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Classical Pick of the Week: Chamber Music 101 and Russian Virtuosos

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The Schubert Trount Quintet performed by Perlman, Barenboim, Du Pre, Mehta, and Zukerman. One of the great collaborations of the 20th century.

This week the Pasadena Conservatory of Music hosts noted musicologist and pianist Priscilla Pawlicki who will provide a FREE lecture on chamber music."In The Intimate Art of Chamber Music, Pawlicki will explore why for centuries chamber music has consistently inspired our greatest composers to produce some of their finest efforts." More information here.

The Westside also has a few concerts this weekend, with a FREE concert this Saturday with the Santa Monica Symphony. They will be performing Wagner's Siegfried Rhine Journey, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. If you happen to go to UCLA, you can get cheap student tickets to see Vadim Repin and Nikolai Lugansky (he performed the Rachmaninoff 3rd last summer) performing sonatas of Debussy, Prokofiev, and Beethoven. They are both distinguished soloists, it will be a fun time for all who choose to go.

All three of these concerts happen to be on Saturday. They are all interesting programs so, it might be the hardest decision you make all week (besides the election).

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