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Geoffry Wharton with his mysterious Gagliano violin. Bailey Swan/Courtesy of Geoffry Wharton hide caption

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A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

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Vijay Gupta is a violinist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic whose life's work has been to make music accessible to all. That passion caught the attention of others and this year he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Roman Cho/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All

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Violinist William Preucil (left), taking a bow with the Cleveland Orchestra at a 2016 performance in Miami. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for The Cleveland Orchestra hide caption

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The site-specific art installation called "WDCH Dreams" by media artist Refik Anadol is projected onto the undulating stainless steel facade of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Sept. 2018 in Los Angeles. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Rise Of The LA Philharmonic To 'America's Most Important Orchestra'

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The Totenberg-Ames Stradivarius is pictured in a mold while being prepared to have its edge reinforced during restoration. Courtesy of Bruno Price hide caption

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The Tale Of The Stolen Totenberg Stradivarius Ends With A New Legacy

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"Every time I learn something new about the music, I then bring [that] into the next performance," Hilary Hahn says. Dana van Leeuwen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

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Matthew Aucoin, 28, has been awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant for his work as a composer and conductor. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. hide caption

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Our solar system is the subject of composer Gustav Holst's The Planets, which premiered 100 years ago on Sept. 29, 1918. NASA/Wikimedia commons hide caption

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'The Planets' At 100: A Listener's Guide To Holst's Solar System

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Magos Hererra's new album, Dreamers, with the string quartet and Brooklyn Rider, is steeped in Latin American culture. Shervin Lainez/Sony Music hide caption

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Erasing Genres En Español: A Smoky-Voiced Jazz Singer Meets Classical Strings

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New York Philharmonic music director Jaap van Zweden performs at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on Sept. 20, 2018 in New York City. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way

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Anthony Roth Costanzo takes opera to unlikely places, including NPR Music's Tiny Desk. Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR hide caption

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Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

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