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Classical Pick of the Week: Ring Festival LA, Emanuel Ax, and Dudamel Returns

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Barry Sanders (not the football player), the Ring Festival leader, speaks about the festival and it's importance to the city of Los Angeles. As we mentioned earlier this month, the Ring Festival LA kicked off this week. You can look at this comprehensive guide as well for more information regarding future events. For bargain hunters and information junkies, a majority of these events are FREE and take place all over Los Angeles. For Wagner/Ring Cycle fans, you can check the LA Times guide for some extra reading material.

Emanuel Ax also makes his return to the Disney Hall this week, and there are only a limited number of tickets available so you'll have to act quickly (since this concert sells out quite often). Dudamel also returns this week to conduct the LA Phil in a program featuring music of the Americas and American composers (aptly titled "Americas and Americans") including Leonard Bernstein, Peter Lieberson, and Carlos Chavez. Although tickets are unavailable online, you can call the day before or on the day of the performance for any unreleased tickets. If you're looking for dining options around Downtown LA, you can check out this list (although it neglects most of the fantastic Asian restaurants in Little Tokyo).