Gabriel Kahane is the rare musician who travels easily between classical, musical theater and pop. His new album is The Ambassador. Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Owen Pallett's latest album is called In Conflict. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sturgill Simpson's new album is Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Reto Sterchi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ennio Morricone became a fixture of global culture with his film music — but as a young composer, he was a radical. Courtesy of Armonia AC hide caption

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Titania awakes clinging rapturously to Bottom, still wearing the donkey's head, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mendelssohn wrote music for a production of the play in 1843. Henry Fuseli/Getty Images hide caption

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D'Angelo with Nelson George (left) onstage at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday night. Drew Gurian/Red Bull Content Pool hide caption

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Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20. Thomas Brodin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dancers pose reverently in the video for "Love Never Felt So Good," the lead single from Michael Jackson's posthumous Xscape album. YouTube hide caption

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Hozier performs live in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Olivia Merrion/NPR hide caption

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Ledisi performs at the 2013 BET Honors awards. The singer has been nominated for eight Grammy awards over the past 10 years. Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET hide caption

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Kishi Bashi's second solo album is titled Lighght. Kaden Shallat/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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