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The Minnesota Orchestra may go on strike after management proposed to cut musicians' salaries by 28 percent.

Read Trouble In The Twin Cities: Two Orchestras In Labor Disputes

September 15, 2012 – Both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra may be headed for a strike.

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The Atlanta Symphony performs at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 2011.

Read Atlanta Symphony Locked Out

September 11, 2012 – With the symphony's 68th season weeks away, it's uncertain whether the opening concert will happen.

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Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.

Read Why The Atlanta Symphony Matters: Five Recordings For The Lockout

September 6, 2012 – Celebrate the sound of the orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.

John Cage during his 1966 concert at the opening of the National Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Read Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

September 5, 2012 – Cage's most lasting influence may be in his ideas about the artistic freedom in breaking rules.

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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.

Read A 'Numpty' Glance, Minnesotan Muddles And Brass Bullies

August 31, 2012 – From around the classical internet in the week gone by, all the news that's fit to link.

The violinist now known as "Amadeus Leopold."

Watch Violinist Hahn-Bin: A New Name — And A Very Old Sound

August 29, 2012 – The artist pushes all kinds of buttons except one: contemporary music.

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.

Read Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer KERA

August 27, 2012 – The iconic American classical pianist who first rocketed to fame in 1958 has announced his illness. KERA

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.

Read Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

August 17, 2012 – The Atlanta Symphony struggles, a one-handed pianist graduates and the music of John Cage continues.

Marvin Hamlisch in a 1979 portrait.

Read Hamlisch At Juilliard, A Deal In Philly And Saving Ives

August 10, 2012 – Several deaths, desperate financial straits and an official '50 Shades of Classical.'

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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