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Classical Pick of the Week: Give me a P I A N O oh oh

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If you love a piano as much as Tony Bennet does, then you're in for a treat. Joanne Pierce Martin, pianist for the LA Phil, is performing a program for Piano Spheres this Tuesday at 8 PM at Zipper Hall. The program includes pieces by Ligeti and Antheil, and a world premiere by former LA Phil conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Tickets are 25 dollars (12 for students).

If you're into Romantic era pieces, the LA Phil is hosting pianist Lars Vogt this week in several performances of Grieg's Piano Concerto (the video on this post is of Arthur Rubinstein performing the first movement of this work). You can hear them perform it this week on Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 11 AM, and Saturday at 8 PM. The program also includes works by Elgar and Lindberg (not Romantic but it will be good!).

If you like free concerts or if you're on a tight budget, the LACMA has another free concert next Sunday at 6 PM with pianist Abbey Simon performing works by Chopin.