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Music to make you merry

The Star-Ledger's music critics have sorted through dozens [of Christmas albums]; here are reviews of some of the best.

From The Star-Ledger, December 5, 2007

"A Princeton Christmas -- For the Children of Africa"
Various Artists (Princeton Christmas)

Those burned out by Christmas marketing overload should listen to the first track on this CD -- a spirit-raising version of "The First Nowell" by the Princeton University Choir, singing the Vaughan Williams arrangement in a December 2001 concert. It's the first of many beautiful moments on this disc assembled in Princeton for the best of reasons -- to raise money to feed the less fortunate. Proceeds from album sales (either CDs from or downloads via iTunes) will go to the United Nations' World Food Program. Along with six more performances by the Princeton University Choir, the 20-track disc features other wonderfully trained voices from Princeton -- the American Boychoir, the Princeton Girlchoir, the Tartantones of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and the Westminster Choir of Rider University's Westminster Choir College. The Westminster Bell Choir closes the disc with a spin through the march from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker."
-- Bradley Bambarger

For more information, visit Friends of the World Food Program (http:/, a non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the WFP (

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