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Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Boast World Premiere Alongside Brahms >>

Premiering Wednesday, April 27, the New York Philharmonic will take to David Geffen Hall in a performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Maestro Alan Gilbert will conduct alongside soloist Carter Brey on cello.

Christoph von Dohnányi and the New York Philharmonic Perform Brahms March 3-8

Christoph von Dohnányi and the New York Philharmonic Perform Brahms March 3-8 >>

Beginning March 3 at 7:30 p.m., the New York Philharmonic will take to David Geffen Hall for a program of Brahms' A German Requiem under the maestro Christoph von Dohnányi. Featuring soprano Camilla Tilling and baritone Matthias Goerne, Brahms' heartfelt classic is yet another reason to use music as a means of keeping warm.

Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary: Weill Institute's Music Connections - Lullaby Project

Carnegie Hall @ 125: Weill Institute's Lullaby Project >>

Commissioned for the birth of Bertha Faber's second son, with Clara Schumann at the piano, Brahms' "Lullaby" was first heard some 150 years ago. Absent that night in Vienna, you'll still recall its gentle, E-flat waltz from your own childhood. Likewise, you weren't there last April for the world premiere of "Sweet Like Honey Buns." But that's just because its funky, electric guitar-led hook, care of composer Daniel Levy and a young mother named Vetaya, was first performed at Rikers Island. The end result of Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project, songs like "Honey Buns," LaToria's "Mommy's Boys, Mommy's Blessing" and "Sleep Under the Willow" by Sarah (institutions like prisons and hospitals prefer first names only) are all part of a precious process, intent on helping at-risk women, and often their partners, bond with their babies.

Itamar Zorman

REVIEW: Itamar Zorman and Kwan Yi at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall >>

Zorman used his Distinctive Debuts concert to establish his bona fides as a musician dedicated to the full expanse of classical and modern classical music.

St. Loius Symphony

WATCH: 'Michael Brown Requiem' Protest Halts St. Louis Symphony’s Performance of Brahms’s 'German Requiem' >>

The St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Brahms’s "German Requiem" was halted by a Ferguson demonstration this past Saturday at Powell Hall.

Caroline Goulding

Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Violinist Caroline Goulding to Perform Brahms, Verdi, Borodin, Sibelius at the Borgata >>

The flavors of Germany, Italy, Russia and Finland come to Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 17, featuring works by Brahms, Verdi, Borodin and Sibelius as performed by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony with Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding.

Dr. Michael Tilson Thomas Replaces Coughing Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Philadelphia Orchestra Gig at Carnegie Hall >>

The brass at Carnegie Hall have announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step up to the podium for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage this Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Barenboim to Desert La Scala Post Come 2015 >>

Well, this might be the least surprising news story of the week. As Italian newspapers report, variously, that Riccardo Chailly or Fabio Luisi will be taking over at La Scala, Daniel Barenboim has announced that he will be leaving Italy's preeminent opera house early. He will now be stepping down at the start of 2015.

Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra Will Demystify Classical Music >>

The American Symphony Orchestra's "Classics Declassified" series presents an intelligent and insightful journey into classical masterworks, led by music director Leon Botstein. Each concert begins with a lively discussion in which Botstein and the orchestra shed new light on a different classical masterpiece--followed by a performance of the work, itself.

UPDATE: Stream Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti's Verdi Bicentennial Concert >>

UPDATE: The concert is streaming live at and on the CSO's Facebook page.

Veni, Vidi, Verdi: Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti Celebrate the Composer's Bicentennial >>

This season of notable composer anniversaries continues with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Verdi's 200th anniversary over the next four weeks, starting with their season-opening concert at Symphony Center on Thursday.

Classicalite's Five Best: Sir Simon Rattle Recordings

Classicalite's Five Best: Sir Simon Rattle Recordings >>

With the reports that Sir Simon Rattle will be taking over the London Symphony Orchestra will inevitably come a renewed surge of attention around the British maestro. If you only have time or cash for a handful of his recordings, these five--in no particular order--give a fabulous introduction to his art...

Gabriela Montero's Piano Improvisations Featured on Ravinia $10 Concert Series >>

The Ravinia Festival will present a rarity at 6 p.m. on August 20: a piano recital in which the entire second half is devoted to improvisation. Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will perform works by Brahms and Schumann on the first half, and then take suggestions from the audience of themes on which she will weave her mesmerizing improvisations.

Five Freebies: Muti's Verdi, 'Noye's Fludde,' Beethoven, David Aaron Carpenter, Domingo's Verdi

Five Freebies: Muti's Verdi, 'Noye's Fludde,' Beethoven, David Aaron Carpenter, Domingo's Verdi >>

It's always nice to get something for nothing, especially something as enriching as great music. And outreach projects increasingly mean that there are amazing freebies to be had. We've collated five of the best current and upcoming offers for you.

Prince William & Kate Middleton

The Column: A Classical Playlist for the Royal Baby…and Its Parents >>

Suddenly, all of my various social media bits and pieces, and a good deal of my Gmail inbox, are screaming at me that Princess Catherine (Kate, as she's known to most people who have never met her and aren't really on good enough terms to be that informal) is in "labour."

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