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The Vienna Philharmonic boasts of many musical milestones: It was founded in 1842, just 15 years after Beethoven’s death; Gustav Mahler was its conductor from 1898 to 1901; it premiered Brahms’ Second and Third Symphonies and had a close association with Richard Strauss. (It also, arguably, has less admirable ties to the past: It wasn’t until 1997 that the world famous orchestra finally appointed its first female member musician, harpist Anna Lelkes.) Tonight, you can hear Nikolaus Harnoncourt conduct when the ensemble comes to town as part of a seven-city U.S. tour. On the program: waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss and his younger brother Joseph, as well as Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the five-movement Pastoral. The program begins at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. $65-$150. (202) 467-4600. (T.R. Goldman)