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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians performing at the state capitol, in Annapolis, June 13, to urge Gov. Larry Hogan to release state funding for the financially strapped orchestra. Cheryl Diaz Meyer/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop directs the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, Md. Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Lucia Lucas, with cast mate Hidenori Inoue, in a dress rehearsal for the Tulsa Opera's 2019 Don Giovanni production. Shane Bevel Photography/Tulsa Opera hide caption

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'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic hide caption

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A Conversation With Jonny Greenwood, On Chaos And The Element Of Surprise

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The work of composer Franz von Suppé has been used in cartoons like Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor and more. Wikimedia hide caption

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From Betty Boop To Popeye, Franz Von Suppé Survives In Cartoons

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The pipe organ of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, one of the most famous in the world, was spared from the cathedral fire on April 15, but major restoration needs to be done on the instrument. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

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Caroline Shaw's album, Orange, is devoted to music for string quartet. Kait Moreno/Nonesuch Records hide caption

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Caroline Shaw's Love Letter To The String Quartet

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Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The project uses the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to explore connections between cultures. Lauren A. Terrazas/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing

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Performers rehearse in January 2018 for the controversial Hungarian State Opera production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012. Jan Regan/The Philadelphia Orchestra hide caption

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For Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Making Music Is 'Like A Religious Call'

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Lang Lang's latest solo record Piano Book is out now. Joseph Oerke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From A Piano Virtuoso, An Album For Beginners

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Soprano Christine Goerke, as Brünnhilde the Valkyrie warrior, at a dress rehearsal for Wagner's Die Walküre at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Richard Termine/Met Opera hide caption

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The Valkyrie Who Maxed Out Her Credit Cards: Christine Goerke Sings Brünnhilde

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Jeremy Denk's new album c.1300-c.2000 traces seven centuries of classical music. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

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