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Classical Pick of the Week: Santa Monica Symphony

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Don't let their 1990's looking website fool you, their season opener next Sunday night has a program of promising music. It may seem weird that the Santa Monica Symphony is playing Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1", usually heard at graduations, but the light piece is actually enjoyable when it's not played for a hour straight while large graduating classes walk down the aisle (that's how long the orchestra had to play it at my high school graduation at least). The highlight of the night will be Elgar's somber and popular "Cello Concerto in E minor" (you'll be the hooked within seconds). Other pieces being played in British themed program are Joseph Haydn's "Symphony #104" (nicknamed "London") and Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from his opera Peter Grimes.

Santa Monica Symphony
Sunday, October 7th @ 7:30 p.m. | FREE
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

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