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The last photo of Leon Klinghoffer, taken on the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. He was killed there during a hijacking. Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History hide caption

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Aleksandrs Antonenko (right) will be the Met's first tenor to forego skin darkening makeup to play the lead role in Verdi's Otello. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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A rehearsal for the first fully staged U.S. production of Ethel Smyth's 1904 opera The Wreckers at the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Cory Weaver/Bard SummerScape hide caption

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The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will give competitors 13-17 years old a chance at a Cliburn victory. Van Cliburn Foundation hide caption

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Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld and his wife Malwina were Wagner's original Tristan and Isolde in 1865. Joseph Albert/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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'Tristan Und Isolde,' The Love Story That Changed Opera For Good

Wagner's epic meditation on love turns 150. Projected on a cosmic level, the music triggered a seismic shift in Western music.

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After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

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This week, the ensemble became the first professional U.S. orchestra since 1999 to play in Cuba — 86 years after its first visit to Havana.

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Sina Shahbazmohamadi places a 3-D printed copy of a recorder foot joint into a measuring device in a lab at the University of Connecticut's Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Peter Morenus/UConn hide caption

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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky. Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR hide caption

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Chinese conductor Long Yu. P.A.D. Studio/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gael García Bernal (right), Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell star in the classical music comedy series Mozart in the Jungle. Nicole Rivelli /Amazon Studios hide caption

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The rotunda at the historic Steinway Hall in Manhattan. The building will be torn down to build luxury condominiums. Steinway & Sons hide caption

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Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

The resplendent New York piano showroom is shutting down to make way for luxury condos. But that doesn't mean the company is going anywhere.

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Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments. Graziano Panfili for NPR hide caption

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll. Wonge Bergmann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Scottish-American soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967) portrayed Goethe's character Gretchen, known as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's opera Faust. Bettmann/CORBIS hide caption

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