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Classical Pick of the Week: New York Philharmonic with Yefim Bronfman and More!

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As we mentioned last week, the Emerson String Quartet are performing at the Ventura Music Festival, this Tuesday at 7:30 PM, at the Ventura Missionary Church. Tickets available here.

Alan Gilbert and the New York Phil are in town this week, performing this Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and this Wednesday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Tuesday's program includes Ravel's La Valse, Debussy's La Mer, and Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto. The program at the Disney Hall features Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and the West Coast premiere of Magnus Lindberg's 2nd Piano Concerto. Yefim Bronfman will be the pianist on both nights, with Alan Gilbert conducting. Also, if you plan on purchasing tickets for the Disney Hall performance, you can enter the code "NYPHIL" when you place your order for 20% off select seats. Both concerts start at 8 PM.

The Camerata Pacifica's 2012 season is drawing to a close. You can catch them at Zipper Hall this Thursday for a selection of chamber works from Duruflé, Beethoven, Mozart, and Franck. There are repeat performances on the 13th, 16th, and 18th in Ventura, San Marino, and Santa Barbara, respectively. Tickets are $45, and $10 student rush tickets are also available.

For more action this week at the Colburn School, the Honens International Piano Competition quarterfinals take place at Thayer Hall this Thursday at 2 PM. Four pianists are vying for a $100,000 prize and will each perform a 40 minute solo recital. This is the final quarterfinal after stops in Berlin, New York, and London, before moving on to the next round. Admission is FREE! so if you've got a long lunch break or a day off we can't think of a better way to spend it. You can follow competition updates on facebook as well.