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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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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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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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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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Benjamin Zander: How Does Music Transform Us?

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Brazilian Pianist Nelson Freire Brings An Uncannily Delicate Touch To 'Brahms'

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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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