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Summertime in California is warm and perfect for outdoor and indoor concerts that everyone in the family can enjoy. In the next few months, there are multiple opportunities to enjoy classical music by the various symphonies that our city is fortunate to host. Whether music by classical masters or that of contemporary composers, the following concerts are bound to enrich your spirits this summer.

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California Philharmonic’s “Beethoven and John Williams”
Santa Anita Race Track
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 300-8200

Dates: August 25 and 26

The last of Cal Phil’s summer concerts this year pays tribute to two monumental composers who have made a huge impact on the world of music – Beethoven, perhaps the best classical composer to date, and John Williams, revered composer for more than 100 feature films. This evening will see the participation of the Cal Phil Chorale and other invited soloists and will feature music from “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” and much more.

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Orange County’s Pacific Symphony’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(714) 755-5799

Date: September 1

This is certain to be an exciting evening under the stars as the 2003 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” displays amidst talented men and women of the Pacific Symphony performing the film’s fantastic soundtrack live. Patrons are welcome to attend dressed as their favorite pirate for this event, appropriate for the entire family. Guests are also invited to bring in a picnic to enjoy in or around the amphitheater and food from vendors will be available for purchase.

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000


Date: September 7 and 8

The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” in this event that has become a tradition at the Hollywood Bowl. The wonderful music will be accompanied by four stars from the American Ballet Theatre performing step sequences from “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” and the evening will wrap up as an absolute sensorial experience with a fantastic fireworks show.

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Pasadena Symphony-Pops’ “Gershwin on the Green”
Los Angeles County Arboretum
310 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91107
(626) 793-7172

Date: September 8

This is the last summer concert of the Pasadena Pops with its first year at the Arboretum. The compositions of American George Gershwin will delight the audience with the added performance of pianist Kevin Cole during “Rhapsody in Blue.” Patrons are welcome to bring in a picnic or purchase food from the various vendors that will be on the premises. Lawn, bench and table seating is available.

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Organ Extravaganza
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-7282

Date: October 21

The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs this evening accompanied by impressive organ sounds in the opening night of its season at the Disney Hall. The famous Disney Hall Pipe Organ will be showcased with music by Muhly, Mealor and more, while the voices of the 115 singers of the Master Chorale combine for a mix that can only be described as thunderous glory.

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Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.