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It's the birthday of Estonian composer Arvo Part, one of the greatest living composers. He's spent much of his life composing religious works — including this Biblical text, the Nunc Dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon. Paul Hillier conducts the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in Atlanta's Spivey Hall.



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