With Christmas looming, the pop legend — who has recorded three albums of Christmas music and just released a compilation of them, called The Classic Christmas Album — spoke with Morning Edition about the season.
An Orthodox Jew, the singer-songwriter ran into trouble trying to tour in support of a major-label release without performing on the sabbath or high holy days. That and slow sales nearly killed Clare's career, but it got a reboot from an unlikely benefactor: Microsoft.
The Dutch violinist and conductor, often called "The King of the Waltz," is one of the most commercially successful classical artists in history. His latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.
Myrlie Evers-Williams is the widow of assassinated civil rights activist Medgar Evers. After her husband's death, she became a noted activist herself. But music has always been one of her loves, and she's about to fulfill a longtime dream on the Carnegie stage.
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