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Clint Mansell is the Grammy-nominated composer whose work on Requiem for a Dream jumpstarted a prolific and distinctive score career. Mike Palmer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Requiem For A Theme: Film Composer Clint Mansell On The Sound Of Sadness

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Chinese conductor Jiajing Lai performs in the first edition of La Maestra, an international competition for women conductors, held at the Philharmonie de Paris this September. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Women Conductors Are The Rule, Not The Exception, At A New Classical Event

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Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered is a prayer for the wildlife on our planet. Anja Schutz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass, Rebooted For The 21st Century

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A 1939 portrait of opera singer Lawrence Tibbett, the co-founder and first president of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Fairfax Media/Getty Images hide caption

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Isaac Cates and Ordained is one of two US a cappella groups performing at Vox Virtual. Clarence Lomax/Vox Virtual Festival hide caption

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Vox Virtual, An International Music Festival, Is About To Launch

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Ted Hearne's latest work, a theatrical production reckoning with gentrification and privilege, was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and was supposed to premiere on the West Coast in late March. Instead, Place was released as an album. Jen Rosenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ted Hearne On Exploring Gentrification Through The Music Of 'Place'

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New York Philharmonic first violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, playing for a socially distanced audience of two at Lincoln Center on July 31. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

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The Young People's Chorus of New York City, performing back in better times. Alexey Konkov/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

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"I got a lot of emails after we posted our first video," says violinist Dr. Erica Hardy. She says the orchestra's virtual performances are a way to give back to the community. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Meet The Medical Professionals Playing Classical Music Together Online

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Pianist Leon Fleisher eventually resumed playing with both hands after an injury sidelined him at age 36. Chris Hartlove/Provided by the artist hide caption

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Leon Fleisher, The Pianist Who Reinvented Himself, Dies At 92

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When thinking about putting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to music on Voices, Max Richter tried to capture the essence of "the world we haven't made yet." Mike Terry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Max Richter On 'Voices,' A New Album That Envisions A Better World

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Pianist Yuja Wang (pictured), violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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