David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin. Dilip Vishwanat/St. Louis Symphony hide caption

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Regina Resnik as Ellen Orford in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1948. Metropolitan Opera Archives hide caption

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Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera Archives hide caption

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich? Bill Swerbenski/San Francisco Symphony hide caption

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At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts. Richard Bowditch/Moab Music Festival hide caption

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