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'Cold Mountain' Takes Civil War Odyssey To The Opera Stage

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In 27 Pieces

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Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

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Violin Concerto: 3. Fly Forward

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Robert Spano, Champion Of New Music

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