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still from Pharrell Williams's "Happy" video
Pharrell Williams

New Year's resolutions cover just about everything these days … from getting more exercise to reading more books for fun. How about ... "being happy?"

Baritone David Newman conducts a drive-in choir rehearsal, in a screenshot from his video "Physically distant drive-in ensemble rehearsal"
David Newman

We're fans of anything radio-based, so this is a win in our book. Also, the sounds of the Northern Lights, a new symphonic virtual reality experience, and more, all ahead in this week's roundup.

A view of Boston at sunset
Matthew Landers via

This New Year's Eve, ring in 2021 with the music that makes the CRB staff feel hopeful and light.

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After the 2019 fire, the Notre Dame Cathedral's organ lives on. Also, celebrate Beethoven, make your own blob opera, and more, in this week's roundup!

Tradition and Continuity, from H+H and GBH

Dec 17, 2020
Members of the H+H Chorus record Messiah at GBH
Meredith Nierman / GBH

The composer Gustav Mahler once wrote, “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”