Music News
1:38 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

'Messiah': A Holiday Tradition Transcending Time

A statue of George Frideric Handel, posing with his Messiah transcript, at London's Westminster Abbey.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 25, 2011 4:46 am

This Christmas season, musicians around the country are continuing a centuries-old holiday tradition: performing George Frideric Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah.

In Washington, D.C., the National Symphony Orchestra has finished its 58th annual performance of the work. This year, guest conductor Matthew Halls led the orchestra, which was accompanied by four soloists and the University of Maryland Concert Choir.

Though the performance marked Halls' debut with the NSO, he is not a newcomer to Messiah.

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NPR's Holiday Favorites
12:50 pm
Sat December 24, 2011

Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Stories

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:35 am

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hourlong special, wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope — all the emotions we feel at this time of year — are summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Perhaps you remember these tales fondly. Or maybe you'll fall in love with them for the first time.

Santa Claus, Private Eye
by the Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre of San Francisco

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Deceptive Cadence
12:48 pm
Sat December 24, 2011

Heavenly Music From Hildegard Of Bingen, A Soon-To-Be Actual Saint

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 3:43 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:49 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Five Tastes Of Classical Holiday Cheer

Organist Cameron Carpenter: not your typical holiday celebrant.
Michael Hart courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 2:11 pm

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Book Reviews
7:37 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Alan Cheuse Picks The Best Books To Give As Gifts

Priscilla Nielsen for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 1:04 pm

He's made his list and checked it twice: Critic Alan Cheuse recommends the best books to give as gifts in 2011. This year, it's mostly fiction — books that will light up dark winter nights with warm stories, large characters and beautiful language.

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3:22 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

Choreographer Bill T. Jones at an appearance earlier this year.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 6:55 pm

As snowstorms hit the country today, All Things Considered revisits a vivid story that choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones shared about one winter song. It originally aired Dec. 13, 2011.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:12 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Shiver-Inducing 'Winter Words'

American tenor Nicholas Phan.
Balance Photography courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 12:54 pm

Winter Words, the debut solo album by American tenor Nicholas Phan, is a total pleasure on all fronts. The nearly 33-year-old Phan's career has been heating up on the opera stage — he'll be spending much of this coming spring touring Handel's Ariodante across Europe with Joyce DiDonato, Il Complesso Barocco and conductor Alan Curtis. This program, with sensitive and lyrical accompaniment provided by Myra Huang, proves Phan to be a powerful force in recital as well.

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Music Reviews
2:09 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

From Mozart To Michael Jackson: Classical Contenders

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe (right) take on everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart on When Words Fade.
Brent Cline

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 9:01 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:56 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Elliott Carter, Still Composing At 103

Composer Elliott Carter celebrated his 103rd birthday Thursday at a concert given in his honor at the 92nd Street Y (with Carol Archer, left, co-producer of the event).
Cory Weaver 92nd Street Y

Originally published on Sun December 11, 2011 1:57 pm

Elliott Carter turns 103 today. Amazingly, he's still composing, still doing fine. At the end of the birthday concert given in his honor last Thursday, the composer trundled up to the stage of Manhattan's 92nd Street Y to receive a resounding rendition of "Happy Birthday," which, in Carter-like fashion, devolved into clusters of wild sounds.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:18 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2011

Fiction by the Ebene Quartet was one of our favorite albums this year.
Virgin Classics

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:41 pm

The silly season of endless lists is upon us. You might notice that here at Deceptive Cadence, we don't even try to enumerate which albums were "best" — we use the word "favorite" quite intentionally, as you'll see from the pan-genre list painstakingly compiled with our NPR Music colleagues.

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