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Classical Pick of the Week: La Jolla Music Society Summerfest

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Looking for an excuse to go to San Diego this week? It isn't much cooler, but La Jolla Music Society has Summerfest from July 31st to August 24th. There is a Schubert Soiree on Tuesday the 14th, Igudesman and Joo on the 15th (Wednesday), Beethoven on the 17th (Friday), Tango on the 18th (Saturday), and harp music on the 19th (Sunday). Depending on the show, tickets are 45-75. If that's out of your budget, there are free workshops and open rehearsals for you to enjoy.

The Norton Simon Museum
has another free performance this Friday, featuring cellist Maksim Velichkin in a program of contemporary solo cello music (we're hoping for some Crumb and Kodaly). Concert runs from 7 to 8 PM.

For something closer to home, the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre is performing at the Ford Amphitheatre this Friday at 8:30 PM. The program "Dance in the USA" employs a compilation of works by iconic musical artists such as Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, to name a few. This exciting retrospective shows how American music influenced dance, moving from decade to decade. It starts with a Hoedown with music by Aaron Copeland then moves to the Cakewalk with Ragtime; the Charleston with music by Duke Ellington (a pianist will perform live on stage); to Swing and Boogie Woogie of the ‘40s and the twist and shouts of the ‘50s with music by Bill Haley and the Comets to Elvis Presley and Motown; and then onwards to the ‘60s with the Beat Generation and a number from Frank Sinatra (sung live by dancer/singer Chris Trousdale); to Jimi Hendrix. Then onwards to the 1970s with Disco music, then on to the ‘80s with music by Whitney Houston and Madonna; and, of course, Michael Jackson. Tickets start at $15-$35.