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Isaac Cates and Ordained is one of two US a cappella groups performing at Vox Virtual. Clarence Lomax/Vox Virtual Festival hide caption

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Vox Virtual, An International Music Festival, Is About To Launch

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Ted Hearne's latest work, a theatrical production reckoning with gentrification and privilege, was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and was supposed to premiere on the West Coast in late March. Instead, Place was released as an album. Jen Rosenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ted Hearne On Exploring Gentrification Through The Music Of 'Place'

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New York Philharmonic first violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, playing for a socially distanced audience of two at Lincoln Center on July 31. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

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The Young People's Chorus of New York City, performing back in better times. Alexey Konkov/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

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"I got a lot of emails after we posted our first video," says violinist Dr. Erica Hardy. She says the orchestra's virtual performances are a way to give back to the community. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Meet The Medical Professionals Playing Classical Music Together Online

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Pianist Leon Fleisher eventually resumed playing with both hands after an injury sidelined him at age 36. Chris Hartlove/Provided by the artist hide caption

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Leon Fleisher, The Pianist Who Reinvented Himself, Dies At 92

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When thinking about putting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to music on Voices, Max Richter tried to capture the essence of "the world we haven't made yet." Mike Terry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Max Richter On 'Voices,' A New Album That Envisions A Better World

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Pianist Yuja Wang (pictured), violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Families are still seeking the musical instruments and other items stolen by the Nazis. Cornelia Li for NPR hide caption

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Where Are The Thousands Of Nazi-Looted Musical Instruments?

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The Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pa., created conditions for its inhabitants to become the first known female composers in America. Doug Kerr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America

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July 21 is the centennial of the birth of Isaac Stern. The violinist worked with his contemporaries, like Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and went on to mentor the next generation of musicians. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years

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Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning

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Composer Ennio Morricone, posing with his Oscar for The Hateful Eight in 2016. He died Monday at age 91 in Rome. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ennio Morricone, The Sound Of The American West, Dies At 91

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A drawing of composer William Dawson in 1935 by Aaron Douglas. Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony, long neglected, has received a new recording. Aaron Douglas/Tuskegee University Archives hide caption

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Someone Finally Remembered William Dawson's 'Negro Folk Symphony'

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