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Classical Pick of the Week: Dudamel + Crowd Pleasers = Win

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No oranges involved in tonight's performance of Carmen, which is probably a good thing. This week is probably going to present the best opportunity for you to see Dudamel in person. The Hollywood Bowl tickets are cheaper than the Walt Disney Concert Hall tickets, there are many more seats to fight over, and tickets are still available for all of his shows. Tonight, Dudamel is making his US opera debut with Bizet's Carmen, if you're in a mood for some Toreador or Habanera. This concert starts 30 minutes earlier than your typical Classical concerts, at 7:30 PM.

On Tuesday, you get the dream team we mentioned last week with Gabriela Montero and Dudamel in a Gershwin and Bernstein themed program. You'll get music from the West Side Story, Rhapsody in Blue, an American in Paris, and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town. A nice throwback to the 50's and 60's, if you want to know what Don Draper probably listened to. On Thursday, take a tour of the Americas with music from Bernstein, Villa-Lobos, and Manuel de Falla. To the chagrin of the musicians and to the delight of the audience, Ravel's Bolero is also on the program. Grab a coat (it might get chilly), a picnic basket, and go see what all the fuss is about.