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SoCal classical music listings, July 7-14: The LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, a Brahms festival and more

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014: Juanjo Mena conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven
Guest conductor Juanjo Mena will lead the LA Phil’s classical summer-season opener at the Hollywood Bowl.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Songs of the Spheres The Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome series continues with a selection of new vocal works performed by sopranos Hila Plitmann and Sangeeta Kaur, the Sterling Ensemble and others. Mount Wilson Observatory, L.A. Sun., 3 and 5 p.m. $50.

Summer of Brahms Chamber Music Festival The New Hollywood String Quartet and special guests perform the complete instrumental chamber-music works of Johannes Brahms over the course of eight consecutive nights. South Pasadena Public Library, Community Room, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. Sun.-next Sun., 7:30 p.m. $40; students, $15; festival passes, $240. (626) 799-6333.

Carnival of the Animals The LA Phil under guest conductor Juanjo Mena launches its summer classical season with Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” featuring sibling piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque; program also includes Berlioz’ “Symphonie fantastique.” Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Tue., 8 p.m. $1-$162. (323) 850-2000.


iPalpiti Festival The annual showcase gets underway with artists-in-residence Zadig Trio and rising young musicians playing works by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov in three distinct programs. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. $20; festival passes available. (760) 633-2746.

Falla & Flamenco The LA Phil under assistant conductor Paolo Bortolameolli is joined by members of Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater for a Spain-focused program of works by de Falla and Ravel. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Thu., 8 p.m. $1-$162. (323) 850-2000.

The Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival Hausmann Quartet plays works by Beethoven and Caroline Shaw. UCLA Powell Library Rotunda, 10740 Dickson Plaza, Westwood. Thu., noon. Free.

Prism: The First Concert This conductor-less 17-member vocal ensemble specializing in Renaissance choral music gives its inaugural performance. St. Basil’s Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. Fri., 8 p.m. Free. (213) 381-6191.


iPalpiti Festival Two-part concert features soloists performing pieces by Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns and others, followed by the iPalpiti Orchestra performing works to be announced. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Sat., 6 and 7:30 p.m. $35. (760) 633-2746.

Rhapsody in Blue Michael Feinstein and Pasadena Pops celebrate the music of George Gershwin and his Jazz Age contemporaries; with guest vocalists Patti Austin and Tony Yazbeck and pianist Frederick Hodges. The Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $25 and up. (626)-793-7172.

Second Saturday Series Pianist Brendan White plays pieces by Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt. Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale. Sat., 5 p.m. Free; donations accepted. (818) 244-7241.

Bastille Day California Philharmonic presents a French-themed program that includes Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony,” plus Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique” and selections from the musical “Les Misérables.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $37.50-$140. (323) 850-2000.

iPalpiti Festival The iPalpiti orchestra and soloists perform works to be announced. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Next Sun., 2 p.m. Free; donations accepted. (310) 377-6771.

Montecito International Music Festival 2019 Three-week showcase includes performances by viola player Andrés Cárdenas, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Cho-Liang Lin and many others. La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. Starts next Sun.; ends Aug. 2. Free. (213) 925-2400.

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