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We have a winner! After soul searching deliberation by our panel of judges the winner of the 2019 Garage Band Contest is….….Dunies

The Dunies capture the spirit of a young band performing 2/12 minute classic surf rock sounds. They are releasing a new EP soon.

This up and coming band from Cocoa Beach area will perform at our Sonic Waves Festival April 13.

Igor Stravinsky
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Stuck in Switzerland during World War I, Igor Stravinsky was in a pickle. There were no royalties coming from Paris for his ballets, and his home in Russia was off the table due to the revolution. He was slowly going broke.

To keep the wolf from his door, he came up with a miniature stage production based upon an old Russian fairy tale about a returning-home soldier and his Faustian  bargains with the devil.

With its small cast and orchestra, l'Histoire du Soldat traveled from town to town, almost like a vaudeville, and it's our featured work this week.

This week we skip across the Atlantic from music of the French Renaissance and Baroque to the colony of New France -- Eastern Canada, in other words -- and some battle music from the very early 1700s.

Then we'll look at some 20th-century music written by a pair of Canadians that most people know, one way or another, but  don't usually think of as classical music composers.

After the festivities the night before, tune in on New Year’s Dayfor our annual Sound Waves Top 25 Albums of 2018.

  Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
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All Songs Considered is NPR’s guide to discovering new music below the radar. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a mix of seasonal favorite’s with special guests John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Lucius and more.