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Christopher Manion played music in restaurants while he studied at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and Notre Dame University, where he earned a Ph.D. in government. Since then, he has taught at various universities, spent six years as a subcommittee staff director on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, and helped found the political satire group The Capitol Steps. He has been a contributing editor and music critic for Saturday Review and High Fidelity magazines, and his op-eds and book reviews appear frequently in The Wall Street Journal.

Ted Libbey, Jr., graduated from Yale and studied music at the Stanford University Graduate School. He has served as a music critic for The New York Times and as classical music editor for High Fidelity magazine before becoming the classical music critic for National Public Radio, where he is a commentator on the weekly show, "Performance Today." His best-selling book, The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, is in its sixth printing. He has designed collections for Time-Life Music, two of which have sold over a million copies. He has served as a judge for the U.S. Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador program, as well as for the International Record Critics Awards.


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