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The week ahead in L.A. classical music, July 23-30: The 20th iPalpiti Festival and more

iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates Works by Schubert and Mahler. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo. Sun., 2 p.m. $29-$39. (949) 480-4278.

SummerFest 17 Piano Trio Céleste performs works by Beethoven, Mozart, et al., in this Music Guild presentation. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. Sun., 3 p.m. $46-$58; discounts available. (310) 558-3500.

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The week ahead in L.A. theater, July 23-30: 'As You Like It,' REDCAT's NOW Festival and more

Capsule reviews are by Philip Brandes (P.B.) and David C. Nichols (D.C.N.)

Openings

Becoming Human Celebrity therapist and playwright Dr. Nicki J. Monti explores her difficult relationship with her mother in this new dark comedy. McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, L.A. Sun., next Sun., 5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; ends Aug. 6. $30. (323) 960-4451.

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The week ahead in L.A. dance, July 23-30: 'Giselle' and more

FLAX France Los Angeles Exchange explores the concepts of community and identity in a work featuring dozens of amateur and professional dancers. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. Free. www.flaxfoundation.org.

BalletNow Dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet, “So You Think You Can Dance,” etc., perform in three distinct programs.

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Gustavo Dudamel speaks out on Venezuela's constitution fight: ‘The present is the future’

“You know, I didn’t want to speak out,” Gustavo Dudamel said in a short interview in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’d just taken part in a conversation at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Take a Stand” symposium, which brings together administrators, teachers and young musicians from Dudamel-inspired training programs around the county.

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Seven photos, seven stories: Chris Killip on capturing the declining industrial towns of England in the '70s and '80s
The Bowl is no Bayreuth. And with Wagner in Dudamel's defiant hands, that's not a bad thing

We know exactly the atmosphere in which Wagner wanted his music performed. Or at least we think we do, and it is not sonically, physically and aesthetically the Hollywood Bowl, where Gustavo Dudamel happened to lead a spectacularly effective all-Wagner concert Thursday night with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale.

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