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Violinist Joshua Bell Joins La Phil Assistant Conductor Lionel Bringuier

Joshua Bell has captured the public’s attention like no other classical violinist of his time. “Mr. Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow,” said The New York Times. For over two decades, Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare opulence. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. Bell received the 2008 Academy of Achievement award for exceptional accomplishment in the arts.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Casual Fridays series encourages audience and orchestra members to attend attired in comfortable clothes. These shorter programs – without intermission – feature free post-concert activities for all ticket-holders to enjoy. These activities include a TalkBack discussion with musicians held on stage after the performance and a chance to mingle with members of the orchestra in the Concert Hall Café.

Metro to Update Cities in Meetings throughout April and May

Metro will hold several meetings and open houses in April and May, 2009 to brief City councils and the community on the alternatives to be refined and reduced for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project Study, which will extend the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, now under construction, to cities further east of Los Angeles.

Montebello: Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall (1600 W. Beverly Blvd.)
South El Monte: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall (1415 S. Santa Anita Ave.)
Pico Rivera: Tuesday, April 14, 6 p.m.
City Hall (6615 Passons Blvd.)
Monterey Park: Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
City Hall (320 W. Newmark Ave.)
Commerce: Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall (2535 Commerce Way)
Rosemead: Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
City Hall (8838 E. Valley Blvd.)
Whittier: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
City Hall (13230 Penn St., 1st Floor)

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