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Set the Night to Music: A Very Classical Valentine's Day

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For the 49% of you that don't want to go out for dinner on Valentine's Day, there's a nice and equally romantic alternative at your local music venues. For those who HAVE to have a romantic dinner Valentine's Day, we know a few places.You can have this French cellist Gautier Capuçon (pictured) and Charles Dutoit woo you and/or your special friend in Strauss' Don Quixote, as part of LA Phil's Romance series, on Thursday at 8 PM. For the slackers, out-of-towners, and service industry workers, there are follow up performances on Friday and Saturday as well.

You can even make a day of it, and head down to San Diego to catch the Russian National Ballet for a production of Cinderella, or ironically (and secretly) enjoy Kenny G at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County.

In an unexpected turn of events, the British might have pulled off a more romantic program for Valentine's Day than the French, just with the inclusion of Elgar's Cello Concerto (made famous by the movie Hillary and Jackie). The BBC Concert Orchestra is in town and performing at CSUN's Valley Performing Arts Center, of all places. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online, or at the box office on the day of the performance (if it isn't sold out).