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Classical Pick of the Week: Remembering Alan Rich

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If you can't get tickets for Tuesday's performance or want to see the inaugural concert for Gustavo Dudamel with the LA Phil, buy the DVD! Or you can buy tickets to the other performances this weekend. Alan Rich, former classical music critic of the LA Weekly (and KUSC contributor), passed away this weekend. If you wish to discover or rediscover his writings, check out his book or his blog which both include articles from his stints at the LA Weekly and New York Times (among others). He will be missed.

Not only was Alan Rich an advocate of American music, he was also a huge supporter for Piano Spheres, that is concluding their sixteenth season with a performance this Tuesday with Vicki Ray and soprano Elissa Johnston. The multimedia event will also include a companion video from video artist Lars Jan in a song cycle by Olivier Messiaen. The concert is on Tuesday at 8 PM at the Zipper Concert Hall in Downtown. Alan Rich was also a huge fan of Dudamel, who is conducting a few repeats of his inaugural concert of Mahler's 1st and Adams' CIty Noir (however, tickets for Tuesday are most likely unavailable, unless someone returns a few tickets the day of the performance). If you haven't bought tickets yet, you can call and ask about the availability of tickets for a program this weekend that includes Copland, Ginastera, and Estevez. There are concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM and at 2 PM on Sunday. There should be at least a few tickets left for each concert, but you'll have to call right away or visit the box office to buy the tickets (at least you'll avoid Ticketmaster's outrageous fees).