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Mary’s (and Isaiah’s, and Gabriel’s) song

Music | Immanuel looks at the birth of Christ from different perspectives
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/18/17, 11:36 pm

With her new album Immanuel, Melanie Penn has risen to the challenge of creating original Christmas music that neither exploits nostalgia nor struggles to be trendy. Of its 10 songs, only “Joy to the World” taps tradition.

“We wanted to salute the Christmas canon,” Penn told me of the carol’s inclusion, “and to give a nod to the fact that ‘Hey, we know we’re in a space where there’s lots of familiar music.’”

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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/09/17, 12:07 pm

Vaughan Williams: Job, Symphony No. 9

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Hard time, soft rock

Music | A bout with depression shook up Jon Troast’s life and music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/31/17, 04:52 pm

When the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jon Troast debuted in World magazine eight years ago, he was surviving as an independent musician by performing unplugged in the homes of his fans. They’d invite friends and family, pay Troast a $100 minimum, buy his discs, put him up, then say goodbye until next time.

Now, other than having doubled his price and expanded his merchandise to include Christmas ornaments of his own making, he’s still surviving that way. House show number 1,000 is on the horizon.

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