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Midspring Surprise: Lost Mendelssohn Song Found
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Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer
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The Colorado Symphony's Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver last summer. If you squint, you can see a cloud of something that's probably not pot smoke. Matt Korona/Courtesy of the Colorado Symphony hide caption

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean. Evan Hurd Photography hide caption

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John Luther Adams: 'Become Ocean' (excerpt courtesy of the Seattle Symphony)
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Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people. University of Pennsylvania hide caption

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Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation
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Rick Blaine, the sentimental tough guy in Casablanca, pined for "As Time Goes By." The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Play It Again And Again, Sam
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Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband
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Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours
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Like many regional orchestras, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially. But after a lot of work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city. Courtesy DSO hide caption

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After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, captured around 1733, in a portrait by one of his relatives, Gottlieb Friedrich Bach. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty
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Robert Ashley's operas for television redefined the genre. Joanne Savio/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83
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ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, member Katy Perry and president Paul Williams at the 2012 Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif. Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup hide caption

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Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War
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Takashi Niigaki stepped forward today in Japan as the ghostwriter for popular composer Mamoru Samuragochi — and added another twist to the breaking story. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Stradivarius violin is pictured in December 2009 at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police
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Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974. Bryan Frank/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress
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Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells the story of an Auschwitz prisoner and a Nazi guard, whose lives continue to interweave after the the war. Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels
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Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Guitarist Kirk Hammett (left) and his band Metallica will join classical pianist lang Lang on stage at the Grammy wards telecast Sunday night. Getty Images/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Celebrated conductor Claudio Abbado in 1979 in his native Milan, during his tenure as music director of the city's famed opera house, La Scala. Giorgio Lotti/Mondadori/Getty Images hide caption

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