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A rare recording of Phinney's Rainbow — thought to be the first produced musical of Stephen Sondheim (shown here as a wizened showbiz veteran of 32, with three Broadway musicals under his belt) — has been found on a bookshelf in Milwaukee. Michael Hardy/Express/Getty Images hide caption

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A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces

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Olha Abakumova is an opera singer and a member of the Khmelnytskyi Regional Philharmonic and a music teacher. When she came to the U.S. with her daughter, she made sure to find room in her suitcase for her most treasured sheet music for Ukrainian arias that she sings. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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Angélica Negrón is this week's guest on Alt.Latino. Catalina Kulczar/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Angélica Negrón: The genre-subverting composer on embracing all sides of her identity

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Composer Julia Wolfe at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her piece Her Story on Sept. 15, 2022. Kurt Heinecke/Nashville Symphony hide caption

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Our biggest orchestras are finally playing more music by women. What took so long?

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Mexican tenor Javier Camarena's recital at the LA Opera. Lawrence K. Ho hide caption

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How Italian opera influenced Mexican ranchera

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The new interior of David Geffen Hall, during a New York Philharmonic tuning session. Michael Moran/New York Philharmonic hide caption

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Stripped to the bones: Why a new NYC concert hall sounds so much better

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Composer and trumpeter Etienne Charles, in a portrait taken inside the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Lawrence Sumulong/Courtesy of Lincoln Center hide caption

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Revisiting San Juan Hill, the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Lincoln Center

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Conductor Marin Alsop on her upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?

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Lizzo plays President James Madison's crystal flute in the flute vault at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26, 2022. Shawn Miller/Library of Congress hide caption

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Dancer Calvin "Cal" Hunt during rehearsals for Tyshawn Sorey's Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at the Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 24, 2022. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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Pianist and composer Chad Lawson hopes his music can heal people struggling with mental health challenges. Michael Zamora/NPR hide caption

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Pianist Chad Lawson seeks to heal in new album

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Composer Julia Wolfe's latest work, Her Story, receives its world premiere in Nashville on Sept. 15, 2022. Peter Serling/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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San Francisco Opera prompter Matthew Piatt sits in the prompter's box at the War Memorial Opera House. Chloe Veltman/NPR/Chloe Veltman/NPR hide caption

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The hidden world of an opera prompter

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