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City of Westminster, Royal Philharmonic Society Unveil Plaque for Beethoven's 'Ninth' >>

On Sunday, a Westminster City Council green plaque was unveiled on London's Regent Street--the site of the first U.K. performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta >>

The conductor and pianist Justus Frantz has been named the new music director of the Israel Sinfonietta, to take up his post in September 2013. He succeeds the outgoing Doron Salomon, who has been in the position since 2005 and has just led the orchestra through its 40th anniversary season.

Live from the Operating Room: Dr. Jorge G. Camara, the Piano-Playing Eye Surgeon >>

One Doctor Jorge G. Camara, an eye doctor in Honolulu, decided to bring a piano into the operating room. He’s a keen pianist and thought that his patients could benefit from his passion.

YouTube Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Letting You Choose Program for New York Recital Debut at 92Y, Prizes Also Available >>

As if Classicalite needed another reason to <3 Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube's native pianist has gone and given us yet another one. Sorry, make that three (3). And before you ask, no, it's not a "Pearls Before Breakfast" triplicate.

Prize-Winning Pianist Boris Giltburg Actually Hates Piano Competitions >>

Competitions are for horses, not for artists, was the verdict of the great Hungarian composer and pianist Bela Bartok. And there is a part of Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, declared winner on June 1 of one of the world's most prestigious and grueling music contests, that agrees.

Two Years Later, James Levine Returns to Carnegie a Wheelchair >>

The reviews are in. And by all accounts, James Levine's handi-capable return to the Met Orchestra's podium was, in fact, triumphant.

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James Levine Returns to the Met on May 19 >>

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 19. Program includes music by Wagner and Schubert, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Evgeny Kissin.

Los Angeles Youth Orchestra To Perform At Carnegie Hall >>

Los Angeles Youth Orchestra which is comprised of young classical musicians from the entire Los Angeles is heading to New York City's Carnegie Hall.

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