Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman. Betty Freeman/ECM Records hide caption

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The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

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Gabriel Kahane is the rare musician who travels easily between classical, musical theater and pop. His new album is The Ambassador. Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Post-Apocalyptic Picnics And Hollywood Steakhouses In Gabriel Kahane's LA

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Ennio Morricone became a fixture of global culture with his film music — but as a young composer, he was a radical. Courtesy of Armonia AC hide caption

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A Few Words With Ennio Morricone

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Titania awakes clinging rapturously to Bottom, still wearing the donkey's head, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mendelssohn wrote music for a production of the play in 1843. Henry Fuseli/Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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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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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

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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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Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

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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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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

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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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A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

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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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The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

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John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

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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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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

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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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The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

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

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Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

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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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Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

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Monastic Life At The Top Of The Charts

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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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'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

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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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Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

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

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94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

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Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

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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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The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

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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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Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

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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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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

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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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Leaders In Early Music Face A Final Curtain, With Grace

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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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Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

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