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Composer Julia Wolfe at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her piece Her Story on Sept. 15, 2022. Kurt Heinecke/Nashville Symphony hide caption

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Our biggest orchestras are finally playing more music by women. What took so long?

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Mexican tenor Javier Camarena's recital at the LA Opera. Lawrence K. Ho hide caption

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How Italian opera influenced Mexican ranchera

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The new interior of David Geffen Hall, during a New York Philharmonic tuning session. Michael Moran/New York Philharmonic hide caption

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Stripped to the bones: Why a new NYC concert hall sounds so much better

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Composer and trumpeter Etienne Charles, in a portrait taken inside the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Lawrence Sumulong/Courtesy of Lincoln Center hide caption

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Revisiting San Juan Hill, the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Lincoln Center

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Conductor Marin Alsop on her upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?

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Lizzo plays President James Madison's crystal flute in the flute vault at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26, 2022. Shawn Miller/Library of Congress hide caption

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Dancer Calvin "Cal" Hunt during rehearsals for Tyshawn Sorey's Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at the Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 24, 2022. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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Pianist and composer Chad Lawson hopes his music can heal people struggling with mental health challenges. Michael Zamora/NPR hide caption

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Pianist Chad Lawson seeks to heal in new album

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Composer Julia Wolfe's latest work, Her Story, receives its world premiere in Nashville on Sept. 15, 2022. Peter Serling/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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San Francisco Opera prompter Matthew Piatt sits in the prompter's box at the War Memorial Opera House. Chloe Veltman/NPR/Chloe Veltman/NPR hide caption

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The hidden world of an opera prompter

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Piano Maker Nannette Streicher on World Cafe

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Vienna Central Cemetery Walk on World Cafe

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On his new album, Sean Shibe ditches his nylon-strung classical guitar for a Fender Stratocaster. Iga Gozdowska/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sean Shibe, a shape-shifting artist, redefines the idea of a classical guitarist

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The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra performs at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday. Richard Termine hide caption

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Home is never far for the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, even when touring in the U.S.

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