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Classical Pick of the Week: Goodbye Opera, Hello Summer (and Brian McKnight)!

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This violinist is providing the soundtrack for Super Mario Bros. We're waiting for him to cover Heavy Rain. The Hollywood Bowl season just kicked off last week, but there aren't any Classical music concerts until July (but you can take a peek at a few options here!). If you're a fan of Classical music in an outdoors setting, the Cal Phil has got you covered (heh).

The Festival on the Green takes place every summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden near Pasadena. This season kicks off with a performance of a few crowd favorites including Rhapsody in the Blue (you might've heard this in Fantasia or in previous Cal Phil seasons) and the 1812 Overture (which you might've heard in V for Vendetta). As an added bonus, famous actor and singer Brian McKnight will perform at the concert. Tickets are only 20 dollars (tables up front are more expensive, obviously) and if you can't make it all the way out to Arcadia, they will perform the same concert on Sunday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Saturday's performance also features a pyrotechnics display and if you aren't satisfied with the culinary options at the Festival (although there are quite a few), you can bring a picnic box of your own from your favorite establishment.

For the opera lovers: Jose Carreras (of the Three Tenors) was scheduled to perform at the Greek Theatre for the first time in 15 years this weekend but unfortunately, the show has been canceled. However, you can still catch the last half of Wagner's Ring Cycle. To catch up, you can read these excellent summaries of the Ring Cycle here and here. It'll probably take a few years before something of this magnitude is ever undertaken in Los Angeles again, so we highly recommend it. You can get tickets and showtimes here, and find discounted tickets on Goldstar and Travelzoo (if they are still available).