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Dennis Prager draws classical newbies, and a musicians' boycott, at Disney Hall concert

Dennis Prager draws classical newbies, and a musicians' boycott, at Disney Hall concert

"This is something you haven't seen too often," Guido Lamell, music director of the Santa Monica Symphony, said Wednesday night during the encore for the orchestra's summer fundraiser, the ensemble's Walt Disney Concert Hall debut.

Lamell grabbed a bow and musical saw from under the podium and then conservative radio show host Dennis Prager strapped on an accordion for "America the Beautiful." The sold-out audience was encouraged to sing along.

The scene was just the latest in a drama that started with the announcement that Prager would guest-conduct part of the concert. Given some of Prager's inflammatory views and past statements about gays, liberals...

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