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Classical Pick of the Week: Concerts in your 'Hood

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Okay, you'll probably never see another viola/violist highlighted in the Classical Pick (don't worry they're used to it) but it's Yuri Bashmet! He's taking his talents to Costa Mesa (OCPAC) to join Lynn Harrell and Anne-Sophie Mutter in a super trio this Wednesday.

Culver City: Although everyone's going gaga over Tron, Royal/T is also playing host to some exciting musical guests. On Wednesday at 8 PM, harpist Anne LeBaron is celebrating her CD release at Royal/T with a performance of some instrumental and electronic compositions, backed by string and woodwind musicians for a few of the pieces as well. Tickets are 15 dollars for general admission, and 10 for students. On Thursday, the jazz quartet Thelonius Dub will perform their interpretation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon along with Paul Black from local Guns and Black Cherry.

Downtown: The LA Phil has been a little quiet lately, but you can check them out this weekend when they host another "Toyota Symphonies for Youth" concert with Berlioz' Symphony Fantastique. You can avoid the Saturday night traffic and catch it at Saturday at 11 AM.

Long Beach/Northridge: No those cities aren't next to each other, but you can catch the Borealis String Quartet at CSULB on Tuesday and at CSUN on Wednesday. They will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Respighi and you can get tickets here.

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Orange County: The Classical music version of Miami's Big Three, the Mutter-Bashmet-Harrell (Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell) trio is coming to the OC Performing Arts Center to perform a few works by Beethoven. Even better, you can get discounted tickets from Goldstar here. The concert is on Wednesday at 8 PM.

Santa Barbara: Okay, this is a little out of the way but we're always excited to see when Christopher O'Riley performs. You might have heard him before- he's the host of From the Top on NPR on Sunday's. He's celebrating Schumann's 200th anniversary with an all-Schubert program(sorry, no Radiohead) and you can get tickets here. The concert is this Thursday at 8 PM if you wanted to start your weekend a little early.

Santa Monica: The Maestro Foundation, is a membership driven music society. Most concerts are held in intimate settings, and in order to attend these concerts, you must be a member. If you know a hardcore Classical music fan, it might be the perfect gift for them. This year's season includes Vladimir Feltsman (next Sunday at 4 PM), the Ysaye Quartet, David Finckel, Robert Koenig, and a mystery guest that they can't announce until December. Membership includes tickets so if you go to every concert, it's actually a pretty good deal.