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Classical Pick Of The Week: Mitteleuropa Comes West

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It's a good week to be in LA. Dudamel returns to conduct Bruckner, eighth blackbird is performing in Fullerton, and Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic this Tuesday at the Disney Hall.

This Wednesday, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin comes to the Disney Hall to perform some Bach, Handel, and Telemann. They will perform the music on period instruments in an "authentic" (or HIP) style, which is markedly different from what most of us are used to hearing when we listen to Baroque music. The concert starts at 8 PM.

On Thursday, the Vienna Philharmonic makes its way to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, for a performance of Mahler's 6th Symphony. Mahler was Austrian too, FWIW, and the Vienna Phil has always been considered one of the best orchestras in the world.

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If you can't make it out there, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin is performing at Royce Hall on Thursday at 8 PM as well. Not only is this a premiere European chamber ensemble, it features members of the Berlin Philharmonic as well. The program includes Schubert's Octet in F Major and Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Tickets are 15 dollars if you have a UCLA student ID.