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Deceptive Cadence

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Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus) and Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double) in Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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In 'Eurydice,' Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl recast opera's foundational myth

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A new album marks the 90th birthday of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Peter Hundert /Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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The fearless musical philosophy of Sofia Gubaidulina

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Four centuries of Black American history are told in new Kronos Quartet performance

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Opera singers (left to right) Elīna Garanča, Helen Donath and Tamar Iveri perform in Mozart's opera Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Opera Festival. Andreas Schaad/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Huang Ruo gives voice to the dark history of Angel Island

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The conductor Bernard Haitink leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an undated photo. Haitink died Thursday at age 92. Todd Rosenberg/Courtesy of Askonas Holt hide caption

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Lara Downes, whose series Rising Sun Music re-centers compositions from historically marginalized composers. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pianist Lara Downes re-centers the music of the Great Migration

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Gil Rose and Boston Modern Orchestra Project recording in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Mass. Chuck Furlong/Boston Modern Orchestra Project hide caption

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music

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The percussion ensemble Recap has released its striking debut album, Count to Five. Jacob Blickenstaff hide caption

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A young, all-women ensemble upends the percussion paradigm

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Simone Dinnerstein in dress rehearsal for The Eye Is the First Circle. Maria Baranova/courtesy of Peak Performances hide caption

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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein illuminates a lifetime in art with a new multimedia concert

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American composer Carlisle Floyd, photographed at his first home, in which he composed his best known opera, Susannah, in Tallahassee, Fla. in 2009. Scott Holstein /Tallahassee Magazine hide caption

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Carlisle Floyd, a founding father of American opera, has died at age 95

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Colette Maze, now 107, began playing the piano at age 5 and defied the social conventions of her day to embrace it as a profession rather than as a pastime. Her son first arranged for her performances to be recorded when she was in her 90s. She has just released her sixth album. Family photo; Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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This French Pianist Has Been Playing For 102 Years And Just Released A New Album

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Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson sets the music of Mozart amid his peers to offer a fresh take on the master composer. Ari Magg/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Víkingur Ólafsson Wants To Change Your Mind About Mozart

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Audience members assembled on the lawn to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra, newly returned to Tanglewood after last season's cancellation. Hilary Scott/Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Back Together And Blown Away: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To Tanglewood

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Attacca Quartet members Amy Schroeder, Domenic Salerni, Andrew Yee and Nathan Schram dig into dance music on their new CD. David Goddard/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Haydn To Flying Lotus, Attacca Quartet Embraces Music Non-Stop

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On Let The Soil Play Its Simple Part, Caroline Shaw's new album with Sō Percussion, the hyper-flexible composer reinvents as a singer-songwriter. Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR/Photo by Dayna Szyndrowski hide caption

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70 New Ways To Think About 'America The Beautiful'

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Composer Julius Eastman's music is slowly moving from neglected to championed. Donald Burkhardt hide caption

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Julius Eastman, A Misunderstood Composer, Returns To The Light

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On his new CD, classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic plays two works composed especially for him. Esther Haase/Verve Label Group hide caption

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Man With A Mission: Miloš Seeks The Next Great Classical Guitar Showpiece

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