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December 31, 2011

IMG_5775Participants in the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Course (RSCM) perform in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. The RSCM promotes singing for people of ages by training choirs to sing church services to a high musical standard in cathedrals and churches throughout the United Kingdom. (photo: Richard Bloomfield/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

I was brought up as a Roman Catholic. My parents endeavoured to give me every opportunity to be exposed to a vast range of music, strongly encouraging our explorations, be they rock or classical music. In school the main exposure to singing was musical drama in the form of Gilbert and Sullivan with a few hymns in unison at every church service. It is understandable, therefore, that when my first exposure to sacred choral music at last arrived at age nineteen in University College Dublin Chamber Choir, it was like being hit with a mallet on the head.

December 26, 2011

Fred Child and the producers of Performance Today are offering up some true gems (yes, for free!) from the live concerts and in-studio performances they broadcast during the year. This exquisite piece by Chanticleer is a great way to start the day.

November 30, 2011

A playful duet between one of country music's greats and one of America's favorite children's authors — with a touching solo tribute to his father.

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November 18, 2011

A behind-the-scenes snapshot just after our interview with Rosanne Cash at Orchestra Hall.

November 15, 2011

Kimbra's refreshing cover of "Plain Gold Ring" is a love letter to Nina Simone and her classic song.

November 01, 2011

A song of childhood torture from the back of the family station wagon becomes one of solitude during commutes and nighttime lullabies.

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September 26, 2011

During a Minnesota blizzard, Wangari Maathai left us with this song. May she rest in peace.

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