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Tonight in Rock: Robert Francis, LA Philharmonic

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There are some pieces of classical music that are truly rock n' roll, in a sense. Hector Berlioz composed the grandiose Symphonie Fantastique ("An Episode in the Life of the Artist") in 1830. There are no words, but the morbid and exciting program music has tales of opium and death. Good stuff, even if you don't know the story line, it sounds fantastic. The LA Phil plays it tonight at the Hollywood Bowl.

More amazing "rock" classical music comes tonight in the huge choral piece, Carmina Burana. If you've seen a movie preview, you've heard this music. Sam Kim has the details for the free concert in Marina del Rey over at LAist's Classical Pick of the Week.

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And for some rock? The young and extremely talented Robert Francis plays at the Troubadour tonight along with HAIM and Sunny Levine. Also: Check out Ali Miller's This Month in Rock to plan ahead.