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Located in the small Minnesota city of Chatfield, the Chatfield Music Lending Library is the largest collection of brass band music available for hire in the world — almost 100,000 pieces of music! "We're the only place in the world where if you need the E-flat cornet part for a Sousa march, we can lend you the music," its secretary explains. But how did the collection end up in Chatfield? It happened almost by accident. Read all about it.


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Daily Download: Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 91: Finale
Get a free MP3 of Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 91: Finale, performed by Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!


 
Choral Featured Album: 'Timeless: Ten Centuries of Music'
In its new release, Cappella SF performs works by composers from the past ten centuries ranging from Hildegard von Bingen to Eric Whitacre.


 
Daily Download: Anton Rubinstein - Symphony No. 2 'Ocean': I. Moderato assai
Get a free MP3 of Anton Rubinstein - Symphony No. 2 'Ocean': I. Moderato assai, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!


 
Big Sing musical event in Minneapolis celebrates Earth Day
Scottish hymn composer John Bell is coming to Minneapolis on Saturday, April 21, to lead a Big Sing in celebration of Earth Day. But the community musical event will have much more, including the Twin Cities-based Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company (pictured) and 11-year-old hip-hop artist Priest Jones.


 
Regional Spotlight: St. John's Men's Choir
Performed in traditional men's glee club style, the St. John's University Men's Chorus, led by Axel Theimer, sings the English folksong "The Sally Gardens."


 
Daily Download: Felix Mendelssohn - The Hebrides, 'Fingal's Cave'
Get a free MP3 of Felix Mendelssohn - The Hebrides, 'Fingal's Cave', performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. And don't forget to sign up for the new Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free MP3!


 
Listen to the Singers perform the glorious Mass for Double Chorus
Relive the Singers' stunning performance of Swiss composer Frank Martin's Mass for Double Chorus. For the performers, it is incredibly difficult, but for the audience it is utterly glorious. Listen now.

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