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Classical Pick of the Week: Pianofest

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This is an excerpt from Messiaen's Turangalila, which you can catch this weekend at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, featured in this clip. No, there's no such thing as "Pianofest" in LA, but if you take a look at the schedule this week, you'll see why. Dudamel and Ax are still performing the Beethoven with a concert this afternoon at 2 PM (if you're reading this, you're probably too late for it).

On Tuesday, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform a few chamber pieces with some members of the LA Phil. The program does look promising, with Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and works by Milhaud and Rathbun as well. On Wednesday, Andras Schiff leaves Beethoven behind and has an all-Schumann program for the concert (he's focusing on Schumann and Mendelssohn this year).

Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Messiaen return to the stage alongside Dudamel from Thursday to Sunday in a performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie (an 80 minute love song inspired by Tristan and Isolde). Tickets are still available for each performance, and if you haven't seen Dudamel yet, it's a good opportunity to see him perform. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances start at 8 PM, and the Sunday performance starts at 2 PM. And yes, Matt Groening is a fan if Turangalila looks and sounds an awful lot like Turanga Leela to you.

For the Orange County readers, the Pacific Symphony is bringing in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet this weekend (Thursday through Saturday) for a performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. The program also includes crowd favorites like Mussgorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Camerata Pacifica kicks off their October this Friday in Santa Barbara with a few chamber works for flute, piano, and cello. There's a concert at 1 PM (so that you can drive back in time for another concert at the Disney Hall or OCPAC) and 7:30 PM.