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Mark Swed hits the road for a weekend of SoCal orchestra listening

Mark Swed hits the road for a weekend of SoCal orchestra listening

Southern California is a land of symphony orchestras. We support dozens upon dozens of them — kiddie, youth, university, community and the world's greatest and most important. They turn up not just in the big cities but seemingly everywhere — Rio Hondo, Topanga, Redlands, Bellflower, Downey, Redlands, La Jolla, the Imperial and Coachella valleys. With Walt Disney Concert Hall, a symphony auditorium has even become an enduring symbol of Los Angeles.

So the first weekend of the new year seemed a good time to check on a few. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and San Diego Symphony opened for business with their first concerts of 2016. (The...

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