Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert of powerhouse orchestral works at Carnegie Hall. AJ Wilhelm for NPR Music hide caption

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Conductor Simon Rattle, who has reportedly told the Berlin Philharmonic he will leave his post there in 2018. Thomas Rabsch/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An advertisement in Moscow for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first concerts in Russia in more than two decades. Todd Rosenberg/Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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At age 85, conductor Pierre Boulez says he might start to cut back on concerts in favor of spending more time composing. courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc. hide caption

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