Charles Gayle was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Vision Festival. On the event's opening night, Gayle performed as his alter ego, Streets the Clown. John Rogers for NPR hide caption

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Glenn Dicterow joined the New York Philharmonic as its concertmaster in 1980. He has performed as its soloist every year since. Chris Lee/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27. Ken Howard/Opera Theatre of Saint Louis hide caption

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Drummer LaFrae Sci (seen here in a photo shoot for Tom Tom Magazine) says that even nonmusicians can benefit from learning to hear two rhythms at once. Meg Wachter/Tom Tom Magazine hide caption

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Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae, has already captured the European music market. Now, he's setting his sights on the U.S. Dati Bendo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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