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The Christmas Oratorio, Part 2, in Concert

This week on The Bach Hour, hear part 2 of Bach's festive masterpiece, as well as Igor Stravinsky's arrangement of "Vom himmel hoch."

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George Henry Durrie – Winter Scene in New England
George Henry Durrie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Throughout December, make WCRB your home for festive cheer, in musical form!

This Week's CD of the Week

Thomas Demenga
Ismael Lorenzo

On this week's CD of the Week, Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga continues the eternal journey of mastering Bach’s famous cello suites.

From NPR Music

In a cheerful rehearsal room at Temple University, a few dozen professional musicians inspect the instruments that they'll be playing to debut an audacious piece of music by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.

The composition is called "Symphony For a Broken Orchestra" and, fittingly, these instruments are all broken.

It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected — not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director.

In Washington, D.C., the choice was made with astonishing harmony.

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WCRB Blog

A festive vignette of suggested gift ideas
Kendall Todd & Rani Schloss / WCRB

'Tis the season for holiday cheer and gift-giving! Do you have someone on your list who loves classical music, and you're unsure of where to start? Fret not. We have some ideas.

This link roundup features a history lesson, a traveling ukulele player, and a look at what really inspired Mozart's Don Giovanni. Enjoy!

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