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Mozart's Salzburg Church Music

Much fuss has been made over how much Mozart hated having to write mostly church music during his teenage years as an organist in Salzburg. And much of the music is ordinary. But these selections helped earn him a memorial at Mozartplatz.

Mozart's Salzburg Church Music

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Holiday Music

Christmas Around the Country: 2005

Performance Today's annual tradition of holiday concerts features a range of beautiful holiday music from a variety of sources: the Baltimore Consort from NPR's Studio 4A; the Empire Brass from Florida; Canticle from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Chanticleer from Petaluma, Calif.

Christmas Around the Country: 2005

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Holiday Music

Traditions Old and New: 'Jazz Piano Christmas'

Legendary pianists mix with promising newcomers at the Jazz Piano Christmas, recorded live at the Kennedy Center. The 16th edition of the annual concert features Hilton Ruiz, Marcia Ball and others playing jazzy renditions of holiday classics.

Traditions Old and New: 'Jazz Piano Christmas'

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Holiday Music

A Christmas Concert from 'World Cafe'

Many songs heard at Christmastime are so well known, they merely become background noise. To counteract that trend, Christmas at the World Cafe presents soulful roots music inspired by the holiday.

A Christmas Concert from 'World Cafe'

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Live in Concert

Sinead O'Connor Finds New Roots In Jamaica

Once one of pop music's most distinctive and controversial stars, Sinead O'Connor returns for a night of Jamaican roots music with reggae legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, recorded live at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

Young Artist in Residence

Dvorak and Copland from Violinist Colin Jacobsen

In the third day of his week long stint as Performance Today's Young Artist in Residence, violinist Colin Jacobsen joins pianist Marija Stroke in works by Czech and American composers.

Dvorak and Copland from Violinist Colin Jacobsen

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Live in Concert

Iron and Wine, Calexico In Concert

Hear full concerts by new folk artists Iron and Wine with the roots rock group Calexico.

Iron and Wine in Concert on All Songs Considered

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A Tale of Two Humperdincks

Ever wonder how the singer known as Engelbert Humperdinck came by that odd name? Performance Today has the tale, as well as music by the name's original owner: composer Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in concert in Reykjavik.

A Tale of Two Humperdincks

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Music Articles

Mozart: The Child Prodigy in Salzburg

Renowned Mozart scholar Neal Zaslaw explores the composer's early years. And we hear performances of three Mozart symphonies: Symphony No. 11, Symphony No. 35 and the closing movement from the Symphony, K. 96.

Mozart: The Child Prodigy in Salzburg

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A Strauss Sextet from the Munich Symphony

The Munich Symphony Orchestra performs an orchestral arrangement of a sextet from the Richard Strauss opera Capriccio. Phillippe Entremont conducts the performance in Worcester, Mass.

A Strauss Sextet from the Munich Symphony

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