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Simon Rattle Berlin Philharmonic Carnegie HallFor music lovers, one of the supreme privileges of living in New York has been the near-annual visits of Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic over the past decade, during which they've wowed us with their stunning artistry in cycles of symphonies by Brahms, Schumann and Beethoven, as well as an impressive string of theatrical presentations. That journey comes to a close tonight at Carnegie Hall, when Rattle - who's had quite the Autumn in New York - leads the Berliners one final time as their music director in a program that pairs works from the Second Viennese School with Brahms' 2nd symphony. In a week that has left many New Yorkers worried for the future, this should be a genuine cause for celebration.

There are a scant few tickets left available, or tune in to WQXR tonight at 8pm for a live broadcast of the concert.