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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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Randy Bachman holds a Gretsch guitar that is similar to the one stolen in 1976. He plans to swap this one for his original with TAKESHI, a Japanese musician who bought Bachman's beloved instrument in 2016. Randy Bachman hide caption

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Rocker Randy Bachman's guitar was stolen 45 years ago. A fan tracked it down

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From bankruptcy to IPO in a year? It's a tune Guitar Center might play

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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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Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music

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We take a look at a few greats, old and new: Vicente Fernandez, Susana Baca, Cimafunk. Reanna Cruz/NPR Illustration hide caption

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Alt.Latino And NPR News: Musical Profiles From Mexico, Cuba and Peru

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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm vaccinated. Is it OK to sing into a karaoke mic again?

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Alt.Latino Unpacks the Latest Music News, Including Latin Grammy Drama

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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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Eminem surprises fans at the opening of his 'Mom's Spaghetti' restaurant in Detroit

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A Judge Suspends Britney Spears' Dad From Her Conservatorship

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A cassette with the recording of teenage journalists' 1970 interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with polaroid photos from the conversation, seen at Bruun Rasmussen Auction House in Copenhagen on September 24, 2021. An unidentified bidder won the lot for the equivalent of $58,240. Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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