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The "Hallelujah Chorus," from George Frideric Handel's Messiah, is such an iconic piece of music — and is so ingrained as a Christmas tradition — that it's easy to take its exuberance and its greatness for granted.

The Cello Concerto was the last of the three scores Antonín Dvorák wrote during his three-year residency in the U.S., when he served as director of the National Conservatory in New York City from 1892 to 1895.