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Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends on PRI / MPR New Classical Tracks

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Joshua Bell grew up in Bloomington, Ind., where he and his extended family knew how to get into the holiday spirit. His mother was Jewish, and his father, a former Episcopal priest turned psychotherapist, celebrated Christmas. "So around Christmastime, we'd have these musicales, as we'd call them. And everybody would get out their instruments and play, and I associate the holidays with music and celebration of course and that's really what the album is about," Bell explains. "I wanted to do an album that was sort of a broad celebration album, not just Christmas carols. I wanted it to be something a little different. And the title 'Musical Gifts' gives it a little more leeway there."

Read the full article and listen to Julie Amacher's interview: Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends on PRI / MPR New Classical Tracks.