Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012. Bill Swerbenski/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Chris Carroll/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

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The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011. Chris Lee/courtesy of the New York Philharmonic hide caption

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A garden serves as the stage in the opera. Zhang Yi hide caption

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The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

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After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

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Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977. James Garrett/New York Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

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Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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