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Classical Pick Of The Week: Beethoven's Emperor

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The Mouse House is a little quiet these days since the LA Phil is on tour for the next few weeks (you can follow their trip on their twitter page and on KUSC's).

If you don't mind driving out to the OC, Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen is performing with the Pacific Symphony and Carl St. Clair. The program features Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("the Emperor"), a musical tour de force (sorry for the generic description).

If you're not too picky, Thursday's performance at 8 PM features Fidelio, the Leonore Overture no. 3 (the "new" one), and his 1st and 4th piano concerto. Friday's performance at 8 PM includes the Romance for Violin and Orchestra 1 and 2, and the 2nd and 3rd piano concerti.

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Saturday's performance at 8 PM includes the 7th Symphony and the 5th concerto, and if you are looking for a quickie, Sunday's program only has the Emperor Concerto on it, and it's at 3 PM so you can avoid any traffic on the 5 (or 405).