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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A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making
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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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Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered
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Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989. Jacques M. Chenet/Corbis hide caption

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Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103
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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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Storm Scores: Finding Poignant Reminders In Water-Damaged Music
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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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Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ryan Donnell hide caption

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Philadelphia Orchestra Reboots With New Music Director
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The Minnesota Orchestra is one of many orchestras around the country dealing with labor disputes. Greg Helgeson hide caption

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During Lockout Season, Orchestra Musicians Grapple With Their Future
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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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In Ohio, A Three-Way Musical Marriage Of Convenience
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The Minnesota Orchestra may go on strike after management proposed to cut musicians' salaries by 28 percent. Courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra hide caption

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Trouble In The Twin Cities: Two Orchestras In Labor Disputes
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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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The Atlanta Symphony performs at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 2011. Jennifer Taylor hide caption

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Atlanta Symphony Locked Out
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John Cage during his 1966 concert at the opening of the National Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C. Rowland Scherman/Getty Images hide caption

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Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100
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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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