Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke stands beside conductor Marin Alsop, who holds the giant hammer Gustav Mahler includes in his Sixth Symphony. Izabel Zambrzycki/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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"In the midst of chaos, I find peace by loving," Joyce DiDonato says. "I love, and that gets me out of the situation." Brooke Shaden/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joyce DiDonato On Why Art Matters In The Midst Of Chaos

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Wynton Marsalis onstage in New York in April 2016. His new violin concerto made its East Coast debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center last week. Andrew Toth/Getty Images hide caption

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The Transatlantic Collaboration Behind Wynton Marsalis' New Violin Concerto

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Composer Steve Reich, who turned 80 on Oct. 3. Carolyn Cole/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

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Nadia Sirota wants contemporary classical music to feel approachable. "There's no chance it'll disappoint a new listener, but people do need a way in," she says. Samantha West/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nadia Sirota On Making Music Accessible (Even When It's Weird)

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"Even people who come in cold without any knowledge — you still hope that somehow the music will speak to them," Christopher Rouse says. Jeffrey Herman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

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On his new album, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov arranges Chopin's Mazurkas like a mixtape. Colin Way/Hyperion Records hide caption

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09Mazurka, in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and celebrated critic Virgil Thomson, photographed in 1972. The Library of America has brought out a second volume of his writings on music. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Virgil Thomson: On being a composer

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Tim Page, former music critic for The Washington Post, is rebuilding his life after a traumatic brain injury in July 2015. Maggie Smith/Courtesy of University of Southern California hide caption

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From Trash To Triumph: The Recycled Orchestra

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In 1959, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time by an all-Chinese orchestra and sung in Mandarin. Courtesy of China National Symphony Orchecstra hide caption

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Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

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Marin Alsop and John Adams at a performance of Adams' Dr. Atomic at the Cabrillo Festival in 2008. Cabrillo Festival hide caption

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A Parting Gift — With Legs — For Marin Alsop At The Cabrillo Festival

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James Maddalena (right) as Richard Nixon and John Duykers as Mao Tse-tung in the 1987 Houston Grand Opera world premiere of Nixon in China by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman. Jim Caldwell/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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An American Opera Impresario Takes His Final Bow

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs live in New York City on June 7, 2015 at a special NPR Music event. Quincy Ledbetter/NPR hide caption

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Watch Yo-Yo Ma Play A Moving Tribute To Going Home

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Classical music fans are familiar with Robert Schumann. But they might not know that his his wife, Clara, was an accomplished composer, too. Franz Hanfstaengl/Getty Images hide caption

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'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

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José Martinez's mariachi opera Cruzar La Cara De La Luna premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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Alt.Latino Goes Classical: Orchestral Music From Latin America

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The Danish String Quartet's new release features British and Danish composers. Violinist Frederik Øland is second from the left; violist Asbjørn Nørgaard is second from the right. Caroline Bittencourt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music

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Composer Joseph Bertolozzi has created a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower, striking practically every surface he could reach and recording it. Franc Palaia/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How One Man Made The Eiffel Tower Sing

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Yehudi Menuhin, born 100 years ago, was far more than a violin virtuoso. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Yehudi Menuhin's Potent Blend Of Music, Humanism And Politics

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