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Lara St. John: A Little Skin, Lots Of Violin

The violinist, once described as having a "controversial sense of fun," reflects on her self-confidence and her much-discussed album covers.

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Conductor Charles Mackerras, photographed in 1974, will be remembered for rebuilding the reputation of Czech composer Leos Janacek. Getty Images hide caption

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Tenor Enrico Caruso, circa 1910, in the lead role in Leoncavallo's opera I Pagliacci (The Clowns). Getty Images hide caption

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The Emerson Quartet's latest passion is the late string quartets by Dvorak. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco hide caption

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Daniel Bjarnason, from Iceland, is among a new crop of young composers equally conversant in classical and popular music. Bedroom Community Records hide caption

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Composer Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto is this year's Pultizer Prize winner for music. Candace DiCarlo hide caption

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The Kronos Quartet's latest cross-cultural exploration finds the band collaborating with master musicians from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Jay Blakesberg. hide caption

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