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Classical Pick of the Week: John Cage-r Rager

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John Cage on silence. Liven up your week with some Classical music! Also this week: Works of Steve Reich, Penderecki, Brahms, and more.

Wednesday, April 6th: Kronos Quartet (here is the requisite Requiem for a Dream mention) is performing at the OC Performing Arts Center to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. Expect some new works, and some atonal stuff. Concert starts at 8 PM and tickets start at 30 dollars.

Thursday, April 7th
: Camerata Pacifica performing at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles, with works of Carter, Penderecki, Huang Ruo, Beethoven, and Saint-Saens. Repeat performances on the 8th in Santa Barbara, the 10th at Temple Beth Torah, and the 12th at the Huntington Library. Tickets range from $20-$42.

Friday, April 8th: Southwest Chamber Music is putting on a Cage party all weekend long (not that kind). Expect a different program of Cage pieces every night (including Child of Tree, Variations I, Thirteen Harmonies from Apartment House 1776, Cheap Imitation, Seven Haiku for Piano, and But What about the Noise of Crumbling Paper? Friday and Saturday concerts start at 8 PM, and Sunday at 5:30 PM at the Armory Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for students, $28 for seniors, and $38 for adults.

Saturday, April 9th
: Pasadena Master Chorale puts on a performance of "Ein Deutsches Requiem", arranged by Brahms himself for choir and two pianos. Concert starts at 7:30 PM at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church. Tickets are reasonably priced at 20 dollars.