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Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov fled his hometown of Kyiv for Berlin in early 2022. Dmitri Matveyev/Naxos hide caption

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What's past is present for Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov

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Speranza Scappucci conducts singers on stage and the orchestra in the pit for the Washington National Opera's production of Turandot. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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One of opera's greatest hits gets a new and happy ending in Washington

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Conductor Andrew Davis, right, raises his arms as he takes a bow, accompanied by Renee Fleming, and Peter Rose, center, during the final dress rehearsal of Richard Strauss's Capriccio in the Metropolitan Opera at New York's Lincoln Center, March 25, 2011. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Cellist Maya Beiser has reimagined Terry Riley's pioneering work In C, which helped launch the style of music called minimalism. Boyang Hu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cellist Maya Beiser's variation on a minimalist manifesto

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Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä has just been announced as the next music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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28-year-old conductor Klaus Mäkelä will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Composer Anna Clyne — one of the most performed living composers — embraces melody in her music as a vehicle to connect with listeners. Christina Kernohan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cellis Maya Beiser offers a remarkable interpretation of Terry Riley's In C on her latest album. Boyang Hu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 5: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Will Liverman's latest album, Show Me The Way, honors women's contributions to music. Daniel Welch/Morahan Arts and Media hide caption

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Baritone Will Liverman celebrates women in new album 'Show Me The Way'

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The Apollo Chamber Players create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. The members of the Houston based ensemble are Matthew Dudzik, left, Aria Cheregosha, Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramírez. Lynn Lane/Apollo Chamber Players hide caption

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Classical ensemble Apollo Chamber Players is tuned in to today's headlines

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Composer Julia Perry, photographed in Florence, Italy, in 1957 after she won her second Guggenheim fellowship. David Lees/Getty Images hide caption

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Rediscovering the rigor of composers Julia Perry and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

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A rehearsal of Émigré by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall on Wednesday. Adam Crane/Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic hide caption

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A story of Jewish Shanghai, told through music

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Jan Vogler plays a 1707 Stradivari cello made during Bach's lifetime. He compares it to learning to swim in an Olympic pool: "the pressure on me is more to have imagination to match the instrument." Zayrha Rodriguez/NPR hide caption

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Amanda Gorman's poetry and Bach's music offer joint message of hope

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George Gershwin, photographed in his 72nd Street apartment in New York in 1934. His Rhapsody in Blue premiered 100 years ago on Feb. 12, 1924. PhotoQuest / Contributor/Getty Images hide caption

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'Rhapsody in Blue': After a century, Gershwin's musical melting pot still resonates

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Seiji Ozawa led the Boston Symphony orchestra for nearly 30 years. Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Seiji Ozawa, longtime conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has died at 88

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View of an embroidered sheet of music from the piece Organ2/ASLSP by John Cage. Artist Sabine Groschup expands the embroidery with each change of sound. After two years, the sound of the slowest piece of music in the world, has changed for the 16th time. This means that the six-sound piece that has been played in the Burchardi Church since February 2022 has become a seven-sound piece. Matthias Bein/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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A 639-year-long John Cage organ performance strikes a new chord in Germany

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Anastasia Kobekina's debut album with Sony Classical revolves around the city of Venice and the impressions it leaves. Johanna Berghorn/Sony Music Entertainment hide caption

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Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina shares postcard of Venice through the ages

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