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Classical Pick of the Week: A Celebración

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The LA Times Roundtable Series is holding a session with the LA Phil's Music Director Dudamel and LA Opera's Placido Domingo. Although tickets are unavailable, the website says that if additional tickets are released, then the website will update immediately. Tickets are free so check it often if you want to go.

The second year with Dudamel as the LA Phil's Music Director is even more jam packed and fun-filled than last season, with Dudamel conducting in almost twice as many concerts as he did in his first(more on that later). This Thursday at 7 PM Dudamel will conduct a series of bel canto arias and some popular Latin American canciones with tenor Juan Diego Florez (who you might have seen in LA Opera's production of the Barber of Seville). We're hoping to see this relationship develop and mature over the years as Esa-Pekka's did with Renee Fleming. There are still a few tickets available, so act fast before they all sell out.

If you can't make this Thursday's event, Emanuel Ax will return this weekend with Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4. If his performance of the Brahms at the Bowl was any indication, this performance should be even better. Ax is one of the few "household names" in Classical music that live up to the hype, and you'll have three chances to see him: Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM.

For people that don't travel east of the 405, Lynn Harrell is performing at the Broad Stage this Saturday at 4 PM. The program includes sonatas from Beethoven, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.