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Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has performed more than 80 world premieres. Elmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Young Afghan Pianist Plays For His Country's Future

"I want to show the new face of Afghanistan," says 18-year-old Elham Fanoos, now studying piano at Hunter College in New York.

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Songs We Love: Daniel Wohl, 'Source'

Hear the Paris native merge the oldest instrument, the human voice, with a palette of colorful electronic sounds, applied with a painter's touch.

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French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez conducts during a rehearsal ahead of a concert of contemporary music in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2007. Michael Latz /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop muses on both the Russian and American sides of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Third Symphony.

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A scene from the opera Becoming Claus, composed and with a libretto by Mark Adamo. Karen Almond/Courtesy of Dallas Opera hide caption

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Re-Imagining Santa Claus — From Grasping Kid To Avatar Of Generosity

Composer and librettist Mark Adamo set out to write an emotionally honest opera about the commercialism of the Christmas season.

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Nico Muhly's new holiday song is based on Longfellow's poem Snow-flakes. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love: Nico Muhly, 'Whispered and Revealed'

Hear a deceptive take on the winter blues by way of a versatile choir, a young New York composer and a 150-year-old poem by Longfellow.

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A New Music Journey From The U.S. To Havana

A misunderstanding morphed into an exciting idea: Take 10 American composers to Cuba. Hear their Havana concert.

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Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, photographed at Ainola, his home outside Helsinki, in the 1940s. Santeri Levas/Finnish Museum of Photography hide caption

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Organist Cameron Carpenter is a composer and performer who plays everything from Bach to pop. Heiko Laschitzki/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'An Object Of Pure Mathematics': Organist Cameron Carpenter On His Instrument

Carpenter performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this week. Scott Simon speaks with the virtuoso musician about his latest tour.

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Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in Youth as the fictional composer Fred Ballinger and his filmmaker friend Mick Boyle. Gianni Fiorito/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Behind The Music Of 'Youth'

David Lang was tasked with writing music for Michael Caine's character, an elderly composer who gets abruptly called out of retirement.

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Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman in 2009, playing his Stradivarius during a rehearsal with musicians from the Simón Bolívar National Youth Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Soloman Howard performs as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's Appomattox. Scott Suchman for WNO hide caption

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John Adams' latest album features works inspired by Beethoven. Deborah O'Grady/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Adams Mines Beethoven's Mind

Almost every composer, sooner or later, must come to grips with Beethoven. John Adams is inspired by the master's wit and rhythm.

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Simon Smith's new album traces the career of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Veronica Alva/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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