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Songs We Love: The Westerlies, 'Saro'

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On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

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A Parting Gift — With Legs — For Marin Alsop At The Cabrillo Festival

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Just part of David Bromberg's collection of more than 250 American violins, crafted by nearly as many makers. Jon Kalish hide caption

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These 250-Plus Violins Are About To Be Owned By The U.S. Government

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In The Sounds Of Jason Bourne's World, A Story Of Creation And Loss

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Polish composer Henryk Górecki, in Zakopane, Poland, in 1994 — two years after a recording of his Symphony No. 3 became a surprise hit. Górecki died in 2010. Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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13Hej, z gory, z gory

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James Maddalena (right) as Richard Nixon and John Duykers as Mao Tse-tung in the 1987 Houston Grand Opera world premiere of Nixon in China by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman. Jim Caldwell/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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An American Opera Impresario Takes His Final Bow

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Watch Yo-Yo Ma Play A Moving Tribute To Going Home

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Salman Rushdie's 'Shalimar The Clown' Is Now An Opera

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Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

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