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With Steven Vanhauwaert

on December 17th, 2013
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As you may know, my favorite thing to do when I am out of the house, but not in a restaurant, is to listen to classical music. That is what I did Saturday afternoon when the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra was performing its 69th Season Winter Concert at Barnum Hall.
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With Guido Lamell

on October 25th, 2013
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As a food critic, I am often asked if I were to go on a “date”, what restaurant he should take me to. My answer is clear: a concert — but only classical music. Naturally, I was very happy to be invited to the 69th season premiere of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra last weekend.

I had the privilege of going backstage and interviewing Guido Lamell, the music director and conductor. He has also been a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1979. KUSC Radio host Rich Capparela made the introductions of Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and violinist Roberto Cani, who played Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D major, Op. 35 on a 1714 Stradivarius!

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