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Classical Pick of the Week: Hollywood Bowl Picks for August

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Gabriela Montero and Gustavo Dudamel are frequent collaborators as Salonen was with John Adams, Saariaho, or Dawn Upshaw. We get a chance to see this collaboration for the first time next month (Montero performed last at the Hollywood Bowl with Thomas Wilkins).

There are still a few tickets available for one of last week's pick, Southwest Chamber Music's Chamber music program at the Huntington Library tonight. If you're looking for picnic/takeout options for tonight's concert or any future outdoors concerts, we've got a roundup here.

If you're looking for a deal (who isn't these days?), Goldstar has special 1/2 priced tickets for all of the upcoming Classical music concerts at the Hollywood Bowl (Dudamel concerts excluded).

August is a jam-packed month at the Bowl, with the likes of Dudamel, Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, James Galway, and John Williams performing at the Bowl. For the Classical music aficionados, Gabriela Montero will perform with Dudamel in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. If you're a big fan of Gershwin, there's another program mid-August of all Gershwin music (reinterpreted), performed by the likes of Jason Mraz, Bebe Winans, and Monica Mancini.

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Leon Fleisher, a noted performer of music for the left hand due to a debilitating injury to his right hand that he has since recovered from. Fleisher will perform the relatively unknown Concerto for the Left Hand by Ravel, a favorite of ours.

Daniel Muller-Schott makes a rare appearance in Los Angeles for Elgar's romantic Cello Concerto that was made famous through the film Hillary and Jackie.

There is a star-studded performance of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris featuring original cast members, Wayne Brady, High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, and Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger.

And if you need your fireworks fix, they've got you covered.