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Rex Levang

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols always begins the same way. A young choir boy from King’s College sings "Once in Royal David’s City" — completely unaccompanied, and live on the radio to an audience of millions. Pretty stressful for the kid, right?

Actually — not so much. No one knows who that soloist is going to be — until moments before the start, the director gives one of the boys a nod, and the service gets underway. There’s no time in which to get nervous.

Well, that’s one way of dealing with holiday jitters for you. Here’s hoping that this busy time of year isn’t too stressful for you, and that in the midst of the bustle, you’ve had a chance to sit back and enjoy music. Thanks so much for listening to Classical MPR, and all best wishes for the season!

Rex Levang, Music Director, Classical Music


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Programming Highlights

Programming highlights from December 23 to 30

Tuesday, 10 am: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Handel's Messiah.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 7 pm: Rose Ensemble: And Glory Shone Around.
Wednesday, 9 am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from Cambridge, England.
Wednesday, 11 am: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Wednesday, 5 pm: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (repeat).
Wednesday, 7 pm: Carol with Classical MPR.
Saturday, 12 noon: The Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's La Traviata.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Holiday Highlights.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in music of Beethoven and John Adams.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

 

 

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