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'We Shall Not Be Moved': A New Opera Traces The Legacy Of The 1985 MOVE Bombing

The opera We Shall Not Be Moved revisits the story of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia, and that tragedy's impact on Philadelphia's youth. Shown here: Actors portraying the ghosts that inhabit the site of the bombing surround character Un/Sung (Lauren Whitehead, center).Dave DiRentis /Opera Philadelphiahide caption

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'We Shall Not Be Moved': A New Opera Traces The Legacy Of The 1985 MOVE Bombing

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Turn It Down: Morton Feldman's Silent Revolution

Composer Morton Feldman at the piano, ca. 1963.University at Buffalo Music Library hide caption

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Turn It Down: Morton Feldman's Silent Revolution

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New Pop-Up Series Treats Silicon Valley Workers To Opera At The Office

Soprano Katharine Gunnink sings the aria "Ch'il Bel Sogno" by Puccini at Adobe Headquarters in San Jose, Calif. for Arias in the Office.James Tensuan/KQEDhide caption

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New Pop-Up Series Treats Silicon Valley Workers To Opera At The Office

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Aloft In Translation: The Myriad Sides Of Bill Murray

On the upcoming album New Worlds, actor and comedian Bill Murray teams up with cellist Jan Vogler and friends for music by Bernstein and Gershwin and poetry and prose by Whitman and Twain.Peter Rigaudhide caption

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'I Feel Pretty/America' from Bernstein's West Side Story

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Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Confronts Controversy Over Right-Wing Guest Conductor

Some musicians from the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra are protesting an invitation extended to conservative radio host Dennis Prager to guest conduct.Louise Huang/Santa Monica Symphony Orchestrahide caption

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Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Confronts Controversy Over Right-Wing Guest Conductor

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Chopin In The Shadows: The Supernatural Adventures Of Byron Janis

Byron Janis, photographed in 1968 at the Chateau Thoiry, where he discovered two rare Chopin manuscripts, one of which sits on the antique piano.Maria Cooper Janis/Courtesy of the artisthide caption

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Chopin In The Shadows: The Supernatural Adventures Of Byron Janis

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Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

Edward Parks, who plays Steve Jobs, and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.Ken Howard/Courtesy of the Santa Fe Operahide caption

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Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

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Experience From The Mouth Of The Sun's Guileless Beauty

Aaron Martin (left) and Dag Rosenqvist record as From the Mouth of the Sun.Laura Steele / Malin Johanssonhide caption

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Light Blooms in Hollow Space

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300 Years Of Handel's 'Water Music,' With A Splash Of Politics

A portrait of George Frideric Handel, presenting his Water Music to King George I.Bettmann Archive/Getty Imageshide caption

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300 Years Of Handel's 'Water Music,' With A Splash Of Politics

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Remembering Pierre Henry, A Composer Who Made The Everyday Extraordinary

The late composer Pierre Henry, in a 2008 photograph taken in a Paris studio.Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Remembering Pierre Henry, A Composer Who Made The Everyday Extraordinary

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An Estonian Choir Channels Emily Brontë's Windswept Blues

The Grammy-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir's new album is devoted to music by compatriot Tõnu Kõrvits.Courtesy of the artistshide caption

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An Estonian Choir Channels Emily Brontë's Windswept Blues

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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

Part of the cover art for Planetarium, the concept album by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister and Bryce Dessner.Courtesy of the artisthide caption

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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

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Philharmonic Flip-Flop: Conductor Alan Gilbert Trades New York For Hamburg

Alan Gilbert (center) with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. He has left that orchestra and announced his new position as chief conductor of the NDR Elbphiharmonie, in Hamburg, Germany.Andrew Toth/Getty Imageshide caption

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Meet Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Of The Original Song Of The Summer

An illustrated scene from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the play Mendelssohn celebrates in his expansive, beautiful Overture in E major, Op. 21.Hulton Archive/Getty Imageshide caption

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Meet Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Of The Original Song Of The Summer

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