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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Henry Threadgill calls his Pulitzer-winning piece, In for a Penny, In for a Pound, "an epic." John Rogers/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Opening)'

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Asia Palmer, now a high-school freshman at the Baltimore School for the Arts, has been with the OrchKids program since it began in 2008. Ned Wharton hide caption

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Young Musicians Blossom In Baltimore's OrchKids Program

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Tenor Javier Camarena got to sing a rare encore while playing the role of Ernesto in the Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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The Show-Stopping Singing Of Javier Camarena

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George Gershwin's beloved An American In Paris features the sounds of taxi horns — but a musicologist argues we've been using the wrong ones. Creative Commons hide caption

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Has 'An American In Paris' Been Honking Up The Wrong Key?

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Helene Grimaud's new album, Water, is inspired by environmental activism and the sheer number of compositions dedicated to water. Matt Hennek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Helene Grimaud's New Album, 'Water' Is A Metaphor And Motivation

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Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has performed more than 80 world premieres. Elmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

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Morris Robinson in the Los Angeles Opera's 2009 production of The Magic Flute. Los Angeles Opera hide caption

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From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage

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Serge Rachmaninoff, photographed in 1919, somewhere outside of San Francisco. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

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Leonard DiCaprio stares down a treacherous winter wasteland in the new film The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Kimberley French/20th Century Fox hide caption

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In 'The Revenant,' A Return From Death's Door — Onscreen And Off

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Composer Patrick Castillo leads the Third Sound ensemble in a Havana performance in November 2015. Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR hide caption

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Hear Selections From The ACF Concert

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Organist Cameron Carpenter is a composer and performer who plays everything from Bach to pop. Heiko Laschitzki/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'An Object Of Pure Mathematics': Organist Cameron Carpenter On His Instrument

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Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in Youth as the fictional composer Fred Ballinger and his filmmaker friend Mick Boyle. Gianni Fiorito/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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'We Use Music To Understand Where We Are': David Lang On The Music Of 'Youth'

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