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If you were looking for truth in music, you found The O’Jays. If you wanted to dance, you listened to The O’Jays.

After 60 years in the music business, The O’Jays have just made their final album The Last Word. In this one hour special, founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams take you behind the scenes that made them R&B legends and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hear it this Friday 12:00pm for “Funky Friday” on Sound Waves only on WFIT 89.5 FM.

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After the death of Russian artist Victor Hartmann, a memorial showing of some of his works was held in St. Petersburg. Modeste Moussorgsky attended, and then sat down to compose his musical impressions of some of the paintings that were on display. Later, Maurice Ravel orchestrated Moussorgsky's score, and Pictures at an Exhibition has been an audience favorite ever since.

We'll look at Moussorgsky's tribute to his friend and fellow Russian nationalist on this week's program.

Nobody remembers poor old Count Kaiserling anymore. In 1741, so the story goes, he hired J.S. Bach to write some bedtime music for his harpsichordist, one Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, to play for him -- music that would be interesting enough to take his mind off the intractable pain that kept him awake at night. What became known as the Goldberg Variations were never meant for concert performance, but so masterful is this music that it found its way into both the composition class and the recital stage. Maggie Cole plays it for us this week, on harpsichord as Bach intended.

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Surely Franz Liszt had sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his keyboard virtuosity.

That's what they said, anyway, and rumors of the diabolical didn't hurt his reputation among those concert-goers who were willing to walk ever-so-slightly on the wild side. His music was devilishly difficult to play, that's for sure, and we'll hear some of it this Thursday night

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We have a historic recording set for this Thursday, featuring one of the legendary musicians of the 20th century.

Arthur Rubinstein performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1in a 1946 performance with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos, who would later be named music director of the New York Philharmonic.

So here we have the dean of classical pianists, a regional orchestra, and an up-and-coming conductor; it's a combination that makes for some great energy. Tune in and see what you think.

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