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Riccardo Muti so impressed composer Carl Orff with his 1980 'Carmina Burana' performance that Orff reworked some tempo and dynamic markings in the score to hew to Muti's interpretation.

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October 3, 2012 – Hear Riccardo Muti leading composer Carl Orff's lusty masterpiece. WQXR

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads his forces through a vibrant opening-weekend performance of Stravinsky, Stucky and Ravel on Sept. 30, 2012.

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October 1, 2012 – Hear Stravinsky's iconic Rite Of Spring and a world premiere conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. KUSC

Members of ACME (violinists Caroline Shaw and Ben Russell, violist Nadia Sirota and cellist Clarice Jensen) dug into Steve Reich's Different Trains to open their performance, recorded live on Sept. 11, 2012.

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September 11, 2012 – The contemporary music dynamos traversed landmark works at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge. Q2

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Yo-Yo Ma offered a graciously warm performance of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for cello and strings with student musicians.

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August 13, 2012 – Hear an all-star performance with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor. WGBH

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.

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July 7, 2012 – The orchestra marked 75 years at its summer home with an all-Beethoven program. WGBH

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Pianist Lang Lang in recital at Carnegie Hall on May 29, 2012.

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May 29, 2012 – The most famous classical pianist in the world gives a recital of introspective solo works. WQXR

Violinist Gil Shaham.

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May 23, 2012 – Violinist Gil Shaham joined Franz Welser-Möst and the orchestra in an exciting, unusual program. WQXR

The Nashville Symphony with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero (center) during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York on May 12, 2012.

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May 12, 2012 – A wonderfully weird Carnegie Hall program features Terry Riley's new concerto for electric violin. WQXR

The Houston Symphony and conductor Hans Graf presented an all-Shostakovich evening for their evening at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hal on May 7, 2012. They played two rarely heard works in powerful performances: the bitingly satirical Anti-Formalist Rayok, with soloist Mikhail Svetlov (pictured), as well as the gargantuan Symphony No. 11.

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May 7, 2012 – Hear the biting all-Shostakovich program the Houston Symphony brought to Carnegie Hall. WQXR

Danielle De Niese performs at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on Jan. 23, 2012.

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May 3, 2012 – Watch an intense performance by a soprano who mixes rock glam with operatic elegance.

The Pavel Haas Quartet live at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 27, 2012.

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April 27, 2012 – Hear the group the Times of London has called "the world's most exciting string quartet." WQXR

Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-winning opera recounts a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German troups during World War I.

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April 23, 2012 – Silent Night, by Kevin Puts, recounts a surprise cease-fire in World War I. Hear the entire opera. MPR

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The Emerson Quartet play Beethoven at the Savannah Music Festival. From left: Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton

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April 6, 2012 – The Emerson Quartet plays Beethoven's most soulful string quartet at the Savannah Music Festival.

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Daniel Hope occupies his time performing, recording, writing, shooting videos and running music festivals.

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April 5, 2012 – The violinist, author and festival producer plays in a concert of French chamber music.

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Guitarist Milos Karadaglic appeared in recital at the Savannah Music Festival.

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April 4, 2012 – When he first held his father's old guitar, Milos Karadaglic knew he'd chosen the right instrument.

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