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Classical Pick of the Week: Seattle's Best

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This week's classical pick takes us to the Westside (believe it or not) with the Seattle Symphony making their debut at Royce Hall. The Seattle Symphony is headed by Gerard Schwarz, who has turned this once struggling group into a top notch orchestra that is recognized internationally with the help of frequent recordings and its support of American composers.

Although they are often known for their performances of later 20th century repertoire, the symphony is performing late romantic works by popular German composers. Strauss' "Don Juan" (any orchestral musician's nightmare) and three excerpts from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, are included on this Saturday's program, with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnennberg performing the immensely popular "Violin Concerto in G Minor" by Bruch. If you're a UCLA student you're in luck because you can get in for a measly 20 bucks.

speaking of violins...