Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 live at Carnegie Hall on February 3, 2013. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer. William Gottlieb hide caption

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them. Flickr/modenadude hide caption

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NPR Music, WQXR and (Le) Poisson Rouge host an intimate evening of music that spans both great Western and Middle Eastern music with members of an inspiring orchestra, led by one of classical music's most eminent artists. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy. Michal Daniel/Minnesota Opera hide caption

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper. Courtesy of Francesco Lotoro hide caption

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Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song. Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging hide caption

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The mountainside Montserrat monastery, north of Barcelona, inspired Paul Moravec to write a cello concerto. Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images hide caption

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Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters during the 1963 March on Washington and President Barack Obama speaks at his first inauguration in 2009. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, who has just been named as the next music director of the Houston Symphony. Martin Sigmund/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says. Nadia F. Romanini/ECM records hide caption

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Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials. Toccata Classics hide caption

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Over a quarter century, Naxos Records has evolved from an industry joke to a leading force in classical music. Naxos hide caption

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Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

In the past 25 years, Naxos Records has gone from an oddball industry joke to a leading label and innovative distributor of classical music.

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