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Arts and Entertainment

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.

Yaz @ The Orpheum Theatre
Carmina Burana @ Burton Chace Park
Tilly & the Wall, Castledoor @ Echoplex
The Gutter Twins, Ed Harcourt @ The Roxy
Spanish Harlem Orchestra @ Santa Monica Pier
Robert Francis, Sunny Levine, HAIM @ Troubadour
Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique @ Hollywood Bowl
King Khan and the Shrines, The Jacuzzi Boys @ The Echo
Don Byron, Billy Childs, Joe Henry @ Largo at the Coronet
Miss Derringer, The Deadly Syndrome @ Hammer Museum
Sara & Sean Watkins, David Garza @ The Little Room (inside Largo)
Supreme Beings of Leisure, Love Song Surprise, Static Revenger @ Viper Room
Dan Wilson, David Ford, Daniel Ahearn, The Kin, Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane @ Hotel Cafe
Kissing Tigers, Juanita and the Rabbit, Stab City, Drone Hooligan @ Silverlake Lounge