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Tiny Desk Concert with Anonymous 4 on March 4.
March 28, 2015 The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.
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Anonymous 4's new album, 1865, comes out Jan. 13.
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January 4, 2015 The beloved vocal quartet says goodbye with an all-American album that suits our troubled times. These Civil War and Reconstruction songs help us reflect on what divides us and binds us together.
The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
May 13, 2014 After nearly 30 years, 20 albums and countless concerts, the acclaimed vocal ensemble has announced the 2015-16 season will be its last. Hear a preview of the group's forthcoming album love fail.
A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
December 24, 2012 The flow of good classical Christmas albums seems to have slowed to a trickle. And that's got one holiday listener longing for holiday albums from years past, from Jessye Norman's Christmastide, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite and carols led by Robert Shaw.
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To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
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December 6, 2012 For its 25th anniversary, the vocal quartet commissioned a new piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Despite the fact that the group is mostly famous for singing very old music, love fail reflects the world we live in — not some distant and remote mythology.
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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle live at the Ecstatic Music Festival, held at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, on March 24, 2012.
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March 23, 2012 Hear a transcendent show by a very unlikely pairing from the aptly named Ecstatic Music Festival: Indie icons meet up with a crystal-pure classical vocal quartet.
Brooklyn Rider funded their newest album nearly twice over by using Kickstarter.
March 1, 2012 Classical musicians are finding big success in funding their projects with fan donations.
An image of the Holy Spirit-inspired Hildegard and her scribe from the Rupertsberg Codex des Liber Scivias, c. 1180.
December 21, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI plans to canonize 12th-century composer, mystic, doctor and Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen next year.
The vocal group Anonymous 4.
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November 8, 2011 Anonymous 4 sings a cappella music passed down from their 14th-century musical siblings: nuns in a Spanish convent.
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The vocal group Trio Mediaeval sings old and new Christmas carols from its native Norway in NPR's Studio 4A.
Asa M. Mikkelsen
December 1, 2009 Singers and musicians from the Baltics to Baltimore, recorded in NPR's Studio 4A, perform songs that ring out into the cold air and celebrate Christmas from far and wide. Hear them all, from the shiny trumpets of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, to carols and choirs steeped in European tradition.
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