Jessye Norman performs late on June 6, 2008 during the 14th Sacred World Music Festival. Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Valentina Lisitsa's new album, Chasing Pianos, features music from Michael Nyman's score to the 1993 film The Piano. Alexei Kuznetsoff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas. Library of Congress hide caption

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Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures Corey Hayes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Kronos Quartet (from left): David Harrington, John Sherba, Sunny Yang and Hank Dutt. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying." David Sauer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1. Jim Tuttle/NPR hide caption

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Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias. Marc Ribes /Erato/Warner Classics hide caption

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Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s. Luke Ratray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the film Philomena. Alex Bailey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain. Javier del Real/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pioneering American violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920). Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Choreographer Bill T. Jones at an appearance earlier this year. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts. Battle Hymns Productions hide caption

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Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan. Prototype Opera Festival hide caption

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Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour. Marco Borggreve/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From left: Video director Joe Sabia, bassist Michael Thurber and recording engineer Matt McCorkle of CDZA. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C. Denise DeBelius/NPR hide caption

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Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623). Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony. Eric Thayer for NPR Music hide caption

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