Joshua Bell, the onetime violin prodigy who grew into what some call a classical music rock star, has taken the helm of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. On his first tour with the group as both music director and conductor, he plays the violin while simultaneously conducting the orchestra.
Snider is a singer-songwriter with a sharp sense of humor, as evidenced by the title of his new album, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that even Snider's most pessimistic songs have a sense of humor and energy that gives them an exhilarating spin.
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