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Classical Pick of the Week: Saturday Night's Alright

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Tired of spending your Saturday nights in crowded restaurants/packed locales (or at home reading instruction manuals, not that we do this too often)? Why not try a concert? Since the number of tickets and seats are already set, you won't worry about getting packed into a place like sardines.

If you're in Los Angeles....John Williams returns to the Bowl to conduct music from the Golden age of Hollywood and a few of his own scores. You can watch it this Saturday (and Friday) at 8:30 PM.

If you want opera music or to avoid traffic at night, the LA Opera is at the Ford Amphitheatre at 10 AM (5 dollars for general admission, free admission for kids 12 and under) of interactive music from some of the greatest and most popular operas. Pre-show activities at 9 AM are not stuffy lectures that your kids will hate, instead, they offer various craft projects!

If you're in the Orange County/Irvine... Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony in a program featuring John Williams, Brahms, Copland, and oddly enough Imogen Heap (of indie band Frou Frou). The show takes place at the Verizon Amphitheatre at 8 PM.

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If you're in the San Gabriel Valley (or adjacent)...the West Covina Symphony will perform at 7:30 PM at the Sophia B Clarke Theatre. This East meets West concert celebrates the meeting of cultures with music from the Americas, China, and African American works. The soloists are all from various backgrounds and cultures, and you can purchase tickets here.