Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public. Todd Buchanan/courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra hide caption

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This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere. Kevin Gift hide caption

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American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter. Michael J. Lutch hide caption

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A window-screen view toward conductor Marin Alsop's studio, badly damaged during the hurricane. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violists Evelina Chao and Maiya Papach wage battle in happier times. courtesy of the Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra hide caption

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The original production of John Adams' Nixon in China (at Houston Grand Opera) celebrates the 25-year mark. Jim Caldwell /Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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The Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra perform Beethoven's Fidelio in January 2011 at the Benjamin and Maria Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio. Courtesy of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance hide caption

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Pianist Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance at the 50th Anniversary Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists concert in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6. Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation hide caption

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti, whose interview with the Scottish Sun this week sparked a furor — including the writer being called a "numpty," or fool. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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