The greatest hits of 1932 . . . Jazz and much else was in the air among European classical circles in 1932 when Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G was premiered and Goffredo Petrassi's Partita for Orchestra made the composer's international reputation. Both pieces will be heard cheek-by-jowl at the Philadelphia Orchestra's subscription series, which concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kimmel Center. Petrassi has been championed in recent years by guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda (recently appointed music director of the National Symphony Orchestra). The Partita shows a young cosmopolitan composer flexing his creative muscles in many directions, with a backdrop of Italian dance. Footnote: The Ravel concerto had its U.S. premiere simultaneously in Boston and Philadelphia in 1932. Information: 215-893-1999 or
- David Patrick Stearns
Classical gag gifts. The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild has long been the place to go for brainy, well-educated joke gifts for friends and family who think they have everything. This year's musical ones include dolls of Mozart and Beethoven, all looking rather irritable, though the best of the bunch is Puccini, who looks particularly well-dressed and, as you might expect, emotionally available. Still, you may just opt for an Elvis Presley votive candle or Donald Trump hand soap. Although the guild has a holiday stand in New York City's Union Square, the products are more conveniently available online at www.philosophersguild.com.