19th century, right up there with Beethoven.

During his lifetime, however, he was mostly overlooked, his symphonies unplayed, his operas ignored.

A lot of his music was first performed at musical evenings held in his friends' living rooms. Schubertiads, these soirees were called.

Join us on July 4 for a special encore session with retro- soul band The Savants of Souls. The band had the crowd grooving at our annual Sonic Waves Music Festival. We got the full 9 piece band in the studio for a soulful performance. You can see videos of our session on our web site wfit.org. Tune in to our 4th of July party at noontime to hear The Savants Of Soul on WFIT 89.5 FM.

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Mozart in the Sky with Diamonds

That's a big box of American music up in the Attic, and we'll look through it this Fourth of July starting with music from the revolutionary colonies  to the 20th century as we listen to composers William Billings, Samuel Barber, Richard Rogers, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, George Gershwin, Ned Rorem, and more.

Maybe we'll find some surprises; after all, you never know what you might come across in the Attic.

Pianist Gerald More
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Something a little different this week: we have an accompanied lecture on, well, the artistry of musical accompanists

Pianist Gerald More produced a album, something of a dog and pony show, defending his profession. This he did with no small amount of wit. He also pointed out some points of performance that are easy to overlook but that really ought to be appreciated.

Grab yourself a tankard of mead and join us for a visit to Medieval and Renaissance England this week. We'll visit the cloisters, the courts, and the alehouses -- not too much time in the cloisters, though. This is music that's fun... and maybe even a little bit naughty.

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