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Classical Pick of the Week: Swan Songs

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If you haven't recovered yet from the deaths of Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper, we're here to help. This Friday, the St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra and Choir are putting on a performance of Mozart's Requiem.

For those of you that aren't familiar with a requiem, it is mass for the dead, often performed in Latin to commemorate the deaths of famous individuals. Composers would write these works of art not necessarily due to their convictions, but because the mass allowed for them to show off. With over 100 musicians and vocalists for any typical Requiem, it really is something you have to see live to truly appreciate. If you've never seen one, we highly recommend going to see one this year. Luckily for you, there are three concerts coming up for you to choose from. And you might be surprised at how familiar some of the masses are.

If the Pacific Palisades is a little out of the way for you, the Angeles Chorale is concluding their season with Beethoven's oft-overlooked (at least compared to the pieces he composed at the same time) work, Missa Solemnis. The concert takes place Saturday night at Royce Hall at 8 PM. You can get tickets here.

If you don't want to drive on over from the Eastside you'll have to be a little more patient. The Pasadena Master Choralewill perform the Brahms Requiem on June 12th at 7:30 PM and on June 13th at 4 PM. Both concerts are at the Altadena Community Church and tickets are available at the door and online.

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Broadcast bonus: Tune into KUSC to hear all the Ring Cycle performances. The guide to coverage is here.