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In an "oh-my-god-there's-so-much-news" week like this one, a few stories are bound to fly under the radar. Here's what we loved this week from the world of classical music! 

The classical music world is full of weird birthday confluences. J.S. Bach and Modest Mussorgsky share a birthday. Brahms and Verdi share a birthday week. And so do two modern superstars of the classical music world, conductor Seiji Ozawa and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

What treasures await you in this week's link roundup? Only one way to find out...

Tree standing in field, as seen from inside Thomas Schütte's art sculpture titled 'Crystal'
Courtesy of The Clark Art Institute

A new opera company takes aim at industry norms and spreads its wings at the Berkshire's scenic Clark Art Institue.

A 19th-century print by Bettmann of the first performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Beethoven is depicted standing in the middle of the orchestra.
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When the world gets too crazy to bear, we bring you the news you want to read. This link roundup features water balloons, the King of Pop, and more! 

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