We occasionally show our scorn here for various classical programs, so fair is fair. We came across not one but two summer concerts this week that we admired for their ingenuity and accessibility. Both the connoisseur and novice could potentially enjoy them. Both feature well known composers (one of them good box office), yet both avoid warhorses. Without further ado, here they are:

SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society), MCASD Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17

Beethoven: The Other Masterpieces

  • Sextet in E flat for two horns and string quartet, Op. 81b
  • String Quintet in C, Op. 29
  • Piano Trio in G, Op. 121a (“Kakadu” Variations)
  • Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, Op. 16

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan conductor, Hollywood Bowl, 8 p.m. Aug. 21

McGegan conducts Haydn

  • Symphony No. 30, “Alleluia”
  • Trumpet Concerto (with Alison Balsom)
  • Overture to Windsor Castle
  • Symphony No. 103, “The Drumroll”

Credit where credit is due. We’d buy tickets to these.

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