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An Unlikely Youth Chorus Comes Together Online

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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012. Bill Swerbenski/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Chris Carroll/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

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The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country. Courtesy of the Numero Group hide caption

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In subtropical Japan, the sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life. Collection of Museo Azzarini, Universidad Nacional de La Plata/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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3 Strings And A Snakeskin: Okinawa's Native Instrument

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The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011. Chris Lee/courtesy of the New York Philharmonic hide caption

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A bit of "Love Is Strange"

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The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

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R. Kelly (left) as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as Twan, in Trapped in the Closet, which relaunched with new chapters last week on IFC. Parrish Lewis/IFC hide caption

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R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

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After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

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Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977. James Garrett/New York Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

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