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John Adams Mines Beethoven's Mind

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The last photo of Leon Klinghoffer, taken on the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. He was killed there during a hijacking. Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History hide caption

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30 Years After Their Father's Murder, Klinghoffer Daughters Step Onto Their Own Stage

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Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

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American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone. Nonesuch hide caption

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The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

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Spring For Music: A Rare American Oratorio At Carnegie Hall

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John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

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David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin. Dilip Vishwanat/St. Louis Symphony hide caption

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The American Symphony: Music And Ideas With David Robertson

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The Attacca String Quartet's latest album celebrates John Adams. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco hide caption

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Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012. Bill Swerbenski/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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