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Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Steps Down After 2nd Sexual Assault Accusation

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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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Russell Simmons, co-founder of the hip-hop label Def Jam, announced he would step down from the leadership of the businesses he founded. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Fast Company hide caption

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A lot factors come into play in creating a guitar's sound.There's size and shape of the instrument and its parts. Then, there's the skill and the approach of the musician to consider. kertu_ee/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Cellos are lined up backstage at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before a Nov. 8 rehearsal of Schubert's Ninth Symphony. The CITES Rosewood regulations have made some musicians apprehensive about taking instruments containing the wood across international borders. Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

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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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Members of the band Hawa Dafi at cafe in Majdal Shams where they performed the previous night. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

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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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Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks Dies At 96

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Clockwise from left: Shabazz Palaces, Tegan and Sara, Jimetta Rose, Perera Elsewhere. Victoria Kovios/Pamela Littky/Visual Thought/Gene Glover/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Musical Acts Show Their Gratitude On Thanksgiving

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