Triumph is the best way to describe the biggest moments in the classical music world this year. From maestro James Levine overcoming two years of illness and returning to the podium on a motorized wheelchair, to a Canadian architect designing an important cultural addition to the St. Petersburg skyline, this year in music proved that anything can, and will, happen.

If your 2013 feels like it just began and you’re still trying to figure out where time went, this chronological collection of triumphant classical music moments will sum up for you the year that was. Click "open gallery" to begin.

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posted by Michael Morreale on Dec 12, 2013