The Ensemble ACJW, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (center), features musicians from the Academy, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. The violist to the right of Rattle is Nathan Schram. Jennifer Taylor/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Festival of Song founders Steve Blier and Michael Barrett. Courtesy of NYFOS hide caption

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Brian Bedford in his dressing room, preparing to play Oscar Wilde's Augusta Lady Bracknell. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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As the star of The Diary of a Madman, Geoffrey Rush discovered threads of modern absurdism in Nikolai Gogol's writing. Heidrun Lohr/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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The surreal Terwilliker Institute, featuring a 5,000-key piano, is the backdrop of Seuss' zany cult classic. Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Academy students work three days a week, 30 weeks a year, on the very highest musical level and performing on one of Carnegie’s stages with the likes of conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Jennifer Taylor hide caption

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George Li, one of the newest Young Concert Artists, is only 15 years old. Christian Steiner hide caption

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A stained glass window in the Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace) basilica in Yamoussourkro, Ivory Coast. Sia Kambou/Getty Images hide caption

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Since becoming music director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano has been an advocate of new music. Angela Morris hide caption

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The Manganiyar Seduction opens by slowly lighting up a stack of boxes in which 36 musicians play a variety of Indian instruments. Roysten Abel hide caption

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