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Classical Pick of the Week: Something Old, Something New

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The clip above is an excerpt from an opera by John Adams. This opera will be one of the pieces performed this week in Los Angeles. It's interesting to see the progression of music from the Baroque period into the 21st century. These concerts this week allow you to see this progression first-hand (although the jump might be so drastic that you might find it difficult to make any connections, if at all).

The Baroque ensemble Bach's Circle celebrates Handel's 250th with an evening of chamber music. Works include Baroque composers Handel, J.S. Bach, and Vivaldi. The concert starts at 8:30 PM on May 12th at the REDCAT lounge beneath the Disney Hall.

The Walt Disney Hall showcases works by John Adams this week. On Tuesday, John Adams conducts a few of his own works along with works by MacDonald and Andres. Friday and Sunday feature performances of Adams' fourth opera, A Flowering Tree. The concert on Sunday is at 2 PM. As usual, there is a pre-concert lecture (also available on podcast) that is worth checking out an hour before each concert.

Musica Angelica ends the season this Saturday and Sunday in a program titled "Musica Sacra", which features sacred works by Mozart, Sancho, and Haydn (an homage to his 200th anniversary). The Mozart work was written when he was 11 (!) and you can find more information here.

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LACO also ends the season this weekend, and features a world premiere of a work by Christopher Theofanidis. Jonathan Biss also performs as a soloist for the Schumann Piano Concerto. The concerts are on May 16th and 17th, in Glendale and Westwood.