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Host Lara Downes (left) talks with the young, Grammy-nominated jazz sensation Samara Joy. Nicholai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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Lara Downes' season 3 of 'Amplify' launches with a theme of renaissance

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Missy Mazzoli's next opera, Lincoln in the Bardo, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and is slated for a 2025 production. Caroline Tompkins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Walter Arlen in Chicago, pictured circa 1942. Walter Arlen hide caption

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Walter Arlen

Forensic musicologists race to rescue works lost after the Holocaust

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Japanese musician, composer, record producer, pianist, activist, writer, actor and dancer Ryuichi Sakamoto, photographed on June 30, 2016 in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As Ryuichi Sakamoto returns with '12,' fellow artists recall his impact

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Trade, created by Emma O'Halloran and Mark O'Halloran, will be featured at the PROTOTYPE festival this year. Maria Baranova/Unison Media hide caption

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Who says opera needs a grand stage? This festival is all about intimate productions

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A photo of Lionel Mapleson, pasted in one of his journals. Alex Teplitzky/NYPL hide caption

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This man's recordings spent years under a recliner — they've now found a new home

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Lyrics from 'One by One,' written by Connie Converse, will stay with you

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Angelo Badalamenti in a portrait taken Feb. 9, 1990. The composer, best known for his work with director David Lynch, died Dec. 11, 2022. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images hide caption

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A 2005 exterior shot of The Juilliard School, which is located on the campus of Lincoln Center in New York City. Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The classical singer Julia Bullock has released Walking in the Dark, her debut solo album. Grant Legan/Nonesuch Records hide caption

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With a bold debut album, Julia Bullock curates an unconventional career

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Julia Bullock's Walking in the Dark is one of NPR Music's top 10 classical albums of 2022. Photo illustration: Jackie Lay/NPR / Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs on stages around the world, sharing his love of classical, folk and pop. Courtesy Decca Classics hide caption

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason celebrates his eclectic inspirations

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Kelli O'Hara as Laura Brown, Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan, and Joyce DiDonato as Virginia Woolf in Kevin Puts's "The Hours." Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera hide caption

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Three superstar divas power opera 'The Hours' - coming to movie theaters everywhere.

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