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Flutist Eugenia Zukerman sets her struggle with Alzheimer's to verse in her new memoir. Angela Jimenez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'Like Falling Through A Cloud,' Eugenia Zukerman Explores Her Changing Mind

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Trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton drew controversy in 2011 with his rejection of the word "jazz." Now, he's reimagining black music with a new symphony. Jennifer Coombes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nicholas Payton Reimagines Musical Tradition With 'Black American Symphony'

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A scene from Ellen Reid's opera p r i s m, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for music. Noah Stern Weber hide caption

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The 2010s: Classical Music's Decade Of Reckoning

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Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

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Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative's Joker. Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Finds The Humanity In 'Joker'

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Jessye Norman performs in 1991 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Frans Schellekens/Redferns hide caption

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Majestic American Soprano Jessye Norman Dies At 74

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Plácido Domingo on stage in July. Domingo was scheduled to perform at New York's Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday but withdrew following accusations of harassment. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Plácido Domingo Out At Metropolitan Opera Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. On Monday, management and musicians announced a new one-year contract, ending a bitter labor dispute. Margot Schulman/BSO hide caption

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Opera singer Plácido Domingo performs in Szeged, Hungary, on Aug. 28. In a meeting on Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager discussed why he has not suspended or investigated Domingo, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Met Opera Chief: 20 Women's Accusations Against Plácido Domingo 'Not Corroborated'

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Holy Trinity Music School's youth choir and chamber orchestra perform in the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt garden in Washington, D.C. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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10 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, 'This Music School Will Never Stop'

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Antonin Dvorak predicted that American classical music would draw from African American traditions. A new article wonders why American classical music has remained so white. Karen Chan /Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Will Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, be filled with music this weekend? Musicans and management continue to argue over a new contract. Eli Pousson/Flickr hide caption

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Opera star Placido Domingo, 78, rehearsing onstage in Orange, France in July. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Report: 11 More Women Accuse Plácido Domingo Of Sexual Misconduct

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An undated portrait of America contralto Marian Anderson at her home. London Express/Getty Images hide caption

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Marian Anderson: The Most Modest Trailblazer

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