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New York's Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan. Famed conductor James Levine, its music director emeritus and former conductor, was suspended by the company while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The Danish String Quartet looks to their Nordic roots on the new album, Last Leaf. Caroline Bittencourt/ECM Records hide caption

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Vintage Nordic Folk Tunes, With Strings Attached

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On their new album, Bang on a Can All-Stars wear stethoscopes to perform music by Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry. Lisa Bauso/Cantaloupe Music hide caption

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02The Brief and Neverending Blur

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James Levine, shown leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007, has been suspended by the Metropolitan Opera following allegations of sexual abuse. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sexual Abuse Allegations Against James Levine Spell Trouble For Met Opera

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This weekend, hundreds of people, ranging from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians to school kids, will play broken instruments owned by the Philadelphia public school system in hopes of getting them fixed. Neda Ulaby/NPR hide caption

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The Healing Sound Of A Broken Orchestra

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Miners on stage for a rehearsal of Girls of the Golden West, the new opera by John Adams and Peter Sellars, which premiered at the San Francisco Opera Nov. 21. Stefan Cohen/San Francisco Opera hide caption

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Panning For Gold And Self-Awareness In John Adams' New Opera

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Gianandrea Noseda recently began his debut season conducting the National Symphony Orchestra. Scott Suchman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Celebrating 100 Years Of Bernstein With Gianandrea Noseda

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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass. Marco Borggreve hide caption

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A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

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The Tallis Scholars, one of four choir groups who will be performing at Lincoln Center's The Psalms Experience. Kevin Yatarola/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival

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A scene from Thomas Adès' opera The Exterminating Angel, based on Luis Buñuel's 1962 surrealist film of the same name. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Buñuel's 'Exterminating Angel' Gets An Off-Kilter Screen-To-Stage Adaptation

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Violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1917, the year he made his American debut at Carnegie Hall. Library of Congress/Bain News Service hide caption

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'Like Electricity': Jascha Heifetz Made His American Debut 100 Years Ago

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Glenn Gould, with his gloves and wrist-warmers, in the Columbia Records studio where he recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations. Don Hunstein/Sony Classical hide caption

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The Gould That Didn't Glitter: New Box Set Of 'Goldberg Variations' Outtakes

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A ghost stands in the ruins of a demolished building in a scene from the film A Ghost Story. Bret Curry/A24 hide caption

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How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

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Opera director Yuval Sharon, seen here at his home in Los Angeles, was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Roman Cho/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

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Composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Tyshawn Sorey, who has been granted a MacArthur Fellowship. John Rogers/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Prize

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Members of the Danish String Quartet turn to folk music from their Nordic homeland for their new album, Last Leaf. Caroline Bittencourt/ECM hide caption

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06AE Romeser

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    AE Romeser
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    Danish String Quartet
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