WFIT Features


WFIT-FM will air the next Florida Gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum and Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.

The debate will take place Wednesday, Oct 24 7pm - 8pm at Broward College in Davie, Florida.

Beethoven  enjoyed the countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of Vienna. Communicating with people had become difficult for him, but not so with nature, and he celebrated the forests and rustic villages in his Symphony No. 6, the Pastorale.

To Ralph Vaughan Williams, quiet fields brought another picture to mind: the battlefields of post-World War I France. He was quite familiar with those fields when they weren't so quiet, and he wrote his Symphony No. 3, the Pastoral (without an "e"), to reflect upon what had transpired there.


It must have been an uncomfortable moment when the judges at Moscow's 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition had to tell Nikita Khrushchev that an American had clearly won, and had become the audience darling. It wasn't supposed to happen that way. What to do? Khrushchev personally okayed the award, and Van Cliburn became an instant Cold War hero in the West.

Haydn's Symphony No. 1 may or may not have actually been his first foray into this new musical form, but it nonetheless was a pioneering work,  containing elements of both the Baroque as well as the new  Classical styles. Haydn was doing some tinkering here, and he would quickly develop a model that would become the symphony as it has been defined ever since.

It's where we begin our program this week, and if it's status as the first symphony is questionable, there is no argument that it is a transitional work of music.


The six Bach Suites are mainstays of the literature for unaccompanied cello. Yo-Yo Ma recorded them as a young aspiring artist in his twenties, again in his forties, and now -- for what he says is the final time -- as a mature interpreter who is arguably the pre-emminent cellist of our time. We'll listen to  what Ma has to say about Bach, and then we'll take a look at some of the other projects that he has delved into of late -- projects that have not been without controversy.