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This week's show features a trio of Midstate musicians making traditional Balkan and Bulgarian music, very similar to the folk melodies that influenced composers like Dvorak, Brahms and Bartok.

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On a cold January afternoon, voices ring out from the choir, speaking text that echoes throughout the sanctuary of Fisk Memorial Chapel.

headshots provided by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble today announced that cofounder and longtime Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers is retiring from her role at the organization's helm. The violinist will continue to perform  with ALIAS and will be given the title Artistic Director Emeritus.
 

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For the 16th year in a row, Roger Wiesmeyer is organizing a birthday celebration for one of music's greatest geniuses: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This year's annual Mozart Celebration will feature several vocal selections as well as Wiesmeyer playing the solo part in a piano concerto (all by Mozart, of course.) 

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Members of the Belmont, MTSU and Blair School faculties came together to play a holiday edition of Live in Studio C on brass instruments: Joel Treybig and Patrick Kunkee, trumpets; Leslie Norton, horn; Jeremy Wilson, trombone; Gilbert Long, tuba.

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When the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra performs this Tuesday night, it will be for their biggest audience of the year. For the past six years, the orchestra has held annual concerts at Casa de Dios, a Hispanic church in East Nashville with over 2000 congregants.

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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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