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Deceptive Cadence

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Trade, created by Emma O'Halloran and Mark O'Halloran, will be featured at the PROTOTYPE festival this year. Maria Baranova/Unison Media hide caption

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Who says opera needs a grand stage? This festival is all about intimate productions

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A photo of Lionel Mapleson, pasted in one of his journals. Alex Teplitzky/NYPL hide caption

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This man's recordings spent years under a recliner — they've now found a new home

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Angelo Badalamenti in a portrait taken Feb. 9, 1990. The composer, best known for his work with director David Lynch, died Dec. 11, 2022. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images hide caption

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An exterior shot of The Juilliard School in New York City, taken in September 2020. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2005 exterior shot of The Juilliard School, which is located on the campus of Lincoln Center in New York City. Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The classical singer Julia Bullock has released Walking in the Dark, her debut solo album. Grant Legan/Nonesuch Records hide caption

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With a bold debut album, Julia Bullock curates an unconventional career

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Julia Bullock's Walking in the Dark is one of NPR Music's top 10 classical albums of 2022. Photo illustration: Jackie Lay/NPR / Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary. Provided by the artist hide caption

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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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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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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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On his new album, Sean Shibe ditches his nylon-strung classical guitar for a Fender Stratocaster. Iga Gozdowska/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sean Shibe, a shape-shifting artist, redefines the idea of a classical guitarist

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From left to right: Geneviève Laurenceau, David Kadouch, Fiona McGown and Héloïse Luzzati perform at the July 2022 edition of the music festival Un Temps pour Elles. Alexis Lardilleux/La Boîte à Pépites hide caption

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A new label revives forgotten female composers' music

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UC Berkeley Professor Richard Taruskin, whose 4000-page book The Oxford History of Western Music set a benchmark for writing about the history of classical music. San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst N/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty hide caption

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"That's where our story starts, but that's not where music starts."

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Vijay Gupta performing with some of the professional musicians in Street Symphony at the Midnight Mission on LA's Skid Row. David Zimmerman hide caption

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Street Symphony plays in harmony with Skid Row's 'sacred spaces'

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Composer Carlos Simon's Requiem for the Enslaved, commissioned by Georgetown University, is a reckoning with the school's troubled history. Toko Shiik/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

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Herman Makarenko, lead conductor for the National Opera of Ukraine. Julian Hayda/NPR hide caption

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Kyiv opera house reopens after 3 months

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, left, with composer John Williams, right. The pair recently released a collaborative recording, A Gathering of Friends, with the New York Philharmonic. Lawrence Sumulong/Courtesy of Sony Music hide caption

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Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma bring together 'A Gathering of Friends'

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, Perspectives, is the group's most accessible. Saverio Truglia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's borderless music finds inspiration in fleet-footed beats

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Raven Chacon's Voiceless Mass has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. Adam Conte/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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