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Laurie Anderson, an artist and performer whose work spans disciplines, channels her emotional past into transformative art. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Catching Up With Laurie Anderson, An Artist Always Ahead Of Her Time

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Syrian-American pianist and composer Malek Jandali, photographed on May 16, 2015 in Dubai. Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Malek Jandali Considers Syria's Civil War, A Decade On

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Arthur and Abrams have collaborated on similar projects in the past, including a rap opera about Muhammad Ali in 2017. O'Neil Arnold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Music Is Music': A Rapper And A Conductor Cross Centuries In Louisville

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Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen's voice has been called one-in-a-million. James Hole /Decca Records hide caption

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From Norway With Horsepower: Soprano Lise Davidsen Is Conquering Opera

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Johann Sebastian Bach playing the organ, not the lautenwerck, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum. Rischgitz/Getty Images hide caption

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Bach's Favorite Instrument You've Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

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Even after brutal reviews for the short-lived Anyone Can Whistle, Stephen Sondheim continued to create provocative and form-shattering musicals. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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A Cult-Classic Sondheim Flop Gets An Essential New Recording

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Sasha Velour stars in The Island We Made, an opera composed by Angélica Negrón and filmed in a mid-century Staten Island house. Matthew Placek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'The Island We Made': Lip-Sync Opera And High Drag Sing An Ode To Mothers

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James Levine conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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James Levine, Former Met Opera Music Director, Is Dead At Age 77

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Devonté Hynes' new album, Fields, is nominated for two classical Grammy awards this year. Nick Harwood/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Devonté Hynes' Grammys Surprise And Biggest Inspirations

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Lara Downes. Her recent album, Phenomenal Women, featured recordings of compositions by Black female composers whose legacies have been overlooked by the classical establishment. Max Barrett/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With Her Recording Series 'Rising Sun,' Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

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Gustavo Dudamel during a press conferece on Sept. 30, 2009 in LA, around the time he was named the music director of the LA Philharmonic. Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dudamel And L.A. Philharmonic Reunite For Socially Distanced Virtual Concert Series

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Kris Bowers performs onstage during Soundcheck: A Netflix Film and Series Music Showcase on Nov. 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images hide caption

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Kris Bowers Reflects On Coming 'Full Circle' In Composing The Score For 'Respect'

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Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City remains closed following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 16, 2021. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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The Fort Lauderdale duo Black Violin wrote "Time to Shine" after reflecting on what happened last year and ringing in the new one. Mark Clennon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Time To Shine,' Black Violin Focuses On The Light

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An artist's rendition of the conch of Marsoulas being played in a cave where it was found by researchers in the early 20th Century. G. Tosello hide caption

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Why A Musician Breathed New Life Into A 17,000-Year-Old Conch Shell Horn

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Kayhan Kalhor is an Iranian kamancheh virtuoso and composer whose work has been celebrated around the globe. Julia Gunther for NPR hide caption

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After U.S. Immigration Battle, Musician Kayhan Kalhor Returns To Iran

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Maryanne Amacher, an artist and composer, is one of the women featured in the new documentary Sisters with Transistors. Peggy Weil/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Sisters With Transistors': Pioneers Of Electronic Music

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Will Liverman 'Dreams Of A New Day' For Black Composers

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