French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez (right), seen here in 1984 with musician Frank Zappa (center) and French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, has died at age 90. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conductor Kurt Masur, seen here performing in Leipzig in 2007, announced in 2012 that he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. He died at age 88. Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore. Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari hide caption

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Robert Lee Watt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than three decades. Courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers hide caption

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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

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After more than 15 months, the bitter labor battle between the Minnesota Orchestra musicians and management has ended. Whether the orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä (pictured here) will return, after resigning in October, remains to be seen. Greg Helgeson/Minnesota Orchestra hide caption

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