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Classical Pick of the Week: Volunteer at the Arboretum and Disney Hall, and see Handel's Messiah in June!

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Erich Korngold was an Academy Award winning film composer. He made his permanent residence in California and is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He is most famous for his collaborations with Errol Flynn and adaptations of other compositions for the big screen. For other film composers check out Johnny Greenwood (lead guitarist of Radiohead), Clint Mansell, Bernard Hermann, Henry Mancini, and Miklos Rosza. This week's classical pick also features the work of a film composer, Paul Chihara. This video contains a recording of Jascha Heifetz performing Korngold's famous Violin Concerto.

The Cal Phil is looking for volunteers for the 2009 summer season. This can range from a variety of tasks, including greeting, ushering, and working with the stage crew. Their concerts take place at the Los Angeles Arboretum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, so take advantage of the opportunity to spend a beautiful afternoon/evening in one of these spectacular venues and sit back (after volunteering) and enjoy some music! For more information, e-mail or check out their website.

As a finale, Pacific Serenades will present the world premiere of a new work by versatile composer Paul Chihara. This will be the 94th work premiered by Pacific Serenades, a testament of their vast experience and long-standing commitment to new music. It will be performed along with a Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major and Haydn's Piano Trio in A Minor. Their concerts are today at 4 PM and on Tuesday at 8 PM. The brand-new Broad Stage in Santa Monica will host the National Children's Chorus and Sinfonia Orchestra this Saturday at 7 PM. This will actually be a re-orchestration of Handel's oratorio done by Mozart in 1789. It is rarely performed outside of the holidays, so if you're hankering for some Christmas music, you're in luck.