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Alan Gilbert, 8 Season New York Philharmonic Music Director, Plans to Step Down in 2017

NYPO Free Memorial Day Concert Returns to St. John's, Gilbert Leads Beethoven and Shostakovich >>

Once more, with feeling, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host the the New York Philharmonic--under the baton of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert--for its 24th annual free Memorial Day concert. Maestro Gilbert will lead the orchestra in Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 on Monday at 8:00 p.m.


Beyoncé's 'Symphony No. 10 in E minor' [VIDEO] >>

Unlike the best would-be symphonists, Dmitri Shostakovich actually made it to ten symphonies. His Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) was premiered by the Leningrad Phil, under the baton of Yevgeny Mravinsky, way, way back on December 17, 1953--following the most timely death of Stalin that March. Now, this here vid was uploaded to YouTube on April 1, 2015, courtesy of one William Gerlach and 'Toronto Star' music critic Michael Vincent.

Shostakovich to Strobe Lights: National Symphony Orchestra Performs at Echostage to Younger Audience

Shostakovich to Strobe Lights: National Symphony Orchestra Performs at Echostage to Younger Audience >>

The National Symphony Orchestra may have made its most significant leap to getting a younger demographic into orchestral, bringing the power of symphonic chorus to the club--more specifically, a 3,000 cap venue called Echostage.

EXCLUSIVE: Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground's Satu Vänskä Talks Bach, Stravinsky and Kurt Cobain Program at (L)PR >>

March 20 will offer the Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground (ACOU) in a fantastic display of new sounds and swift arrangements ranging from Nirvana to Stravinsky, Nine Inch Nails to Paganini.

Fueled by Opium and Desire, Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ is the Subject of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Program >>

French conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the CSO in an exploration of Hector Berlioz’s 'Symphonie Fantastique' on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Symphony Center.

Classicalite's Five Best: Unsurpassed Recordings

Classicalite's Five Best: Unsurpassed Recordings >>

There are some, very rare, instances where a recording of a work is so special as to generally be considered--well, definitive is probably the wrong word, as any masterpiece is open to so many interpretations, but at least they are unlikely to be unsurpassed.

Cleveland Orchestra’s Beethoven and Shostakovich Festival Explores Themes of Freedom and Resistance >>

The Stanley Kubrick film 'A Clockwork Orange' will be shown during the Cleveland Orchestra's festival "Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich" on October 22-26.

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-US) Well-Received on Debut >>

This month has seen the debut performances of the newly-formed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (which we're now calling NYO-US, for short). A first bow at the Performing Arts Center of Purchase College, and then Carnegie Hall in New York, was followed by an important date at the BBC Proms in London.

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.

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