"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there." Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall. Torsten Kjellstrand/for NPR hide caption

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Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra gave the final performance in this year's Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2013. The program was of all 20th-century Russian music: Shchedrin's Slava, Slava; Schnittke's Viola Concerto; and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony. Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR hide caption

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Nicola Benedetti performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013. Marie McGrory/Marie McGrory/NPR hide caption

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine says she had her infant daughter in mind when she decided to record an album of lullabies. Andrew Eccles/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher." Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hide caption

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Hungarian-born American cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at 88. Starker's career included more than 165 recordings, as well as decades of teaching. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971. Zhang Yaxin/Courtesy of the see+ Gallery, Beijing, and the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. hide caption

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Caroline Shaw, who composed the piece Partita for 8 Voices for her vocal group Roomful of Teeth, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music. Dashon Burton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, asserts that Anton Bruckner's music, in its long-winding search for beauty, is the perfect antidote for modern life. He and the orchestra brought Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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In her latest video message, opera star Joyce DiDonato ponders the art of loneliness on the road. Nicholas Heavican hide caption

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