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Classical Pick of the Week: Steve Reich, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Nigel Armstrong's Debut

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It's a week of many firsts. Local violinist and recent Tchaikovsky Competition finalist Nigel Armstrong, makes his debut with LACO this weekend. This 21-year-old graduate from the Colburn School will perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in his first public performance since the competition.The concert also marks the conducting debut of principal cellist Andrew Shulman, who will lead LACO in Mozart's Symphony no. 29 and Walton's Sonata for Strings. Sir Neville Mariner (the first music director of LACO) commissioned the work and collaborated with Walton to come up with the version you will get to hear next weekend, by the orchestra that performed the US premiere. As usual, concerts are this Saturday at the Alex Theatre at 8 PM and Sunday at Royce Hall at 7 PM.

New York based ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars make their Disney Hall debut this week (founding members performed at the Disney Hall in 2010) to kick off their tour and to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of Bang on a Can and the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich.

To mark this special occasion, they are collaborating with the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish (founded by Bang on a Can vet Steven Schick) in an all Reich program, including the West Coast premiere of 2x5.

Steve Reich will not only be in attendance for this concert, but he is also listed as a performer. You can buy tickets here. The concert is this Tuesday at 8 PM, with a repeat performance on Wednesday at UCSD (though this performance is sold out).