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What's it like to hear the L.A. Phil play your music in Disney Hall? Ask these composers, ages 16 to 18

Conductor Christopher Rountree stands illuminated by a spotlight on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage. He takes a soothing breath and encourages the 2,100 middle school students seated before him to help perform John Cage’s seminal composition, “4’33”,” which requires the audience and musicians to participate in silence for four minutes and 33 seconds.

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An idiosyncratic ride with the Bamberg Symphony and Ray Chen at CAP UCLA

You have to hand it to those persistent concertgoers who somehow made it through the downpour to UCLA’s Royce Hall on Friday night to hear an orchestra that is not exactly one of the most glamorous in the world. 

Dedicated record collectors from way back, however, know about the Bamberg Symphony from a plethora of inexpensive Vox LPs from the 1950s.

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Essential Arts & Culture: A buoyant 'Zoot Suit,' Moholy-Nagy at LACMA, and the power of composer Thomas Adès

Fly suits on stage at the Mark Taper Forum. The eternal artistic optimism of a Hungarian refugee of war. And the British composer who is making L.A. his second home. I’m Carolina A.

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The Red Riding Hood fable as serial killer drama? That's 'Grimly Handsome'

The boundaries between human civilization and the animal kingdom become very blurry indeed in “Grimly Handsome,” an appropriately titled grim fairy tale from Santa Monica’s longtime purveyor of psychically unsettling theater, City Garage.

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Flower? Animal? Person? The color-drenched questions in Mimi Lauter's drawings
Twentysomething female entrepreneurs shake up Topanga's annual film festival with 'deeper' relaunch

On the grounds of an ornate estate in the hills of Topanga Canyon, a crowd of 100 or so film lovers is discussing a batch of selectively screened international shorts.

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