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Classical Pick of the Week: Summer of 2010

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It's that time of the year again! Classical KUSC (the only Classical music station in Los Angeles) kicked off their Spring Membership Drive this week. If you wish to contribute, you can click here and pick out a gift that includes Dudamel concert DVD's and CD's, tote bags, and those "Ultimate" or "Top 100" recordings we're all so fond of. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates/news.

The box office for the Hollywood Bowl is now open (they are out of wristbands today at the Hollywood Bowl box office, but you can still buy tickets online and on the phone). If you plan to go to a few concerts, we'd recommend that you buy tickets for five different shows to save on handling costs and to get free tickets to a sixth concert!

We've got a few (Classical) picks for the month of July:

Fun for the family: The annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is always a good option, but we'd go with the revamped "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony". The 20th anniversary includes two extra classics and special guest stars like the Flinstones, the Jetsons, and Scooby-Doo (at no extra cost!).

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For the choral lover: Sometimes Sound of Music (and Grease!) sing-a-long's are not enough. On July 6th Grant Gershon leads the LA Phil and the LAMC in a performance of Haydn's te Deum and Handel's "Hallelujah". With fireworks.

For the star seekers: Joshua Bell is one of the few Classical musicians with a mainstream audience (not as big as Yo-Yo Ma, but big enough) and he makes his annual visit with a performance of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. The Mahler 1st is an added bonus.

For the Romantic: The all-Beethoven program includes his third piano concerto and his third symphony, the Eroica. Get inspired.

For your date night: The title of the program is French Passion. Enough said.

For the hippies: Yes, there's also the Beatles Celebration, but Planet Earth Live! sounds more interesting (and probably not as hectic), with the composer of the music from the TV series Planet Earth conducting music along to clips from the popular TV series.

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