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Members of Solisti Ensemble play during the Midsummer Musicale: Melodies from the Past at the Waterfall Mansion, in Manhattan, New York, July 23, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Members of Solisti Ensemble play during the Midsummer Musicale: Melodies from the Past at the Waterfall Mansion, in Manhattan, New York, July 23, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—In the Waterfall Mansion on the Upper East Side, works by eminent artists such as Andy Warhol are showcased alongside that of lesser-known contemporary...


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