Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' new album, It's A Holiday Soul Party, is out now.

The year is almost over! Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton sit down with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to look back at the memorable moments and music of 2015

This list of our favorite albums of the year (published alphabetically) includes hip-hop that reckons with our incandescent political moment and the foundational ideas that shaped our nation. Pop for the first moments of new love, metal for the end of the world. Songs from a dozen countries and as many genres, and plenty from areas in-between. There's so much here we adore, from old favorites and new obsessions. We hope you find something to love.

Melbourne Chamber Music Society
Melbourne Chamber Music Society

This season the Society will present six  rather than the traditional five concerts. Included in the series are the thirteen member New York Chamber Soloists, three string quartets, one with piano, a traditional piano trio and a violin and piano duo.