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Vijay Gupta performing with some of the professional musicians in Street Symphony at the Midnight Mission on LA's Skid Row. David Zimmerman hide caption

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Street Symphony plays in harmony with Skid Row's 'sacred spaces'

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Saba (left), Lizzo (center) and Rosalía have released some of our favorite songs of the year so far. Collage by Estefanía Mitre / NPR/Photos courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Composer Carlos Simon's Requiem for the Enslaved, commissioned by Georgetown University, is a reckoning with the school's troubled history. Toko Shiik/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

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Karim Sulayman, Raha Mirzadegan, Coral Dolphin and John Taylor Ward perform in Unholy Wars in Charleston, S.C., in May. William Struhs/Spoleto Festival USA hide caption

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An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades

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USA. Mississippi. Tunica. 1985. © Eli Reed/Magnum Photos hide caption

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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Tenor Jamez McCorkle, who debuted the title role in the opera Omar, by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, which received its world premiere on May 27 in Charleston, S.C., at Spoleto Festival USA. Leigh Webber/Courtesy of Spoleto Festival USA hide caption

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The debut of 'Omar,' a thoroughly American opera

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Herman Makarenko, lead conductor for the National Opera of Ukraine. Julian Hayda/NPR hide caption

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Kyiv opera house reopens after 3 months

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, left, with composer John Williams, right. The pair recently released a collaborative recording, A Gathering of Friends, with the New York Philharmonic. Lawrence Sumulong/Courtesy of Sony Music hide caption

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Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma bring together 'A Gathering of Friends'

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, Perspectives, is the group's most accessible. Saverio Truglia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's borderless music finds inspiration in fleet-footed beats

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Raven Chacon's Voiceless Mass has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. Adam Conte/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jessie Montgomery's new work Hymn for Everyone receives its world premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on April 28. Jiyang Chen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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