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Classical Notes: December 20, 2010 Archive

Caroling Caroling through the ages

Posted at 8:53 AM on December 20, 2010 by John Birge
Filed under: Events, In the media, Musician stories

Yesterday morning Philip Brunelle, director of the VocalEssence chorus in Minneapolis, was on NPR's Weekend Edition talking with host Liane Hansen about Christmas carols.
Where did Christmas carols come from? How did they start? And how have they evolved?
Here's a link to their conversation.

And tune in tonight at 8:30p to hear Philip Brunelle conduct VocalEssence in the annual "Welcome Christmas!" concert. It's a tribute to the great composer John Rutter. Here's VocalEssence singing one of Rutter's most famous carols:

Memories and music

Posted at 9:43 PM on December 20, 2010 by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Musical philosophy

As Christmas Eve nears, it's hard not to look back on my childhood in Nyack, New York (just north of NYC). December in our home was an especially busy time for my father, an Episcopal priest with a loving parish and a wonderful music program. When my dad passed away in 2002, I soon discovered that one of the most powerful ways for me to feel close to him was through music - which enriched his life in many ways. I have often felt fortunate to have that connection.
It's likely that this time of year makes you recall your youth, too. If there are people or places that you miss, I hope music helps you hold on to those memories.

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