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Classical Pick of the Week: Vespers

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An action-packed week! After this month, it's slim pickins' until September, so get some culture in while you can. This Thursday at 8 pm, the Salastina Music Society is performing at Zipper Hall. The chamber music program includes Vaughn-Williams, Brahms, and Barber. You can get discounted tickets in advance here. There's also a repeat concert on Saturday the 16th, but you'd have to drive out to Claremont.

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena has "From Renoir to Ravel: Impressionism in Art and Music" this Friday at 7 pm. As usual, performance is free as long as you're in the museum at the time of the performance. Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar will perform a variety of piano works that feature the Impressionist style and discusses the connections between the art and music of that era (our guess is Jeux d'eau, La Valse, and Sonatine, though we really would like to hear Gaspard de la nuit).

This Saturday and Sunday, the Pasadena Master Chorale is putting on a performance of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (or more often listed as Vespers), which is often considered one of Rachmaninoff's greatest (non-piano) compositions. There are performances at the First Congregational Church in Pasadena on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at the Altadena Community Church on Sunday at 4 pm.

The Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills is hosting the final regular concert (another performance in July with iPalpiti) of their "Music in the Mansion" series, with flutist Jenni Olson. She will perform a variety of chamber works written by living Los Angeles composers. For more information on the concert or the series, click here.