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Ballerinas of the New York City Ballet perform Serenade by George Balanchine at the Mariinsky theatre in St.Petersburg, July 30, 2003. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion

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Arvo Pärt's four symphonies — newly recorded for ECM — trace a 45-year journey the composer took in finding his true style. Birgit Püve/ECM Records hide caption

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Connecting The Dots On Arvo Pärt's Symphonic Journey

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Composer Tod Machover Discusses How He Created 'Philadelphia Voices'

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"We're reduced to being something on sight," says Lawrence Brownlee. The tenor sings a new song cycle with music by Tyshawn Sorey and words by Terrance Hayes. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A New Song Cycle Contemplates Blackness

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On Brad Mehldau's new album, he alternates keyboard works by J.S. Bach with his own jazz-inflected explorations. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'After Bach' Offers Brad Mehldau's Well-Tempered Jazz

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Venezuelan conductor and composer José Abreu delivers a speech to the young musicians of his orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela in January, 2009. Abreu was the founder of "El Sistema," an educational framework intended to extend musical instruction to children, regardless of their background. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sopranos Emily Pulley (left) and Jennifer Zetlan perform in the On Site Opera production of Morning Star. Pavel Antonov/Courtesy of On Site Opera hide caption

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'Morning Star' Opera Sheds New Light On Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Of 1911

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Claude Debussy, photographed ca. 1908. He died 100 years ago on March 25, 1918. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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14La plus que lente

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Tenor Rinde Eckert performs the role of Vietnam veteran Hugh Thompson, Jr. in My Lai. Ryan Hartford/CAP UCLA hide caption

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50 Years After The My Lai Massacre, An Opera Confronts The Past

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Musical Connections musicians perform with teaching artists Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Camila Meza at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 2017. Stephanie Berger/Carnegie Hall hide caption

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Making Musical Connections At Sing Sing Prison

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Bob Padgett's notes on Elgar's Enigma Variations . The Texas musician continues to search for hidden clues in the British composer's famous piece. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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Elgar's 'Enigma' Still Keeps Music Detectives Busy

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At 15, George Li won a silver medal the Tchaikovsky Competition. Now, at 22, he's got a new album and plenty of recognition. Simon Fowler/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Li's 'Sensible Route' To Piano Prominence

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John Corigliano and music director Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala in September 2016. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for New York Philharmonic hide caption

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John Corigliano On Composing At 80: 'An Adagio Is What I Look For'

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