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These days, Carlos Enrique makes Nashville his base of operations, but the music of the guitarist and composer is infused with the sound of his first home: Puerto Rico. Enrique is a native of San Juan and a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. For his performance in Studio C, Enrique brought a mix of his own compositions and other works from Latin and French traditions, accompanied on cello by Dierdre Emerson.

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Tonight begins the eight nights of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Many of the greatest composers in classical music history were Jewish, and many expressed their heritage through the music they composed. To celebrate each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, here are eight classical pieces on Jewish themes.

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In 1920, a Jewish family moved from New York to Union City, Tennessee. It was a novel enough occurrence that, nearly a century later, their story has been adapted into a musical, called "Jew Store," which is coming through Nashville this weekend.

And while the name may sound provocative, it also illuminates an often forgotten piece of Southern history.

Director Jason Shelton brought Portara Ensemble back to Studio C in advance of the choir's concert on winter and holiday themes, drawing from classical and American folk traditions. The full performance is at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10 at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. 

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"Gorgeous," "stunning" and “so wrong.” These are the words that artist Robbie Lynn Hunsinger uses to describe her experience of the total solar eclipse this past August. She says she watched the awe-inspiring and eerie event from one of the best spots in town: a hillside next to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Timbre Cierpke grew up in Nashville in a very musical family (her name is a musical term, even) and she's carrying on the family tradition as a very active harpist and vocalist. 

Each year she organizes a Christmas concert with her band and the acapella choir Sonus; this year that performance is at 7:00 pm Friday, December 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood. For her performance in Studio C, Cieprke brought her own arrangements of holiday music to perform with cellist Lindsey Smith-Trostie.

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Nashville Symphony’s Senior Director of Operations and Orchestra Manager, Sonja Winkler, has been chosen to participate in the 2017-2018 The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. After a competitive application process, Winkler was one of only 12 applicants recognized for their potential to “make significant contributions to their orchestra and to the field as a whole,” as stated on the League of American Orchestras website.

Minnesota Public Radio today announced that it is "terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him." Among other things, that means an immediate end to the production of a show that aired each morning on 91Classical, "The Writer's Almanac." Within hours, the show's website was replaced with a statement about Keillor's termination and episodes ceased to be available to public radio stations.

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Matt Davich usually brings his saxophone to performances in Studio C, but this time we got to hear him playing the instrument that was his focus in music school: the clarinet. Davich brought along two other great woodwind players, oboist Stephanie Bettig and Andy Witherington on bassoon. The trio played a handful of rather contemporary pieces that often take a playful approach to chamber music.

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