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Classical Pick of the Week: 'Magnificat'

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Magnificat, or Song of Mary is a vocal work by Bach for orchestra, a five-part choir and soloists. The work is based on an ancient hymn with texts from the Gospel of Luke, and is one of LACO music director's Jeffrey Kahanes inspirations for getting into conducting. The first half of the concert will be part performance part lecture as Kahane breaks down the composition and shows how it relates to the text, with the performance of Magnificat after intermission (a bonus for the fashionably late, and probably a waste if you're the type to leave at intermission, though we highly recommend you attend both segments of the program). This programis the result of a collaboration with the LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and USC Thornton School of Music.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online here, by calling LACO at (213) 622-7001 or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if available. Student rush tickets ($10) may be available on the day of the concert. The concert is this Saturday at 8 PM at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

If you're in the OC, violinist Vadim Guzman joins the Pacific Symphony for next weekendperforming Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Barber's Adagio for Strings, so expect a real sobfest.