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Classical Pick of the Week: Post-Dudamel Syndrome

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If you missed out on his Mahler this week, here is a cip of him conducting the finale to Mahler's 3rd Symphony. "Sometimes there's a man... I won't say a hero, because what's a hero? But sometimes, there's a man - and I'm talkin' about the Dude here - sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. In Los Angeles." This is not another story heaping praise onto Dudamel. Just a quote from the Big Lebowski. Dudamel won't be back until next month, but fear not, citizens of Los Angeles, there is a lot of great Classical music to hold you over until then.

Piano Spheres celebrates the opening of their 16th season with recent Grammy-award winning pianist, Gloria Cheng. This is her first performance in LA since then, and will perform works by Waggoner, Ades, Nono, Shostakovich, and Saariaho. This concert takes place at Zipper Hall on Tuesday at 8 PM. Murray Perahia makes his triumphant return to LA in a selection of works by Chopin and Beethoven. He is still looked upon as one of the greats, and you can check him out this Thursday at the Disney Hall. The concert starts at 8 PM.

If you're out in the OC, Turkish pianist Fureya Unal will continue her tour with a stop at Meng Concert Hall at CSUF this Thursday. Competition winner Robert Thies is back in LA after his wonderful performance at the Disney Hall with the Cal Phil, and performing at the Boston Court this Sunday at 7 PM. Student tickets available. Sunday is also the beginning of the Los Angeles Bach Festival, which starts with an all-Bach organ concert at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. This concert starts at 4 PM.