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It takes a lot to best the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Christmastime. Not to mention youthful Italian opera sensations Il Volo and Placido Domingo. But the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and composer J.J. Wright held them — and opera star Joyce DiDonato — out of the top spot on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums charts for

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Alt-Rock Bassist And Classical Violinist Step Into New Musical Territory Together Mike Mills has kept busy in the years since R.E.M. announced their breakup in 2011. The bassist and co-founding member of the pioneering alternative rock act lent his talents to a collaboration with Patterson Hood & The Downtown 13 for a notable special release

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By A. Diallo Jackson It wasn’t long ago that a graduate from a top-flight music school might count a symphony position as a fall-back career should his solo aspirations crash and burn. Today, not only may the first chair be gone but the symphony as well. With these kind of roadblocks, barriers and dead-ends, a

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