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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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Tubist Richard Antoine White shares his unlikely path to the stage 'I'm Possible'

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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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Members of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music on the plane to Doha. Courtesy of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music hide caption

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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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Rather than a heroic journey, the story at the center of Blanchard's opera is one of self-discovery, with an assured, tactile specificity which includes a boistrous fraternity step routine that opens Act III. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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Will Liverman (center) as Charles in Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Terence Blanchard Makes History At The Metropolitan Opera

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"Noah's Violin", a giant floating violin by Venetian sculptor Livio De Marchi, journeyed through Venice's Grand Canal on Saturday. De Marchi, who has sent many wooden works into the water, came up with the idea during last year's pandemic lockdown. Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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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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A scene from Francisco Negrin's production of Verdi's Il Trovatore, shown in a performance from the Opera de Monte Carlo. Alain Hanel/courtesy of LA Opera hide caption

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Faced With Deadline Drama, LA Opera Stages A Construction Sprint

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