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Classical Pick of the Week: Beethoven and Strauss

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Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben. It's harder than it looks. The LA Opera has announced it's 2010/11 season which is a little toned down this year (it's hard to top the Ring Cycle anyways) but features popular works including Rigoletto, Lohengrin, and the Marriage of Figaro. If you buy your subscriptions early you are usually guaranteed better seats and cheaper tickets so you can get on top of that here.

Pianist Joyce Yang is performing with the LA Phil again (but this time at the Disney Hall). She will perform Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto and the orchestra will also perform Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and a piece by the Chinese composer Quigang Chen. They are performing this Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and this Sunday at 2 PM. You can get all the details here.