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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Timothy Laughlin (Aaron Blake, left) meets Hawkins Fuller (Joseph Lattanzi) in Cincinnati Opera's world premiere production of Fellow Travelers, based on the novel by Thomas Mallon. Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera hide caption

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A New Opera Illuminates The 'Lavender Scare,' A Little-Explored Era In Gay History

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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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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs live in New York City on June 7, 2015 at a special NPR Music event. Quincy Ledbetter/NPR hide caption

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

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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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Classical music fans are familiar with Robert Schumann. But they might not know that his his wife, Clara, was an accomplished composer, too. Franz Hanfstaengl/Getty Images hide caption

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'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

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Transgender choruses — such as the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, led by Lindsey Deaton (with guitar) — are springing up all over the country. A transgender pride flag is at the center of this image. James Geiger/The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles hide caption

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Transgender Choruses Harness The (Changing) Power Of Voices

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The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra's new album, Mirror, features music by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits. Kaupo Kikkas /ECM Records hide caption

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09Plainland Song

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Bassist Jane Little performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for more than 71 years — a world record. Dustin Chambers/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Jane Little, Atlanta's Dainty Double-Bass Player For 71 Years, Dies Onstage

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The Danish String Quartet's new release features British and Danish composers. Violinist Frederik Øland is second from the left; violist Asbjørn Nørgaard is second from the right. Caroline Bittencourt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music

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The Minnesota Opera's adaptation of The Shining brings the horror story to the stage. Ken Howard/Courtesy of the Minnesota Opera hide caption

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Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: 'The Shining' Is Now An Opera

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Composer Joseph Bertolozzi has created a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower, striking practically every surface he could reach and recording it. Franc Palaia/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How One Man Made The Eiffel Tower Sing

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The New York-based orchestra Alarm Will Sound puts a fresh twist on The Beatles' most maligned song. Carl Sander Socolow/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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01Revolution 9

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Daniela Mack and Matthew Worth star as First Lady and President Kennedy in a new show at the Fort Worth Opera, JFK. Nine Photography/Forth Worth Opera hide caption

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In Fort Worth Opera's 'JFK,' A Tension Between Joy And Tragedy

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Yehudi Menuhin, born 100 years ago, was far more than a violin virtuoso. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Yehudi Menuhin's Potent Blend Of Music, Humanism And Politics

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Musicians from the French ensembles Dedalus and Muzzix have recreated an album by Moondog, originally released in 1971. Christian Mathieu/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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24Behold

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Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera after 22 years. Metropolitan Opera Archives hide caption

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Is Battle Fatigue Over? The Met Rehires A Banned Soprano

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Cellist, conductor — and alleged billionaire — Sergei Roldugin (left) with Vladimir Putin at Russia's St. Petersburg Music House in 2009. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images hide caption

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Asia Palmer, now a high-school freshman at the Baltimore School for the Arts, has been with the OrchKids program since it began in 2008. Ned Wharton hide caption

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Young Musicians Blossom In Baltimore's OrchKids Program

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