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Arts and Entertainment

Classical Pick of the Week: Vocal Adrenaline

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is seen here performing Lux Aurumque, which is on the program for Saturday's "Sure On This Shining Night" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Cal Phil is bringing Beethoven and Broadway (and maybe you!) to the Arboretum (at 7:30 PM) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (at 2 PM) this weekend. The program includes excerpts from Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, the Lion King, the Little Mermaid, Beethoven's 9th, and the Leonore overture. For downtown denizens, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is putting on a show of contemporary vocal music from the likes of Conte, Morten Lauridsen, and a new work commisioned by the GMCLA from DJ John Tejada. VIP seating is also available. The popular Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks is back again this weekend, with Bramwell Tovey and the USC marching band. If the violin concerto isn't enough to get you pumped up for the concert, the program also includes the 1812 Overture, the Capriccio italien, and the Festival Coronation March. The concert is on Friday and Saturday, at 8:30 PM.

The Banning Museum in Wilmington (next to San Pedro), is throwing a birthday party for Phineas Banning, the museum's founder who was better known as "the Father of the Port of Los Angeles". The Hutchins Consort, a fairly well-known octet, is performing at the celebration. The concert is 25 dollars and you can bring your own picnic but for 75 dollars, you can get reserved seating, VIP parking, wine, and dinner included as a package. Gates open at 6 PM.