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Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Edward Polochick, Handel: Messiah

This recording of Handel’s “Messiah” features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, members of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, Soprano Jennifer O’Loughlin, Alto Diana Moore, Tenor Nicholas Phan, and Bass Sidney Outlaw.

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… into the blue for String Quartet

Commissioned by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial and written in celebration of the Cornish Colony and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the composition … into the blue captures elements of the landscape, artwork, and friendships memorialized at the National Historic site.

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Reading, Writing, and Rhythmetic: the ABCs of Music Transcription

will improve your ability to transcribe music and help you make the connection between the music you hear and what it looks like on the page through a step-by-step approach.

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John Legend, A Legendary Christmas

John Legend of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) released his first-ever holiday album, featuring eight holiday classics, such as “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” as well as six new holiday tunes.

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Martin Bresnick: Parisot for Twelve Cellos

This unique orchestration is a bold addition to the cello repertoire. Martin Bresnick’s Parisot for Twelve Cellos is a musical portrait of Bresnick’s admired colleague Aldo Parisot of Local 400 (Hartford-New Haven, CT).


Mike Daly, Renascence

Renascence is defined as the revival of something that has been dormant. This is the third solo album from musician, songwriter, and producer Mike Daly of Local 257 (Nashville, TN).

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Kathy Mattea, Pretty Bird

This is the first new album in six years for the Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member. Though Kathy Mattea has enjoyed two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four number one country singles, five gold albums, and a platinum greatest hits album, her continued career was in doubt when her voice began to change a few years ago.


Restless for Saxophone Quartet

This rollicking four-minute piece for saxophone quartet is challenging, but not virtuosic, and has been performed by groups ranging from advanced high school players to professionals.

John Carter Cash, We Must Believe in Magic

“No matter our path, the magic is inside us all. And though it may be forgotten, it can be remembered once again … It is only up to us to do one single thing, and do it purely … believe,” says Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member John Carter Cash.

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Triangle Big Muff Pi

The Triangle Big Muff Pi is a faithful recreation of the original 1969 circuit, now housed in a pedalboard friendly, die-cast chassis.