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Classical Pick of the Week: Get Your Ice Dance On and Farewell, Flicka

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If you liked the music from the figure skating routines in the Winter Olympics, you're in luck. This is an excerpt of Gershwin's Piano Concerto, used by Kim Yu-na in her gold medal performance. If you enjoyed the Winter Olympics figure skating programs and would like to know a little bit more about the music (or dance to the music), EMI released a new album last week titled "Dance! The World's Favourite Ice-Dancing Music". The 2 Disc set includes selections used by most of the skaters including Rochette, Asado, and Kim Yu-na including the work of composers Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and of course, Gershwin. No Mahler's 5th, but you should just buy that separately anyways. You can get more info about the CD here.

If you're looking for something to do, there are quite a few good performances scheduled for this week. Famous opera singer (we've linked to her before) Frederica von Stade (aka Flicka) is on the last legs of her farewell tour, and will make a stop at Occidental College to perform a selection of arias. The concert is this Thursday at 8 PM. Also, up-and-comer (but we've been saying this for years now?) Lise de la Salle is performing w/ James Conlon (of the LA Opera) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend.