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The work of composer Franz von Suppé has been used in cartoons like Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor and more. Wikimedia hide caption

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From Betty Boop To Popeye, Franz Von Suppé Survives In Cartoons

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The pipe organ of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, one of the most famous in the world, was spared from the cathedral fire on April 15, but major restoration needs to be done on the instrument. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After The Flames, Notre Dame's Centuries-Old Organ May Never Be The Same Again

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Caroline Shaw's album, Orange, is devoted to music for string quartet. Kait Moreno/Nonesuch Records hide caption

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Caroline Shaw's Love Letter To The String Quartet

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Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The project uses the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to explore connections between cultures. Lauren A. Terrazas/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing

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Performers rehearse in January 2018 for the controversial Hungarian State Opera production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012. Jan Regan/The Philadelphia Orchestra hide caption

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For Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Making Music Is 'Like A Religious Call'

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Lang Lang's latest solo record Piano Book is out now. Joseph Oerke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From A Piano Virtuoso, An Album For Beginners

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Soprano Christine Goerke, as Brünnhilde the Valkyrie warrior, at a dress rehearsal for Wagner's Die Walküre at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Richard Termine/Met Opera hide caption

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The Valkyrie Who Maxed Out Her Credit Cards: Christine Goerke Sings Brünnhilde

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Jeremy Denk's new album c.1300-c.2000 traces seven centuries of classical music. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

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Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra carry signs as they strike on March 11, 2019 in Chicago, after 11 months of talks failed to reach an agreement. Kamil Krzaczynski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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2 Sides In Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strike To Meet On Friday

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French composer Hector Berlioz died 150 years ago. He has been a lifelong favorite of the British author David Cairns, who wrote Berlioz's biography and edited and translated his memoirs. Émile Signol/Académie française/Villa Médicis, Rome hide caption

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André Previn in London in 1979. Previn died Thursday in Manhattan, at the age of 89. Keystone/Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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André Previn, Musical Polymath, Has Died At Age 89

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Dominick Argento, photographed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in Oct., 2014. The composer died Wednesday, Feb. 20 2019. Bruce Silcox/Courtesy of VocalEssence hide caption

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Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto (seen here performing in Miami in February 2019) released a massively popular electronic reworking of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in 2005. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for E11EVEN Miami hide caption

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From Funerals To Festivals, The Curious Journey Of The 'Adagio For Strings'

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Flutist Elizabeth Rowe, performing as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Winslow Townson/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Wim Janssen, one of the musicians involved in the recording project, plays a viola made by master luthier Girolamo Amati in 1615. Courtesy of Native Instruments hide caption

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An Italian Town Fell Silent So The Sounds Of A Stradivarius Could Be Preserved

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