Los Angeles Philharmonic offers free concerts

A ticket to Disney Hall may be beyond your reach. But this week the Los Angeles Philharmonic plans to play in a couple of concert venues for free.

Two upcoming performances are the first in a series of neighborhood concerts this season conducted by 26-year-old Manuel Lopez. The only slightly older L.A. Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel hand picked Lopez to present these shows.

The first takes place at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7:30. The second is scheduled for the band shell in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park on Sunday afternoon at 4.

The Cerritos program features a pair of Rossini’s popular overtures and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, among other selections. The MacArthur Park concert will include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” along with music by Dvorak and Mozart and John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The events are free, but the Cerritos Center requires audiences to pick up tickets at its box office before the show. No tickets are necessary for the MacArthur Park program.

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