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      The annual Midnight Special Christmas/solstice program features holiday humor such as Stan Freberg, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May, new Christmas recordings from 2014; and in observance of its 100th anniversary, a very special feature, the entire performance by Cantus of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 a recreation of carols and readings from that night in WWI more...

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      Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recipient of YCA’s 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, violinist Paul Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in the YCA Series in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts more...

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      Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums

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