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LAist Gift Guide for the Classical Music Lover(s)

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This EXTENSIVE gift guide is not a reflection of any particular taste or preference; it is a gift guide for classical music lovers/enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. Like always, it is recommended to support your local establishments and artists, especially in a city like Los Angeles that is rich in talent and culture. If you're looking to buy tickets as a gift, it is recommended to buy tickets for two people, because no one likes going to a concert alone. It's the perfect gift for a date! The LA Phil offers subscriptions to a series of concerts, and we also recommend tickets to go see Salonen before he's gone or for Dudamel to see what all the craze is about. The Ring Cycle is coming to town, and the LA Opera is putting on productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walkure that look to be very promising. These tickets can get pretty expensive if you go see all four, but up to half the subscription cost is tax deductible. Subscriptions to the Ring Cycle to see all four range from $100-$2,200, so choose the tickets according to how much you like that person. Don't forget LACO, the Cal Phil, Musica Angelica, or other fine orchestras featured on our website weekly. There are also world-class events at the Hollywood Bowl, Royce Hall, and Zipper Hall that you can purchase tickets for.

What to get for the kid who thinks classical music is lame/for old people...

Wii Music allows people of all ages to get together and play on all sorts of instruments. There are 60+ instruments at your disposal, and you can create and share your tunes online with other friends. Think of it as Guitar Hero on steroids. Watch the video in the link to hear their multiple renditions of the Super Mario Bros. theme.

For the one who is driven to drink when they hear classical music...
The Mozart Chocolate Cream Gold Liqueur is made in the hometown of Mozart in Salzburg, with cocoa, vanilla, sugar, milk, and fruit distillates. Classical music never tasted so good!

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For your rhythmically challenged friend...
Dr. Beat is the metronome of choice for many musicians. It's not a panacea, their rhythm will be better but they'll still sound like crap. The liqueur (see above) might make it sound better though.

CDs, Books, DVDs and more after the jump...