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Songs of Joy and Peace

This week we’re celebrating the New Year with the hope of peace in 2009. What better way than with a collection of musicians coming together with songs of joy and peace? Yo-Yo Ma proves he is the master of the classical crossover album again this recording. Here he teams up with everyone from James Taylor to Dave Brubek in some seasonal favorites.

At the heart of the CD is a serious of improvisations on the Latin hymn “Dona nobis pacem” (Grant us peace). We hear versions of this simple melody in a broad range of styles, from solo cello to jazz to Kentucky bluegrass.

Our quick pick this week is sure to liven up your New Year’s festivities. It’s a collection of the Best of the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s concert with a variety music from the Strauss clan.

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Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960): My Favorite Things
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc. and others — Songs of Joy & Peace (Sony, 2008)
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Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960): My Favorite Things
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc. and others — Songs of Joy & Peace (Sony, 2008)
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Traditional Irish: The Wexford Carol
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc., Allison Krauss, vocals, and others — Songs of Joy & Peace (Sony, 2008)
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Traditional: Improvisation on Dona Nobis Pacem
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc.; Chris Thile, mandolin — Songs of Joy & Peace (Sony, 2008)
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John Lennon (1940-1980): Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc. and others — Songs of Joy & Peace (Sony, 2008)
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Johann Strauss II (1825-1899): Die Fledermaus: Overture
Herbert von Karajan — Best of New Year's Concert (Deutsche Grammophon, 2003)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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